At 11/12/12 01:10 PM, Saen wrote:
Aerobic will create dense, toned, muscle while burning fat. Anaerobic lifting creates much more profound tears in your muscle, causing you to build up that muscle dramatically while gaining body mass.
Aerobic resistance training is actually an incredibly inefficient way of burning fat. You would need to do tens of thousands of repetitions to see any measurable difference. If you were to exclusively train aerobically you would get very good at sets of 20+ reps at <60% 1RM but you would see very little in strength gains compared to if you were training anaerobically.
Muscle tone and density are both genetically determined. Two different training methods that work the same muscles and both encourage hypertrophy may not result in the same strength gains but aesthetically the results will be identical.
Aerobic resistance training has also been demonstrated to be an ineffective means of achieving muscular hypertrophy. In terms of the muscular adaptation it is more-or-less identical to doing marathon training and expecting that to get better at sprinting.
Muscular adaptations in response to three different resistance-training regimens: specificity of repetition maximum training zones
Should probably use more than one reference but this is Newgrounds and not uni and it is 2am
If you care to read through a 12 page journal artical, the following artical covers a lot of the stuff you need to know about the creation and progression of an effective resistance training program for whatever your goals are.
Fundamentals of Resistance Training: Progression and Exercise Prescription