When it comes to cardio and strength training, it’s not really a matter of one vs. the other. In order to shed pounds and achieve your desired physique, you really need to do a combination of the two. Individually, they may be effective, but implementing both into your fitness routine will really help accelerate results. To find out how much of each you should do each week, we consulted Equinox personal trainer Erika Bonifacio.
“In a week, you could do three days of total-body workouts where you can change each day’s intensities and then add cardio and conditioning drills in the circuit,” she told POPSUGAR.
But if you’re really looking to change your body composition, you can work out five times a week and incorporate two to three days of cardio-specific training into the mix. For example, Erika says you can complete 30 to 45 minutes of steady-state cardio (treadmill, elliptical, stair climber, etc.) on one day while doing 15 to 30 minutes of interval training on another day.
Pushing your body with the latter formula will help you lose weight and get strong in no time.