Cardio on the day after you work out your legs (lower-body) ?

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    Jul 13, 2008 7:57 PM GMT
    I was planning to do cardio today on the treadmill, until I realized my legs are sore from yesterday's leg workouts (squats, lunges, leg extensions, leg presses, etc).

    I don't mind running on sore legs, but would cardio be detrimental to what I did yesterday? Should I just wait until tomorrow? Or can I go right ahead with my plans?

    Thanks.
  • DCEric

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    Jul 13, 2008 10:51 PM GMT
    Well, yeah, but that isn't what he asked. He wants to know if it would be a bad idea. I'd like to hear the answer to that as well.
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    Jul 14, 2008 12:44 AM GMT
    I should have been more specific. Yes it's for fat burning.
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    Jul 14, 2008 2:19 AM GMT
    the fat burning zone is a myth.

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    Jul 14, 2008 11:32 AM GMT
    ... i wouldn't think it'd be detrimental so long as you give your legs the obligatory 24 hour rest before you hit the treadmill. i personally won't do cardiac on the day immediately following a leg workout... but that's just me and how i developed my routine.
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    Jul 14, 2008 11:59 AM GMT
    Is there a difference if you do it the other way around?

    I mean, if you're going to work your legs one day and do some running another, back to back, does it make a difference which you do first?
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    Jul 14, 2008 12:07 PM GMT
    RealMasc saidthe fat burning zone is a myth.



    Actually, there is, but it's different for everyone based on their cardiovascular fitness level and their resting BPM.
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    Jul 14, 2008 10:18 PM GMT
    I've always wondered this. I can't believe it's that bad for you, and after the first five minutes, not really that sore.

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    Jul 18, 2008 2:17 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle said
    RealMasc saidthe fat burning zone is a myth.



    I was referring to the percentage your heart rate is at for either burning fat or for working at a cardiovascular level.

    It's not a myth.

    http://www.isnare.com/?aid=271756&ca=Wellness%2C+Fitness+and+Diet


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    Jul 23, 2008 9:47 PM GMT
    I'm going to start doing more cardio to get leaner. Typically I do the elliptical bike and crank of the level so my heartrate is 170-173. I can do that for 20-25 min depending on how motivated I am.

    Given the calculators I just tried puts that at 95% of maximum, should I back off on the intensity and just work out longer? Maybe target 160 to 165?

    Primary goal is fat loss, but I also need some cardio conditioning.
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    Jul 24, 2008 8:05 PM GMT
    In response to the original question, DO IT! Your legs are tough and can handle quite a bit of work.

    Cardio and weight training stimulate different parts of the muscle. You might find a moderate intensity cardio session followed some stretching will actually help sooth your sore legs.
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    Jul 24, 2008 8:07 PM GMT
    vince_in_chicago saidIn response to the original question, DO IT! Your legs are tough and can handle quite a bit of work.

    Cardio and weight training stimulate different parts of the muscle. You might find a moderate intensity cardio session followed some stretching will actually help sooth your sore legs.

    Agreed - You might also do 20 minutes of moderate cardio on the same day - you'll almost certainly feel less sore the following day.
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    Jul 24, 2008 8:14 PM GMT
    Running or any cardio, the day after any strenuous work out is good for your muscles. The cardio helps to burn fat while advancing the flow of blood to the sore muscles. The better flow, the better the amount of nutrients delivered to the sore muscles, helping them to recover faster.

    I do recommend it! icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 24, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    I am basically a distance runner. I do some squats, lunges, hamstring curls etc. on Monday and Wednesday, and I always feel sluggish on the run the next day. In fact, I have to keep reminding myself that it's not age, or some other problem, but that my hamstrings are just fatigued.

    I think it helps prevent injury (both doing leg stuff in the gym and running the day after) and I always feel better after the run, no matter how sluggish the legs feel.

    John
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    Jul 25, 2008 1:42 PM GMT
    RealMasc saidhttp://www.isnare.com/?aid=271756&ca=Wellness%2C+Fitness+and+Diet


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    The linked article did not say that the fat burning zone is a myth. In fact, it said that it does exist. It just said that it isn't necessarily the most efficient method of creating a calorie deficit.
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    Jul 25, 2008 2:44 PM GMT
    I have a trainer for triathlons, and we run every single day. Your leg muscles are meant to, and used to, carrying your body around all day long. If you are doing some serious squats, like the kind where you have to put a pillow between em at night they hurt so bad, then obviously, you've ripped em deep. But generally when you run the day after legs, the pain goes away from the stretch of the running action.
    Your quads/thighs release more test in your body than any other body part, helping you heal faster as well.
    My only question to you would be, are you bulking, or trimming? I see that you are doing cardio for fat burn, but are you lifting to bulk at the same time???
    But your biggest key here, is STRETCH!STRETCH!STRETCH!
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    Jul 25, 2008 4:27 PM GMT
    ruck_us said
    vince_in_chicago saidIn response to the original question, DO IT! Your legs are tough and can handle quite a bit of work.

    Cardio and weight training stimulate different parts of the muscle. You might find a moderate intensity cardio session followed some stretching will actually help sooth your sore legs.

    Agreed - You might also do 20 minutes of moderate cardio on the same day - you'll almost certainly feel less sore the following day.


    Hoodiestud saidRunning or any cardio, the day after any strenuous work out is good for your muscles. The cardio helps to burn fat while advancing the flow of blood to the sore muscles. The better flow, the better the amount of nutrients delivered to the sore muscles, helping them to recover faster.

    I do recommend it! icon_smile.gif

    robaroma saidRunning slow and easily after a leg workout will actually flush out some of the lactic acid buildup.


    Hmm, these all make sense to me. Damn! I knew I should have gone this morning ... luckily I'll have another chance this afternoon.

    Great thread as I was totally wondering about this too this morning!
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    Jul 29, 2008 8:04 AM GMT
    dr_jackl said


    Hmm, these all make sense to me. Damn! I knew I should have gone this morning ... luckily I'll have another chance this afternoon.

    Great thread as I was totally wondering about this too this morning!



    Glad to have helped clear that up!! And as another little hint....if you've ran or worked out your legs super hard, the best cardio to get without advancing the pain or soreness is swimming! Less strenuous on already sore muscles but still helps to get the cardio you need! icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 31, 2008 4:12 AM GMT
    great thread. cardio after legs is a must!