Weights or Cardio???
The fitness industry runs on a pendulum of extremes. Everything is either good or bad. Right or wrong. Healthy or unhealthy. Fattening or fat burning.
Issue is, things aren't that black and white. And creating these false dichotomies is what digs us further into fitness "ruts" that get harder and harder to climb out of.
Cardio is the prime example. For a long time, cardio was “IT” - THE thing! Everyone ran or biked or swam or roller bladed or crushed Richard Simmons workouts from home. Weight lifting was "dangerous," not "functional," and only for "meat heads."
Recently though, this all changed. Nowadays weight lifting is the end-all-be-all of fitness, whereas cardio is hated on and made fun of. Hell, I see coaches every day bragging about how they don't do any cardio whatsoever - only heavy lifting - and stay shredded year round.
And that's great. It really is. But there's more to fitness than staying shredded. And just because you don't need to do something to get shredded, doesn't mean it won't help. Nor does it mean there aren't a cauldron full of other benefits. Truth is, both cardio and weights have a metric eff ton of benefits, each of which complement the other.
Between you and me, I don't want to be a one trick pony. Sure, deadlifting 4x my body weight is great (I don’t really DL 4x my BW🤫). But I also like running a 8 min mile (and I sure as hell don’t run an 8 min mile🐢) and not getting winded every time I go up a flight of stairs. And, as weird as it sounds, I like finishing a workout out of breath and sweaty and feeling like a bad ass.
For me, strategically doing both weights and cardio is the best way to get the best of both worlds… so you can be strong as all hell, AND the fittest one in the room. You don't have to choose - you can do both. YIPPEEEE!