Should someone like me be doing ANY cardio after I workout?

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    Apr 26, 2011 6:34 AM GMT
    I should know better to be asking such a basic question, but I always question whether I should be doing cardio after my workout.

    I don't do it after EVERY workout, but atleast twice a week. Part of me feels my obliques aren't showing up enough and perhaps I have some fat covering them. Another part is saying I don't need to be burning more calories after I workout and to get to a protein shake or meal ASAP.

    I usually do about 20 minutes of cardio after a workout, sometimes 30 minutes but not longer.

    On a designated cardio day, I'll do abs/obliques and then 30 minutes running....Or I may begin with 12 minutes of HIIT sprinting.

    I just feel my stomach area is not ripped enough and I just wanna burn it! But at the same time, I don't really take in all that much food throughout the day and kind of wondering if cardio after the workout is too much.
  • james716

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    May 08, 2011 5:02 AM GMT
    I'm weights on M W F and run on Tu Th Sa. Sunday is my off day.

    I do 10 mins of warmup cardio before I train but that's it. If I get any other cardio in on a weight day it's later on in the day and certainly nothing I schedule to do... but then again it's usually for leisure so I'm not really going hard.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 23, 2011 10:16 PM GMT
    Hi there,
    I`d recommend you do one type of exercise per day,cardio or weights,don`t mix them on the same day.The cardio days will help burn the fat off,giving you more definition on your stomach alone.And give yourself time to rest.Looking at your picture,though,the results speak for themselves.You`re not doing much wrong.That stomach looks pretty ripped to me!
    Best wishes for the training!
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    Jun 23, 2011 10:47 PM GMT
    This is largely depends on your goal. I would say do which ever is more important to you first. If you are looking to increase your cardiovascular system (CV), then do it first. If you are looking to improve your muscle performance then do that first.

    That being said, I think despite what your goal maybe, it is very important to do both. Many people I've trained tend to neglect one for the other. Don't get into the runners don't lift and lifters don't run mentality. To be truly fit and healthy, it needs to be true for all aspect.

    What are you currently doing for your core work-out? What is your expectation of this ripped abs and obliques?

    In terms of aesthetic, doing variation of crunches will work your outer most layer or your core which is the rectus abdominus. This muscle is what gives you the 6-pack look. Now, remember that because this muscle is the outer most layer and sits on top of a lot of other things, you can still have a bigger belly even with 6-pack. See wrestlers. If you are looking for the lean cut look (whether or not you do or don't care for 6-pack), that will be a lot of fat burning, dietary change, and a bit more of total core work-out.

    For a wider scope, stabilizing exercises are the best way to work you core: overhead squat, deadlift, Bulgarian squat, pistol, thruster, shoulder press, clean and jerk, snatch, knees-to-elbows, toes-to-bar, etc. Most exercises should work your core if perform properly and your core is kept engaged. These exercises are highly functional and I think are way better than just doing crunches. You can get it all, the lean and the 6-pack icon_smile.gif

    Let me know if you have any more questions; I'd be happy to share my knowledge. I'm a BCRPA-certified personal trainer.