My sister has asked me for some help regarding lifting weights and losing weight. She is 27 and is probably 5’6" 155-160lbs. She has been doing a cycling class 5 nights a week for the past 4 years, where they go pretty hard for about an hour.
Recently she expressed an interest in doing some weightlifting to further her weight loss and fitness goals. She carries most of her fat in her legs and a little bit in the arms, she has a very lean stomach. She has been just using machines with no program structure at all for the last month.
Being the powerlifting type myself, my first reaction when she asked for help was to put her on starting strength or something similar with some cardio before and after, and carbs in the peri workout period. I know diet is the most important part of any body transformation. Her diet is decent but could definitely get more strict. Her goals are to be “toned”(NOT MUSCULAR) and to lose probably about 20 lbs.
Here is my real question: Would a program like Starting Strength be a good place to start considering her goals, or would something more cardio-oriented such as cross fit be better? I must stress that she is not looking to put on a lot of muscle. (I realize this is very hard for girls to do anyway.)