This is a debate that’s been going on for a few decades. For many years, everyone assumed that you had to do massive cardio to lose weight.

Then there were some trainers that experienced something different and started to speak out about their experiences, ……which at the time went counter to the prevailing thought.  These trainers contradicted the only-cardio-will-work-for-weight-loss school of thought.  Additionally, research emerged that debunked this same belief.

In this post, we’re going to provide some videos with somewhat differing points of view on this subject, although there is one strong point of view of each of these trainers.



Let’s start with this video which is an overview of what the issues are.  This video comes down heavily on the side of strength training.   It proposes that strength training can beat the fat-burning effects of pure cardio.

The additional effect of pure cardio is that you will slowly lose Type II muscle fiber because you’re not stimulating it.  I don’t agree with everything they say in this video, especially the number of reps you should do when weight training, but they present a strong point of view.

If you’ve got comments, we welcome them below.




Gregory does a good job of explaining the different body types and why they look the way they do.

He describes how someone who only does cardio will not get “toned” like they think they will and in fact, will lose muscle definition if cardio is all they do.

He’s a proponent of strength training and you can look at him and see he knows how to gain muscle and stay lean.



In this video, Marc answers the question from a viewer and he details some concepts and ideas that others miss.  He’s a little rough around the edges, but he definitely knows what he’s talking about and has lots of experience in the field.  He does have an opinion!

He’s a little rough around the edges, but he definitely knows what he’s talking about and has lots of experience in the field.  He does have an opinion!

Watch and make comments below about his video.



Here is a guy who started his journey at 312 lbs. and he describes the different aspects of weight training and cardio that he employed to lose the massive amount of weight he lost.   He’s a down-to-earth guy and many of us can relate to his journey and challenges.

He has a little higher opinion of cardio than some of the other trainer’s videos that I’ve included in this article.

If you’ve got comments, make them below.




As you can tell, I’ve included videos that propose that weight training is a better way to lose weight and fat than cardio.

I’m biased because that has been my experience and many of my clients experience.  I once was an avid runner and I was a skinny-fat person.  I had no muscle definition.  I was just skinny.  Not a great look, and not that healthy, to boot.

Weight training wins the argument, but cardio is not to be eliminated from your overall journey to be healthy. Each person must find the right balance that works for them.

We welcome your comments below.

See you at the gym.





Published by "W" Tucker

I've been a fitness enthusiast for many years and want to encourage guys over 40 to get and stay in shape. It makes life better, and makes you look and feel better.

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  1. I’ve always thought that cardio would be a more effective way to burn fat quickly, too! I’m an avid runner, but I feel like just running alone has prevented me from gaining more muscle tone. I thought your videos and article provided good insight on how weight lifting can be a useful fat-burning regime as well. I’ll have to try more weight-lifting and resistance exercises! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ciara, thanks for the comments.  Yes, I do think that I got much healthier when I added weight training to my overall exercise program.  Running for me was enjoyable, but I didn’t look so great…..skinny and not attractive……kinda like those marathons runners. I don’t think anyone wants to look like that.  Yes, I’d recommend adding some weight training. It can be a nice compliment to other exercise

  2. Hi

    It is tough to find accurate information on whether weigh training is better for weight loss than cardio training.

    I personally prefer cardio training, but have found short bursts of strength training can also be very beneficial.

    This is a great post with some fantastic video insight into which may be of more benefit.

    I look forward to some f your future posts.


    1. thanks for the comments, Chris.  I do find that different clients have preferences of cardio vs. strength training. i think you’ve found the right mix that works for you.  Everyone is different so there is no ONE program that works for everyone

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