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    I just want to say my friend is a overweight, not as much as you but still rather overweight and she joined a gym and all she did was basically cardio 4 times a week. After about 6 week she lost just over an inch off her waist so you will see some big results at the start because you are really overweight.
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    Cardio is bad for you? Never heard something so ridiculous in my life.

    I value functional strength over pure gym strength. Doing things like cardio (running, swimming, boxing whatever) builds a different type of strength and cardiovascular fitness. It's very important. I think many forums like this one overstate the case for strength and always recommend Starting Strength or Strong Lifts. Whilst they are pretty awesome it depends on the person's aims-- SS/SL appear to be forced on everyone with a "how dare you" response at the alternatives.

    I personally value the core body and functional strength of gymansts, martial artists and bodyweight exercises over the power lifting type. Seeing things like planche pushups, single arm pull ups and a maltese are incredibly impressive. Power lifters and most gym goers pumping iron wouldn't dream of managing such movements. For me, a truer test of your strength is how well you can shift and control your own body weight since that is what you are carrying every day and it's the type of strength that will benefit you most. Do you think Special Forces do weight lifting all day? They're pumping out thousands of repetitions of body weight.

    Anyway, end of rant. Cardio is awesome and should be done in combination with strength training for overall fitness for most people. Don't concentrate only on strength unless that is your aim.
    Yes, brilliant post. I am in complete agreement with this. Fighters have the best ratio of cardio fitness and functional strength. And gymnasts are absolutely ****ing brilliant, it is remarkable what they can do.

    I frankly could not give a dam what you can squat, deadlift, bench. I am much more impressed with things like pull ups, how long you can fight for and how much balance you have.
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    (Original post by silent ninja)
    Cardio is bad for you? Never heard something so ridiculous in my life.

    I value functional strength over pure gym strength. Doing things like cardio (running, swimming, boxing whatever) builds a different type of strength and cardiovascular fitness. It's very important. I think many forums like this one overstate the case for strength and always recommend Starting Strength or Strong Lifts. Whilst they are pretty awesome it depends on the person's aims-- SS/SL appear to be forced on everyone with a "how dare you" response at the alternatives.

    I personally value the core body and functional strength of gymansts, martial artists and bodyweight exercises over the power lifting type. Seeing things like planche pushups, single arm pull ups and a maltese are incredibly impressive. Power lifters and most gym goers pumping iron wouldn't dream of managing such movements. For me, a truer test of your strength is how well you can shift and control your own body weight since that is what you are carrying every day and it's the type of strength that will benefit you most. Do you think Special Forces do weight lifting all day? They're pumping out thousands of repetitions of body weight.

    Anyway, end of rant. Cardio is awesome and should be done in combination with strength training for overall fitness for most people. Don't concentrate only on strength unless that is your aim.
    Great post, I completely agree. I've started to do a combination of cardio and calisthenics at my local park and I'm feeling and looking a lot better. Bodyweight FTW!


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