Question by Laura T: Can I skip weight training and do Pilates instead?
I’m 20, 5’2″, 115lbs, 22% body fat. I’m planning on doing 40mins elliptical training and 20mins of jump-roping 5 times a week. My goal is to reach 17% body fat. I was planning on doing an hour of weight training 4 days a week (just for toning up) but I kinda got discouraged ‘coz there aren’t many home workouts and I really don’t have the budget for more equipment. (I have 2lbs dumbells)
I was thinking of skipping weight training altogether and replacing it with an hour of Pilates. What “look” will that achieve? Will it be different than when I’m weight training? And will that affect my metabolism?
Note: I don’t really wanna build muscles. Just wanna firm up.
P.S. Or can you guys refer me to a good (cheap) home workout website? I’ve basically gone to most of them. Thanks!
Answer by Tracy
Pilates is great for you! It includes cardio and it helps build strength in your muscles. If you want a longer slender toned body, you should do pilates!
You should also implement weight training into your workout because it will help build muscles which will help you burn more calories in return. I don’t think you need to do 1 hour of the same cardio workout 5 times a week. This is boring, and you may get discouraged, and not want to work out anymore. To maximize your workout try doing other cardio exercises such as hiking, Cycling, or maybe even running around your neighborhood with the 2 lb. dumbells in your hand (that is cardio and weight training), or indoor rockclimbing, etc..
Best of luck to you and your healthy living!
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