This is a question we often see at SAH Performance given so much attention and articles on women lifting weights to achieve a lean muscled physique, and to avoid cardio.
What everyone needs to understand is this is a general thought process and every individual is different and bodies react to stimuli (being training) differently.
I always encourage clients to choose whichever form of exercise they most enjoy doing as this is very important and will make them want to continue exercising long term.
When Clients come to HHT we generally use a combination of training; weights, high intensity training, running and bodyweight exercises, and have found this produces the best results, however, if clients have specific goals and or injuries we adapt accordingly.
Purely lifting weights has its place and a lot of women achieve their goal physique through it. However, it requires very controlled nutrition and discipline, where as combining running and cardio into your training gives much more leeway to be more relaxed with your nutrition as you are burning more Kcal. If you want/ can be extremely disciplined and are happy spending hours in the gym then that’s great! But we have found most clients’ lifestyles to be able to adapt to a more cardio based training plan to utilise their time better and get the results.
Another factor to consider is accessibility, and this is another reason we focus more on cardio based training. A lot of clients are long term and have been training with SAH Performance for years, but we want to equip you to be able to train on your own and where ever you are! Being fit enough to run or complete a circuit you can do this anywhere with no equipment. Sometimes there is no gym in hotels or complexes, so we provide clients with plans to be able to continue with their training when way.