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Hammer Fitness Blog

Published in Barbell Box May 2019

AMER “THE HAMMER” KAMRA

COVER MODEL, YOUNGEST PRO COMPETITOR AT THE AGE OF 21, BODY COMPOSITION SPECIALIST AND FOUNDER OF HAMMER FITNESS… A FEW OF MANY REASONS THIS MAN IS PAVING THE WAY FOR THE FITNESS INDUSTRY

The age old question: cardio or weights?

Theres a huge misconception about what happens when you lift weights vs doing cardio. The majority of people seem to believe that lifting weights specifically builds muscle while cardio only

reduces body fat. This couldn’t be further from the truth! When you lift weights, there are both long-term and short-term fat loss benefits. Essentially, what

makes cardio, cardio? The fact that you are on a treadmill or elliptical? We are doing
cardio all the time, even

when you are laying in bed your body is pumping blood through your heart to
various parts of your body. THAT is all that cardio
actually is. When you
perform ’cardio’ on a
treadmill you are simply pumping blood quicker, as
a result contracting your
heart and other muscles in
your body. So if thats all that makes cardio what it is, why not focus on muscular contractions through lifting weights?

There are 3 main reasons why lifting weights is superior to traditional cardio for fat loss.

Theres something known as EPOC which is Excess Post Oxygen Consumption. This occurs in the hours after your workout. When you you lift weights, your body expends a greater percentage of energy after your workout. Your metabolism is elevated, and your body needs to use energy to repair the micro-trauma that you’ve created. When you get sick, you metabolism is elevated anywhere from 20-50% because your body needs to work to ‘repair’ itself. The same thing happens when you lift weights or perform any HIIT activity. Due to the intensity, your body needs to repair itself. Luckily for you, when your body is in reparation mode, you burn more calories.

When you are lifting weights, your muscles need a greater amount of energy to con- tract. The more you focus on the con- tractions, the more energy you’ll expend which results in a greater amount of acute fat loss.

The third primary benefit of lifting weights for fat loss is that the more muscle you build, the more energy is required to move that muscle on a. Day-to-day basis which results in chron- ic fat loss.

In conclusion, lifting weights seems to have a lasting impact on fat loss. Cardio results in short term fat loss, and when you stop doing cardio, the benefits do too whereas with lifting weights, the impact on your metabolism becomes lasting beyond the activity.