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    Quote Originally Posted by M. Montaigne View Post
    This ultimately depends on your goal. I mean, if you are running marathons, then steady state cardio builds stamina. If you are trying to look jacked, then weights it is. If you are trying to lose weight, then HIIT. And so on.

    Will Gadd had a great piece on functional strength:

    Ultimately, your choice of athletic activity will depend on your lifestyle and ultimate goal. There's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to working out, in my experience.

    If I want to be a better climber, I need to climb more. As simple as that. Other things (e.g. lifting, yoga) may help me tangentially, but they are no substitute for the real thing.
    I'm simply addressing the idea of losing fat. I'm not necessarily focusing on any specialized activities. It's a fact that more muscle mass increases the amount of calories one burns throughout the day simply resting, thus significantly raising ones metabolism. This doesn't count the fact that more energy is expended while actually exercising or doing physically strenuous activities. The amount one actually needs, is of course subjective. But building muscle should be a priority over "just losing fat."
    Last edited by Matchbook; August 14th, 2014 at 06:36 PM.

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