How do I increase strength, muscle mass and achieve weight loss?

I've been hitting the gym for the past year, however not as intense as I'd like because I moved across the country. One concept I never understood is how do I increase my strength? And is it possible to build muscle mass while attempting to achieve weight loss? Currently I lift weights prior to cardio,... show more I've been hitting the gym for the past year, however not as intense as I'd like because I moved across the country. One concept I never understood is how do I increase my strength? And is it possible to build muscle mass while attempting to achieve weight loss? Currently I lift weights prior to cardio, is this the proper method?
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