Training Tip of the Week: Cardio alone won’t cut it

Our hearts need a good workout. That much is known.


I remember when I first started working out for weight loss – I knew that if I got moving that I would start sweating and be able to get moving easier and easier. When I sweat I felt a sense of accomplishment – I knew I put in some hard work and it would pay off in the end. After all, I WAS working out and burning calories and that was part of the equation, right?


That was until I hit my first plateau.


It was not fun! I would work out and work out and wondered “Why are the pounds not dropping? Why did the scale just stop moving? Aren’t I doing what I’m supposed to do?”


I was, for the most part, but I had to teach myself about the TYPES of working out to make sense of it all – we all know how I like to pile on the fitness knowledge 😉


I began to understand the composition of the body and the PURPOSE OF CARDIO: it’s meant to work the heart which is one of the most used muscles in the body. However, when it comes to weight loss, the body needs to be challenged from various angles as we acclimate to the challenges we place upon ourselves.




In order to burn fat, we should get moving – the more we get moving the more we want to also increase muscle. This requires strength training whether we use our own bodies or use external loads. The increase in muscle allows our body’s structor to stand strong and tall and operate more effectively! (I also wrote a post about the effects of interval training as it relates to post-workout benefits also.)


The reason to do more than cardio? Our whole bodies need a challenge when it comes to endurance AND strength, so working aerobically won’t cut it forever. Also, adding more muscle will stabilize us so that we are less likely to injure ourselves WHILE we are DOING CARDIO.


Make sense?




This is the reason that I enjoy workouts like INSANITY MAX 30: you work your body our USING only your body’s own weight through compound movements that incorporate strength AND cardio – double effectiveness right?



How do you mix up your workouts to include cardio AND strength workouts?

What’s your favorite way to challenge your body aside from cardio?

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    June 8, 2015, 8:05 am


    I definitely definitely definitely learned this one the hard way. The hard hard way 🙂
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    June 8, 2015, 8:21 am

    GREAT post and SO true! I love strength training and especially body pump. When I feel like class has gotten meh that means it’s time to up the weight! I love challenging myself that way 🙂
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    June 8, 2015, 8:45 am

    Okay so all your posts about strength training much be sinking in, b/c I finally started a regular strength training program haha
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    June 8, 2015, 10:13 am

    Very true! As a runner I don’t do nearly enough strength training. I’ve been doing a challenge so far this month though and am already seeing results! Yay!
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    June 11, 2015, 8:18 am

    Really nice post! I was wondering that same as you in the beginning : how come I work out but I don’t lose weight? I try to do as much as I can during the week … I need to start moving more! Thanks for the post! 🙂

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