Is it better to lift first and then do cardio OR do cardio and then after lift?

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    Jul 26, 2012 10:18 PM GMT
    What do you guys think?

    For me I lift first and then get my cardio done. If I end up doing cardio first I burn out during my weight lifting time but its usually not the case if I lift first and then do cardio second.


  • Rowing_Ant

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    Jul 26, 2012 10:41 PM GMT
    Lift first, cardio after. Cardio after means your metabolism is working hard so cardio after keeps you int he fat burning zone.
  • RSnSD

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    Jul 26, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    Or why not combine the two?

    For example: http://www.barrysbootcamp.com
  • Montague

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    Jul 26, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    I used to do my cardio in the morning before eating and starting the day. Then later on I would lift after work and never seemed to burn out or get tired.
  • GWriter

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    Jul 26, 2012 10:52 PM GMT
    I wouldn't do either; I split them. If you do cardio before you are burning off a lot of the glycogen energy your muscles will need for the weight training. Cardio after and you are closing the precious post-workout recovery window, where you want food and rest--which is essential for effective hypertrophy. (You DO take a post-workout shake, right? Most important meal of the day.)
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    Jul 26, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
    Take a nap then take another nap. It's less exhausting.
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    Jul 26, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice guys.....


    GWriter saidI wouldn't do either; I split them. If you do cardio before you are burning off a lot of the glycogen your muscles will need energy. Cardio after and you are closing the precious post-workout window of recovery, where you want food and rest--which is essential for effective hypertrophy. (You DO take a post-workout shake, right? Most important meal of the day.)


    I do take a post work out protein shake always. Thanks for the tip though. icon_smile.gif
  • Jerebear

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    Jul 27, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
    I do both at the same time, but its easy for me because I work out at home. In between sets I can dance around to my music, keeping my heart rate up, without horrifying and/or amusing the general public
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    Jul 27, 2012 2:16 AM GMT
    David4985 saidWhat do you guys think?

    For me I lift first and then get my cardio done. If I end up doing cardio first I burn out during my weight lifting time but its usually not the case if I lift first and then do cardio second.




    I always lift first and then do cardio. Part of the reason is that I hate cardio, so I procrastinate. The other reason is that my lifts are unfocused and a little lethargic if I do cardio first.
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    Jul 27, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidTake a nap then take another nap. It's less exhausting.


    When you do lift, remember, lock your knees and lift with your back.
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    Jul 27, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    Lifting is anaerobic and cardio aerobic, which work in opposition to each other. Ideally one should do each separately at least six hours apart, but who has that schedule?

    I do an easy 10 minute warmup on the elliptical before working out. Postworkout I used to do 30-60 minutes of steady state cardio (treadmill incline walking or lap swimming) but as my lifting got more intense I found I couldn't keep that pace up any more. Now I've discovered how just 10 minutes of properly performed HIIT is even more beneficial. Essentially, I run on a level flexdeck treadmill for 10 minutes, with the first minute at 2.0, the second at 6.0, third at 2.0, fourth at 6.5 all the way up to 8.0. The ten minutes fly, I don't get bored and I'm panting and sweating buckets by the end. I still try to lap swim for twice a week - I find that the best cardio for overall conditioning.
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    Jul 27, 2012 3:55 AM GMT
    My trainer at YMCA told me I should be doing a slight to moderate cardio intensity for 10min before starting my workout and then at the end to strech all the muscles I worked on. A good thing to combine both is to do super sets, do one machine and do another one right away and come back to original when you're done. That way it keeps your heart beat in a high constant flow instead of just waiting there for muscle recovery in one machine.
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    Jul 27, 2012 7:24 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidLifting is anaerobic and cardio aerobic, which work in opposition to each other. Ideally one should do each separately at least six hours apart, but who has that schedule?

    I do an easy 10 minute warmup on the elliptical before working out. Postworkout I used to do 30-60 minutes of steady state cardio (treadmill incline walking or lap swimming) but as my lifting got more intense I found I couldn't keep that pace up any more. Now I've discovered how just 10 minutes of properly performed HIIT is even more beneficial. Essentially, I run on a level flexdeck treadmill for 10 minutes, with the first minute at 2.0, the second at 6.0, third at 2.0, fourth at 6.5 all the way up to 8.0. The ten minutes fly, I don't get bored and I'm panting and sweating buckets by the end. I still try to lap swim for twice a week - I find that the best cardio for overall conditioning.


    The bolded portion is NOT completely true. Anytime you exceed the capacity of your muscles to receive adequate O2, you enter an anaerobic phase. What do you think causes that burn in your muscles during the high intensity portion of your HIIT training?...the build up of lactic acid, which is only produced through anaerobic metabolism.

    Regardless, what you do works for you...and that is all that counts

    best of luck to ya
  • FRE0

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    Jul 27, 2012 7:25 AM GMT
    I ride my bicycle 5.31 miles to the gym then, after my lifting workout, ride my bicycle back home. Surely that's better than being decadent and using motorized transportation to get to the gym. However, after doing my workout at the gym, the energy I have to ride home is significantly reduced.
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    Jul 27, 2012 8:07 AM GMT
    Do cardio after lifitng, but don't overdo it. Too much cardio becomes counterproductive.

    Lifting first burns up the sugar/carbs. Cardio then will burn fats for energy afterwards. And anything more than 30 minutes, unless you are eating tons, may negate gains in muscle.
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    Jul 27, 2012 6:47 PM GMT
    MuchoMasQueMusculo saidI haven't done cardio in awhile. But when I did my cardio it was on separate days.

    Since I train Mod., Wed., Fri. with weight's I'd do a cardio on Tues., Thurs., Saturday.


    And of course Sunday served as the day of rest. I don't want to be stoned to death for not observing the Sabbath.
    Listen to Black Sabbath while working or exercising on Sunday. Then God will forgive you.
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    Jul 27, 2012 6:51 PM GMT
    GWriter saidI wouldn't do either; I split them. If you do cardio before you are burning off a lot of the glycogen energy your muscles will need for the weight training. Cardio after and you are closing the precious post-workout recovery window, where you want food and rest--which is essential for effective hypertrophy. (You DO take a post-workout shake, right? Most important meal of the day.)


    +1
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    Jul 28, 2012 2:34 AM GMT
    Right now I am doing p90x (mostly weight lifting/strength training) and then afterwards doing Insanity (most cardio).

    When ever I do Insanity first I run out of gas to do P90x afterwards but if I do p90x first and Insanity I am usually fine and have no problem completing both.

    So far both programs have helped me a lot.

    Just wanted to see if anyone else noticed this too that when cardio is done first its hard to weight train (at least for me).

    Thanks for the advice guys again. icon_smile.gif
  • chi_rock

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    Jul 28, 2012 2:43 AM GMT
    I do a 10 minute cardio warm-up and 10 minutes to finish my workout. If I needed to pick just one, it would be to finish.
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    Jul 28, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    I tend to split them up... however, I will do cardio first on my light lifting days.
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    Jul 29, 2012 7:22 AM GMT
    MuchoMasQueMusculo said
    paulflexes saidListen to Black Sabbath while working or exercising on Sunday. Then God will forgive you.


    Forgiveness!

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    hell yeah ;)
  • Beeftastic

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    Jul 29, 2012 8:03 AM GMT
    You can do 10 minutes warm up cardio, but if you do serious cardio before lifting, you use up the reserves you need to build muscle. So you won't be building muscle, in fact you might lose muscle. Also, if your goal is building muscle, you should do no more that 30 minutes of after lifting, because more and you will start to burn muscle, as you will have used up your reserves from lifting.