Cardio I can do while bulking?

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    Jan 14, 2012 3:59 PM GMT
    OK, for the next several months, I'm bulking. Aiming for 175 and then hit cardio pretty hard come April to lean up for the summer. But I don't like that I'm getting bigger in the gut (as we all know in the gay world, if you don't have a six pack, then you're fat - but then I've never had a six pack, so not sure why I care).

    Anyway, I want to keep my waist relatively lean, I'm probably about 33" now, but I want to get down to 31-32" while I bulk. So I'm debating either doing cardio after I lift, doing less weight days and mix in some more cardio days, or even doubling up the gym time and doing cardio after work AND after the weights.

    Here's my program right now (roughly):

    6 days a week, weights:
    Day 1: Chest/Biceps
    Day 2: Shoulders/Legs & Calves
    Day 3: Back/Tri/Abs
    Day 4: Repeat Day 1
    Day 5: Repeat Day 2
    Day 6: Repeat Day 3
    Day 7: Off

    Now, the weights take me about 1.5 hours to get through, doing 3-4 exercises per body part and 3-4 sets per exercise, usually about 8-10 reps, ideally lower reps and highest weight I can safely push.

    I already sleep around 8pm so I can get up around 3:30, then get to the gym around 5:00, work out until 6:30, then get to work by 7, working until 3 or 4. I go so early to avoid crowds (especially this time of year), and that's why I don't like working in the evenings, but if I get off around 3, I could at least do a bit of a cardio program.

    So anyway, asking for advice, would you recommend cardio after weights AND after work, or just after work, or maybe something like active rest between sets like with a jump rope. The main area I'm looking to keep lean is the gut/waist, so whatever works to keep that area firing is what I'm needing to do.

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    Jan 15, 2012 6:23 PM GMT
    Best way is to split it up I think. I know some muscular runners and that's the way they seem to do it. They'll run in the mornings, and then lift weights after work. You're training two systems with cardio vs. heavy weightliting so it seems completely counterintuitive to do one right after the other.
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    Jan 15, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
    Cardio after weights is probably most effective. Your weight workout will burn off the sugars in your body. the cardio after will burn fat for your body's energy.