How long to wait to do cardio after weights?

  • manpit209

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    Jul 04, 2011 7:53 PM GMT
    I've been reading up on various workout plans here and the trend seems to be that people would do cardio in the morning or in the evening just as long as it's not right after weight training. For me, I don't get up early enough to do morning cardio so all my workouts happen after work in the afternoon/evening. I do weights first and then do cardio after. With this routine, how long should I wait after weights to start my cardio? I usually wait like 5 to 10 minutes. I down a protein shake right after my weights but after 5-10 minutes I go do cardio.

    Is there a set timeframe in which I should wait so that I don't compromise the muscle composition that I'm working on? My goal is to lose fat but I don't want to lose my muscle while doing either. I also want to just get cardio out of the way and the only time I can really do it is after work as well. Thanks for any insight and feedback!
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    Jul 04, 2011 9:43 PM GMT
    There is equal literature about doing cardio before and after weights. I do it before to warm up my body. Never read anything about waiting after weights.
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    Jul 16, 2011 8:32 PM GMT
    I do cardio on W,F,Su and no lifting and lift on Tu,Th,Sa--no cardio. Also, lift at one gym location and cardio at another.
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    Jul 16, 2011 11:16 PM GMT
    Don´t see why doing cardio straight after would be a problem, though obviously it´s going to hurt on leg day

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    Jul 16, 2011 11:17 PM GMT
    Cardio is totally gay.
  • somedaytoo

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    Jul 17, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    I do cardio as soon as I wake up. Lift after work.
  • DenveRyk

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    Jul 17, 2011 12:40 AM GMT
    mayBbignow said
    JackNWNJ saidCardio is totally gay.


    Its actually needed to get the blood running
    BTW you are gay
    At least thats how youre bent over


    +10 !! lol !!
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    Jul 17, 2011 5:09 AM GMT
    JackNWNJ saidCardio is totally gay.



    Weak heart and lungs is even gayer. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 17, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    There is nothing wrong with doing them consecutively. If you're goal is primarily weight loss, do the cardio last. In fact, I think you're better off doing the cardio last regardless. The only problem with doing them back to back is you can only workout for so long. At some point, marathon workouts will start to work against you. Whenever possible, I run in the morning on an empty stomach, then do my weight training in the afternoon. When pressed for time, I do my weights first and do a quick but intense run afterward.
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    Jul 17, 2011 12:35 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidDon´t see why doing cardio straight after would be a problem, though obviously it´s going to hurt on leg day

    I used to go jogging on leg day immediately after the workout...no break.
    If it weren't for a couple herniated disks, I'd still be doing it.
    The burn feels awesome. icon_cool.gif
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    Jul 20, 2011 10:33 PM GMT
    Absolutely, positively hate, despise, utterly loathe, and hold in contempt the concept of "cardio".

    Particularly the more seemingly pointless ways of going about it like spin cycling, running/jogging, and aerobics.

    But if it is a part of something fun or productive, I can manage (a soccer match, or walking the 3km+ from the car park to my stake of sand at the nude area on Gunnison Beach, or doing kettlebell swings.

    Or piledriving a hot bottom. That can be great fun AND exercise.
  • mybud

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    Jul 20, 2011 11:04 PM GMT
    JackNWNJ saidCardio is totally gay.
    So I'm I.....WORD