Cardio & Lifting

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    Oct 28, 2010 11:08 AM GMT
    Recently I started on this workout plan where you do:

    5 min cardio
    three different exercises for muscle group for the day
    5 min cardio
    three other exercises
    5 min cardio

    What are the pros and cons to this type of workout regimen?

    I can only get to the gym 3x's a week these days, and on my off days, I cannot do cardio. And if I do cardio before workout, then I get too tired. And I'm too tired after working out.

    My ultimate goal is to lose the love handles and to reduce the fat in certain areas of my body (over my abs, arm pit areas, back). It's been tough burning it off. I'm not in bad shape, actually but I'm wondering what is the best way to go about this. Suggestions?

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    Oct 29, 2010 7:48 AM GMT
    5 min cardio doesnt sound like its eough to rmake you fitter though it depends on how intense your do it.. If you can only manage 5mins your should try 5 min interval training for 20 mins but i think the 5 mins cardio at the start is important to warm up
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    Oct 29, 2010 2:26 PM GMT
    HIIT
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    Oct 29, 2010 2:35 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidHIIT


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    Oct 29, 2010 4:21 PM GMT
    TerraFirma saidRecently I started on this workout plan where you do:

    5 min cardio
    three different exercises for muscle group for the day
    5 min cardio
    three other exercises
    5 min cardio

    What are the pros and cons to this type of workout regimen?

    I can only get to the gym 3x's a week these days, and on my off days, I cannot do cardio. And if I do cardio before workout, then I get too tired. And I'm too tired after working out.

    My ultimate goal is to lose the love handles and to reduce the fat in certain areas of my body (over my abs, arm pit areas, back). It's been tough burning it off. I'm not in bad shape, actually but I'm wondering what is the best way to go about this. Suggestions?



    There is a protocol which I used last year and have forgotten the name... it´s 3 initials, like PNF or something. anyway the idea is you do intense cardio before you train so that the whole of your work out is on the anaerobic threshhold. I did two 500m ergo rows in under 2 mins with a minute between 500s then a circuit. 5 mins rest then exactly the same again. No extra cardio.

    Or you can do a modified tabata protocol... (ask for details if you are interested).

    Circuits are the solution and circuits with HIIT are even more intense.
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    Oct 31, 2010 9:29 PM GMT
    Kudos to you for attempting to improve your health!
    Well from experience and reading around
    Doing a warm up is the best way to build muscle and lose "fat", Usually you want to do 15-20 minutes of a cardio/aerobic exercise for a warm up, you want the intensity to be high, but not to the point where you start gasping for air!

    Always do your cardio before strength training because it increases circulation of blood in your body and secondly it is a natural warmup !!

    BY FOLLOWING PROPER DIET PLAN .. 15 minutes cardio daily and strength training 6 times a week will remove extra fat frm your body !!

    Be consistent :-)
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    Oct 31, 2010 10:10 PM GMT
    fat distribution differs with people, but you can't lose it only in specific areas .
    your body may tend to lose it in some places first, only you don't decide that.
    You just have to lose weight generally , eventually the love handles will shrink.


    increase your muscle mass : bigger boy = more energy to just keep him alive.

    but if you do that, is doing cardo before a good idea? i don't know really.
    I often read it's not a good thing.
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    Nov 02, 2010 3:22 PM GMT
    It all depends on what your goals are. Weight loss or muscle building? If you are focusing on weight loss, then yes it would be beneficial to run on the days you lift (lift first and then do cardio). If you are trying to build muscle, ease off the running on the days you lift and maybe do some low intensity cardio instead. Intense cardio can destroy muscle tissue, but don't forget it is recommended to do at least 30 mins of cardio a day - mix up low intensity and high intensity.








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