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How many times a week should I do cardio vs. muscle toning exercises?

Spencer Hughes (New York, NY) on Oct 25, 2011
This depends on what your goals are. For instance, if your goals are more weight-loss based, it's hard to have too much cardio. On the other hand, if your goals are more tone/strength based, you'llwant to spend more time lifting weights. I recommend cardio at least 3 times a week, and weight training 3 times a week as a foundation. Tailor it to your schedule and your goals. If you're looking for more muscle tone and development, weight train 4 times a week with a higher intensity and then do cardio twice. If you have a busy schedule, do weight training and cardio on the same day. If I knew more about your goals that would certainly help answer your question -- but that's a general guideline to follow. I hope it helped!
Frank DeJesus (Englewood Cliffs, NJ) on Oct 25, 2011
Cardio should be done at least three times a week and muscle toning exercises should be done two or three times a week, based on your current condition and goals.
Bill Ross (Littleton, CO) on Oct 25, 2011
You should try and have a balance of both, unless you are training for something specific. If you are just looking to lose weight and tone up you should be performing total body workouts at a moderate to high intensity level at least 3 to 4 days a week. Cardio should also be performed from a moderate to a high intensity level. Make sure you alternate your cardio intensity days between moderate and high for 3 to 4 days a week.
Laura Garrett (Prosper, TX) on Oct 25, 2011
Aim for 3 to 4 cardio sessions per week; 2 to 3 strength training sessions per week. Make sure you are working your muscles to exhaustion when strength training. If you do not challenge the muscle, you will eventually plateau.
Paul Seidelson (Columbia, SC) on Oct 25, 2011
The answer to your question really depends on your present condition and your goals. I will assume you are relatively new to training and that you're trying to lose some body fat and tone your muscles. That being said, I recommend doing a whole body weight training routine three times a week, followed immediately by an interval style cardio workout. The weight workout should utilize largest to smallest sequence and take about 30 minutes with short rests between sets. The interval program should consist of a 2 minute warmup, 45 seconds of high intensity followed by 90 seconds of active rest. Begin with five intervals and build up to eight intervals over time.
Halle Clarke (New York, NY) on Jan 13, 2012
How much cardio or strength training you do depends on your current fitness level. All too often people make the mistake of going from 0 to 5 days a week, and unfortunately their muscular skeletal system is not prepared for such a rapid increase. There is a nifty quiz you can take to determine your current fitness level. http://exercise.about.com/od/exerciseforbeginners/l/blfitquiz.htm The quiz results define you as a beginner, intermediate or advanced. Most likely if you are truthful about it you probably know where you stand without having to take the test. The idea is that if you are a beginner exerciser start out with a moderate level of both cardio and strength/flexibility training. The cardio guideline to shoot for is 30 minutes of moderate cardio 5 times a week or 20 minutes of vigorous cardio 3 times a week. But start out with less and work your way into over many weeks time. One should also do 2-3 sessions per week of strength/flexibility training. Many of our Pilates clients come in twice a week; this constitutes strength and flexibility training. If our typical client also walks briskly almost every day then they are fulfilling both the cardio and strength/flexibility guidelines. This might seem like a big commitment but the long term health benefits of being in shape are invaluable. Just remember start out with less and build up to your goals. Halle Clarke, Soho, NYC Mongoosebodyworks.com
Franklin Antoian (Delray Beach, FL) on Dec 10, 2011
Cardio should be done 5 times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes each session. Weight training should be performed 2 times per week. Try to do at least one exercise for your major muscle groups: back, chest, legs, arms, shoulders and core. Please see iBodyFit for free exercises online: http://www.ibodyfit.com/sampleexercises.php?step=2&groupId=22
James Weaver (Milford, CT) on Oct 28, 2011
I would say in general that you should do cardio 4-5 times per week and muscle toning 3 times per week. When I am with clients I find out the clients personal goals and what results that they are looking for then I can design a workout of cardio & muscle toning that is personalized for them. This is the best way when the workouts are personalized.