The SDSMA Gym, Colchester’s Premier Fitness Centre

Tel: 01206 870700

Tel: 01206 870700

Free weights or cardio, what should I choose for my time in the gym?

For most people, the reason for visiting the gym is to achieve an end goal. A combination of weights and cardio is suitable for most individuals, and that combination does vary depending on your end goal. A plan is needed first and foremost, and once you have devised that plan, you will have a clear idea of what you need to do in the gym.

“What are the choices you need to make!”

The choice between free weights and cardio depends on your individual fitness goals. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Building muscle: If you want to build muscle, weight training is typically a better option than cardio. Weight training will allow you to target specific muscle groups and can help you build lean muscle mass.
  2. Losing weight: Both weight training and cardio can be effective for weight loss. However, the key to fat loss comes from understanding your required nutrition levels.
  3. Improving cardiovascular fitness: If you want to improve your cardiovascular fitness, cardio is the way to go. Cardio activities like running, cycling, and swimming can help you improve your endurance and heart health.
  4. Improving overall fitness: For overall fitness, a combination of both free weights and cardio is recommended. Weight training can help you build strength and improve your posture, while cardio can help you improve your cardiovascular fitness.

Ultimately, the choice between free weights and cardio depends on your individual fitness goals and personal preferences. A well-rounded fitness plan should include a combination of both weight training and cardio to provide the best results.