As I mentioned in my last post our “me” time is limited during the holidays with all of the shopping, parties and traveling we do, so when it comes to our workouts we want to be as efficient as possible. Most people struggle with the decision of whether to do cardio or strength training. Especially with limited free time, we put more pressure on ourselves to get the most “bang from our burn.” A common misperception is that you need to torture yourself on a treadmill for hours to burn calories and ward off the weight gain and only fit in strength training when you can, if you have time…which you typically don’t. So, it doesn’t get done. Sure, aerobic exercise makes your heart stronger and more efficient, burns calories, and increases stamina, however it doesn’t build muscle. Sometimes it burns muscle for fuel resulting in a decreased resting metabolic rate. As I mentioned here, you will burn more calories by BUILDING muscle, not BURNING muscle. This means you shouldn’t overdo it on the cardio equipment and make sure you carve out some time for your strength training. This will lead to significant changes in your body and maintaining a healthy weight throughout the holidays.
The great thing about The Bar Method is you don’t need to choose. The Bar Method is a type of interval training that offers most of the benefits of both aerobic and strength training in just one hour and more recently in 45 minutes with our new “Bar Express” format. The exercises in The Bar Method build stamina, burn fat, and strengthen your cardiovascular system while toning and elongating your muscles. My life and my body changed once I stopped listening to the nagging voice in my head lecturing me about doing more cardio workouts and started pushing myself harder in class. Aerobic exercise is a plus when you can fit it in. But if you just have time for one workout, listen to what your body is telling you about how much you love the Bar Method, and enjoy it!
Check out the chart below to see how the benefits of The Bar Method stack up against aerobic exercise and strength training alone.