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Aerobic vs. Weight Training

by Jeff Thaxton |   Date Released : 02 Jun 2006
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Jeff Thaxton

About the author: Jeff Thaxton

Jeff Thaxton is a Certified Personal Trainer by the American Council on Exercise. He earned a BS degree in Exercise Science at Eastern Washington University in 2001 and has continuing education certifications in human movement, advanced program design, nutrition for special populations, counseling for health and fitness professionals, overcoming fitness plateaus and others. He is the owner of an in home personal training business called Fit for Life, and he has volunteer experience in physical therapy clinics and cardiopulmonary units.

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Comments (7)

Canning, James | 21 Dec 2010, 20:14 PM

This is a very poor article. For a start: "they will just get more tone and lean". Tone short for tonus has a specific meaning in exercise science: its the firmness of any given muscle when you arent deliberately flexing it. Tonus improves when you train with weights, but its not anything you can see.
Toning is used in books and magazines catering to women who perceive the idea that by using very light weights and high reps that they will somehow make their muscles look better without making them bigger. If weights are unchallenging for example too light which usually happens when women train, then muscle wont grow. if your muscles dont grow, they wont look any better than they did before even if you could strip the fat off that sits on top. With or without excess fat, your body simply will not look healthy and fit without well trained muscle tissue.
Women should not be worried of bulking up as it is very difficult for most men let alone women to bulk up and we have more chance due to our hormonal advantage.

Morley, Tom | 18 Sep 2010, 21:30 PM

I have to agree with the above comment by Chris. This article is outdated. Soreness is NOT the primary cause of lactic acid. Unless the exercise is extreme, almost all of lactic acid buildup is eliminated within about one minute of the last rep during hard resistance training. I'm sure the exercise physiologist guys can back me up on this. I am also not in agreement with the fact that a person should do cardio after a workout.

Muhlethaler, Martine | 04 Aug 2010, 07:55 AM

Great article that I am going to give to my female clients. Telling them to perform weight training is sometimes not enough to convince them. Hopefully now they will be convinced!!!

Magedera, Carl | 15 Jun 2010, 20:23 PM

It would be interesting to see research on propensity to build muscle dependent on female somatypes rather than blanket saying that endurance level weights of 12-15 reps. Even though this is a seems a wise rule of thumb it doesn't inspire confidence for ladies to experience smaller rep ranges and heavier weights if their ultimate goal is to loose more body fat more quickly.

kennedy, james | 27 Dec 2009, 13:12 PM

I can't say i fully agree with this article

Block, Chris | 06 Dec 2009, 10:36 AM

This article is outdated and once again assumes that if women lift heavy weight they will "bulk up". The author tries to discount this myth, but then goes on to say you need to stay in a high rep range to get toned. He basically just fed himself right into the Myth! Endurance training is not the SAME as toning

Mytton, Troy | 25 Nov 2009, 19:22 PM

Does Lactic Acid really cause muscle soreness?

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