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Cardio vs. Strength Training

Posted Nov 13 2012 4:22pm

I woke up this wonderful Tuesday morning to snow covering the ground. Sigh.

It’s not that I hate snow, it’s more that I hate the cold. And I don’t like driving in the snow. The snow has already melted, so I am happy again…for now. It’s still cold.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.45 miles treadmill
  • Butts and Guts class - 60 minutes

Total Pile on the Miles: 20.2 miles

Today in Butts and Guts, we did a lot of exercises with the stability ball.

Butts and Guts is usually about 60% cardio, 30% strength, and 10% ab work. <—– Do you like my mathematician skills right there? Random Heather Fact: Before I started watching my niece in the afternoons, I worked at Kumon Learning Center tutoring kids in a math and reading program.

Back to Butts and Guts….I was saying that the class is about 60% cardio. Before I started taking BodyPump a little over a year ago, about 80% of my time in the gym was spent doing cardio – the treadmill, elliptical, stairmaster, etc. I thought I loved cardio.

Then I started taking BodyPump two times a week and eventually three times a week, and I realized that I loved strength training more than I ever loved cardio. Strength training helped me tone up and gain muscle that I didn’t even know was possible. Also, doing so much cardio left me injured a lot – I had hip bursitis from all the repetitive moments, and I detached my rib cartridge at one point.

I am not saying that cardio isn’t good. It is – it’s great to keep your heart healthy and make you happy. But strength training can change your body in ways that doing cardio exercises can’t. I think it’s important to have a good balance between the two. So, even though BodyPump is my favorite class, Butts and Guts helps me get my cardio in for the day.

After the gym, I had a few errands to run. I think I finally finished getting the stuff for the kid’s Christmas stockings. I am ahead of schedule this year!

In our house, Santa fills your stocking with little toys and treats and that’s the first thing that you get to open on Christmas morning.

Buzz Buzz

I started reading a new book a few days ago. The Secret Life of Bees. Yes, I’m using a coupon as a bookmark.

My mom gave me this book to read a long time ago, and I never was really interested in it. I just didn’t think that it was a book that I’d enjoy. Then, the other day, I was bored and wanting something to read, and I saw it lying there, so I decided to give it a try…now I’m hooked.

I am about halfway through and it’s a really good book. I am enjoying it so far, although sometimes when the author goes into a little too much detail about the bees, I have a hard time paying attention. But so far, I’d recommend it.

Questions of the day:

  • Which do you prefer: cardio or strength?
  • Snow: Love it or Hate it?
  • Do you have stockings in your house for the holidays?
  • Have you read The Secret Life of Bees?

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