Cardio v. Weight Training

So why should you do both?


blog cardio trainingCalorie for calorie, cardio has a slight advantage. You will burn 10 to 12 calories per minute running, compared with 8 to 10 calories per minute hoisting weights.






blog weight trainingLifting weight gives you a metabolic spike for as long as an hour after your workout because your body is trying help your muscles repair. That means you will fry an additional 25% of the calories you just burned from your workout. Lifting heavier weights only increases the amount of calories burned.




More good news when it comes to pumping that iron, for every three pounds of muscle you build you will burn another 120 calories just vegging out. This is because muscle takes much more energy to sustain. Over a course of a year that’s about 10 lbs of fat……..without even changing your diet.

At A Strong You Fitness Boot Camp we mix it up by doing both weights and cardio for 60 minutes.


#atrainerthatcarescharlotte Healthy Smoothies

This healthy pumpkin smoothie is like chilled pumpkin pie in a glass, but without the fat and calories. This thick and creamy smoothie makes a delicious and filling liquid breakfast or an energy-boosting ‘snack.’ Be sure to use a very ripe banana, preferably frozen, and sweeten your smoothie according to your preference.







• 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
• 1/2 very ripe medium-sized banana
• 3/4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
• 1 tbsp honey
• 1/2 tsp ginger and cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 cup crushed ice
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth, making sure the ice is completely crushed.
Makes two servings
Per 8-10 ounce serving: Calories 167, Calories from Fat 5, Total Fat 0.7g (aat 0.3g), Cholesterol 2mg, Sodium 74mg, Carbohydrate 34g, Fiber 3.1g, Protein 6.6g

14 Fad Diets You Shouldn’t Try

Dubious Diets

by K. Aleisha Fetters

Every day it seems a new diet is ready to make weight loss faster and easier than ever before. Or at least they say they are. “Most fad diets go something like this: Take a few foods, give them ‘magic’ power, and set a plan to convince people that eating this way and only this way will promote weight loss,” says Alexandra Caspero, RD, a nutritionist based in Sacramento, Calif. The following diets might spur short-term weight loss, but many are difficult to follow, have arbitrary rules, and a few could put your health in danger.

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