There’s an ongoing debate about whether resistance or aerobic exercise burns more fat. And not all gym machines are equal when it comes to helping us do this – it really depends on your fitness goals. So if your goal is to lose weight, what are the best gym machines to burn fat?
Cardio burns lots of calories, while resistance exercise builds muscle which increases your metabolism. The dilemma most of us have is deciding which exercise to do if our time is limited.
When it comes to fat burning, if you’ve only got time for one type of exercise then choose aerobic. According to a 2012 study in the Journal of Applied Physiology, aerobic training was the optimal exercise to reduce body fat. In fact, there was no difference between participants who did aerobic training and those who did a combination of aerobic and resistance.
You know to head for the cardio machines – but which one is best?
Machines which work the big powerful leg muscles burn the most calories. Stationary bikes burn 500-1000 calories an hour, rowing machine 700-1100 and treadmills 600- 1200 calories, or 100 calories per mile. In terms of calorie burning, treadmills are the clear winner.
Ultimately your calorie burn will depend on the intensity of exercise performed on each machine. A tough 30 minutes on the elliptical machine will burn more calories than an hour’s casual jog on the treadmill.
Once you’ve chosen your cardio machine, decide how you’re going to train:
I had always thought that resistance combined with aerobics was better than just aerobics so that's news to me. So if I just do intervals on the bike that 's going to really help with my weight loss, yes?
I always do sprints with a slight incline on the treadmill and think that's really helped my fitness. Personally for me I would only need the treadmill if I had to choose one machine for cardio.
I just do both aerobic and resistance training so that covers both sides!
So aerobic training best, treadmill best, high intensity best. Considering I already do intervals and sprints on the treadmill I'm not doing too bad!