Fitness Formation column

Ryan Donohue outside his Fitness Formation premises in Lancaster.
Ryan Donohue outside his Fitness Formation premises in Lancaster.

The benefits of resistance training vs cardio training – a subject that divides many fitness professionals.

As we’ve said before, it’s not a one size fits all scenario when it comes to fitness.

Nobody should feel pushed or forced into a certain method of training, or have a certain method force fed to them because of an individual’s beliefs.

Some people may use a certain style of training because they simply enjoy it. Others may train that way because it is beneficial to their sport or hobby of choice.

So, this weeks column will give you some alternatives to pounding the treadmill or the pavement, using other methods of cardio training that will help to torch calories, and burn fat.

Skipping - boxers spend hours honing this skill, and for a very good reason.

Skipping for 10 minutes is the equivalent of running a mile at 5-6 mph.

It’s also cost effective. Most ropes only cost a few quid from any sports store, or if you feel you want to spend little bit more, invest in a good speed rope.

Skipping will also help to build your core strength, and stability. Just leave the double under’s to the boxers for now.

Rowing will also give you a full body workout whilst working all of your major muscle groups. Good technique will ensure you burn fat at a rate that can be on a par with resistance training. Start with fifteen minutes. Build up, and you’ll be rowing like a pro before you know it.

Cycling will build some serious strength gains in your quads, hamstrings, and your glutes.

Seek advice from someone in the know about what type of bike to buy, and how to ensure that you pedal with a focus on efficiency, and power, in equal measure.

Swimming is an excellent way to burn fat, and increase your cardio fitness. Start with two to three times a week for 30-60 minutes.

Studies suggest that this is enough to increase your VO2 max by 11-12 per cent, which is a reflection of your individual aerobic fitness.

Try the above methods of cardio training to add some variety to your current program.

As well as trying something new, you will be applying variables to your training, which are essential to ensure that you do not plateau.