The same research paper argued that it’s probably best to do weight training and some form of cardio, which is true when you consider the health benefits of both.
EPOC (Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption) from weight training partly explains why this is the case. EPOC is the phenomenon whereby you continue to have a higher energy expenditure at rest for up to 48 hours after lifting weights. Cardio may burn more calories while you’re actually doing it compared to most types of weight training, but a lifting workout KEEPS burning calories.
So what can you take away from this? Well, quite simply, if you’re trying to avoid or get rid of a fat gut, lifting weights trumps cardio. We’ve found this surprises so many men, who think that going for a jog would be much more effective at ridding him of his belly than squatting.
This is why the training we employ with all of our male members hits both sides of the coin – weight lifting in an intense and fast atmosphere with cardiovascular training added in. This ensures our members get the results we guarantee, while also improving their cardiovascular health. Win-win.