When it comes to working out, most have a preference. Your friend that can run a casual 5K on a Saturday morning might not want to join you for an afternoon lift–and those three miles they conquer every weekend might be a bit more cruel than casual to you.

But what would happen if you left your preference for cardio or strength in the rear view?

The fusion of cardio and strength training has powerful benefits, not just physically, but mentally as well.

As you engage in the dynamic synergy of strength and cardio during a Body Machine Fitness class, you will experience a transformative impact not only on your physique but on your mental well-being. For us, it’s not just about lifting weights and getting your cardio in. We are giving you the keys to a realm where mental health is just as important as physical health, and where benefits abound.

For Better Overall Health, Say Yes to Workout Fusion

The combination of strength and cardio exercises is a holistic approach that promotes physical well-being and mental health. Performing them together offers a sustainable path to achieving and maintaining optimal fitness levels. Beyond the aesthetic gains, our members notice a difference in their day-to-day function, strength, stamina, and cognitive function.

Strengthen Your Body

Combining cardio and strength training can accelerate your overall fitness. As Dave Asprey put it in his Book, Headstrong, “It’s the happy marriage of two schools of fitness thought, and it might be more effective than either resistance or aerobic exercise alone.”

Research shows that HIIT workouts help gym goers:

Get fitter faster: Blending cardio and weight training gets you in shape more efficiently than either alone. Strength training increases your muscle mass and cardio improves your endurance. As a bonus, high intensity strength training (like every BMF class) burns extra calories for up to 72 hours after your workout.

Improve oxygen consumption: Once upon a time, we thought it took monotonous sessions of running and cycling to improve your body’s ability to use oxygen. Turns out, HIIT can do the same in a shorter amount of time. In fact, 8 weeks of workouts can improve oxygen consumption by 25%.

Reduce blood sugar: Research has found that combining strength training and cardio in a HIIT session reduces blood sugar and improves insulin resistance more than traditional exercise like swimming or cycling.

Growth Hormone: Studies published in the Journal of Obesity and the Journal of Applied Physiology have shown that “HIIT is up to 10 times more effective at increasing growth hormone than resistance training or endurance training.”

Strengthen Your Mind

As endorphins surge through challenging cardio intervals and strength-building exercises, mental clarity emerges. Neurology instructor Dr. Scott McGinnis from Harvard Medical School suggests that physical activity induces physiological alterations in the body, promoting the generation of growth factors. These substances influence the development of new blood vessels in the brain and contribute to the proliferation, resilience, and general well-being of fresh brain cells.

Strengthen Your Community

BMF is more than a gym—we’re a social club. The shared experience of workout fusion creates bonds that extend beyond class. As our members navigate the challenges of strength and cardio training together, a support network forms. Sure, you may come to BMF for fitness, but you’ll leave with a new family and a new outlook on exercise and life.

Check out our group fitness classes in Plano and group fitness classes in Ft. Worth where we push and pull our way toward better mental and physical health.

Feel the Groove. Be a Part of the BMF Community.

Body Machine Fitness isn’t just a workout; it’s a paradigm shift in the fitness narrative. It’s an acknowledgment that physical and mental well-being are intertwined, and a workout should elevate both.

Experience BMF, the world’s first gym to leverage neuroscience to make working out not only effective, but addictive. Be a part of something bigger than yourself.