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Exercising includes two things and one is elimination of fat tissue, while the other is the increase of muscle mass. These things can be achieved with the help of several different workout types. All of these types affect both things, but on a different level and with a bit different outcome.


Cardio is great for burning excessive fat tissue and for inducing the creation of lean muscles. Cardio affects the entire body, many muscle groups are engaged in the process of workout, and since not much strength is needed for performing it, this form of exercising can be done for a long time. This is excellent for a fat burning process, especially when it is known that at least 30 minutes of moderate exercising is needed for the fat burning process to start.

Muscle mass building

Increasing muscle mass is what most people want when they enter thy gym for the first time or when they decide on buying weights for home workout. Muscle mass growth is induced by resistance training. While in cardio there is nothing to subdue for performing a movement (other than body's weight), for some serious muscle mass growth, additional weight must be applied in the form of dumbbells and barbells. 

A plan

A very important thing here is to create the most effective workout plan. This weight lifting exercise chart will help in establishing the condition of the practitioner and in pointing him or her what to do next. This plan has to include several things. Whatever is done, weight must be increased from time to time. Without it, the body will reach the maximum with used weight and no more muscle mass will be produced (body feels there is no need to create more muscle cells and fibers, since current weight is easily subdued). Even if the number of repetitions needs to be decreased, the lifted weight must be increased. A good plan should have at least 5 workout days in a week. One day can be left for a complete cardio workout in order to activate the muscles differently, and another day for nothing but resting. At some point, things like cardio and rest might seem illogical but those are actually very important elements of each weight lifting plan. Cross training is excellent for toning all existing muscle fibers, while resting is needed because it will prepare the body for the next workout challenge. Also, supplements should be used for muscle mass gaining, fat burning and muscle recovery.

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