Cardio & Resistance Training Made Beautiful
The Tuffit and supporting workouts were designed to incorporate cardio and strength (i.e. resistance) work in one programme. There are REALLY good reasons for that…
Cardio Vs Resistance
Cardio training (raising your heart rate) refers to exercising the cardio vascular system. The heart is a muscle like any other and needs to be exercised to keep it strong. Long duration cardio (on a treadmill or cross trainer for example) is a great way to burn off some excess calories and raise the heart rate enough to give health benefits. However, long steady cardio only burns calories whilst you are actively working out.
In comparison, it is well documented that resistance training continues to use up calories hours after your workout is complete. After training, the body works very hard to repair itself and build stronger muscles, and this process uses up lots of extra calories whilst you are actually doing nothing!
Resistance training is an excellent way to build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints. If carried out correctly, it can help to keep the skeletal frame in alignment and help with posture. In addition, increasing lean mass is a great way to look toned and shapely.
Why Combine The Two?
Combining cardio and resistance is a great way to speed up the metabolism (the rate at which your body burns fat). It also takes up less time than doing separate programmes and retains all the benefits. Why spend an hour just doing steady cardio when you can do both?
My experience from working with clients is that combining cardio and resistance training is a great way to tone the body and reduce body fat, and give all the associated health benefits in one workout. Resistance training is such a great calorie burner that if controlling your weight is one of your goals then this type of training should most definitely be incorporated into your workouts.
In addition, this way of working out is never going to be boring – the variety is endless! The Tuffit programmes are meant to challenge both body and mind. They keep you moving between resistance and cardio exercises giving you plenty to think about so you don’t get bored! The workouts can also be tailored to be as challenging as you want them to be and we currently have 150 programmes for you to choose from.
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