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This is specific to an obese individual. For weight loss - is it better to first focus on cardio, and then move on to weights, or is the combination a better approach? And why?

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First things first: get your diet in order. If you are not eating the right things to help you lose fat (fat, not just weight), no amount of gym work will overcome those calories. Once you get your diet working, then look at what you can do.

Weight lifting is a powerful way to burn a lot of Calories, particularly if you focus on strength. Conditioning is another way to burn Calories. However, I would caution you that as important as exercise is, going with the goal to simply lose weight is going to leave you aimless and cause you to get bored with the regimen.

I recommend you do the following while you are getting your diet in order:

  • Come up with your general fitness goals. Do you want to run a marathon? Compete in power lifting? Take up a sport (there are several indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, and baseball leagues)? Or simply be as strong as you can be?
  • Find out how to get in shape for that activity. I guarantee you that both resistance training and conditioning will come to play--even cheerleaders have a solid regimen of both those activities.
  • Assess your current level of fitness. If you can't do all the exercises in the program you want to follow (the point above), you have to strengthen your weak points until you can.
  • Put yourself to work. No amount of planning will magically turn you into a beast, you eventually have to do what the plan says.

Remember, fat loss is done in the kitchen. Muscle building and conditioning is done in the gym--and it's best done with real and tangible goals in mind. Keep your first goals reasonable. When you hit that goal, increase them a little more. It's that process of beating goals that makes the gym fun. If you go in without any real goals, or goals that are too far in the distance, it demotivates you and you lose interest.

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Well, it is difficult to loose weight only with cardio. If you want to get fit and make progress you got to hit the weights and run a lot. And by running I mean sprints because they make your body burn fat and your hearth working. Also, the veloargometer won't do anthing good for you.

Pushing weights makes your body tight. Only cardio will cause you to loose mass but be with very flabby skin and muscles.

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Excuse mt ignorance but what is a veloargometer? –  YUASK Nov 15 '11 at 12:53
    
A veloargometer is basically an exercise bike. –  Greg Nov 15 '11 at 14:39
    
insportline.bg/upload/image/L/… –  Tsvetan Nov 15 '11 at 17:46
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@Tsvetan Could you explain why you believe it to be bad? –  Baarn Jan 17 '13 at 20:45
    
The veloargometer? I have seen too many people at the gym who use it and stay the same over the years. That's all - only experience. I think that if you want to lose weight by riding a bike, it is better to go outside and do the activity. –  Tsvetan Jan 18 '13 at 8:21
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