Cardio following leg days?

  • Artesin

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    Aug 04, 2012 5:47 PM GMT
    After those grueling leg days is it worthwhile to follow up with some extra cardio running/swimming the next day? I always follow my weight days with interval runs but have never really been sure if it's beneficial when looking to add some size to run the very next day.
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    Aug 04, 2012 6:07 PM GMT
    Let it rest and shut it down
  • NashRugger

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    Aug 04, 2012 6:52 PM GMT
    On leg and ass day I usually just walk on the treadmill or do a light cycle on the bike for 20 minutes. Cardio is important but I honestly don't recommend heavy cardio on leg days. Granted I do enough cardio with rugby training, but still.
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    Aug 04, 2012 7:27 PM GMT
    Artesin saidAfter those grueling leg days is it worthwhile to follow up with some extra cardio running/swimming the next day? I always follow my weight days with interval runs but have never really been sure if it's beneficial when looking to add some size to run the very next day.


    On leg days I take an easy on cardio.
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    Aug 04, 2012 7:31 PM GMT
    Cardio is mostly on my leg days, and I run at higher speed and inclinations on those days too. Hell yeah, I love it. I already have to walk a windy hilly mile to and from the gym... what is one more addition cardio going to hurt before a default cool down?
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    Aug 04, 2012 7:33 PM GMT
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/betteru23.htm

    I'm torn. My cardio is a leg workout (max incline.) But, I only got to this point by developing leg strength through weightlifting.
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    Aug 04, 2012 8:16 PM GMT
    Depends on my mood and energy levels. If I feel strong after a leg day, I'll do a short run but run at a faster pace. If I'm a little exhausted, I'll go for a long walk on the treadmill at an incline.
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    Aug 04, 2012 8:22 PM GMT
    RobertF64 saidhttp://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/betteru23.htm

    I'm torn. My cardio is a leg workout (max incline.) But, I only got to this point by developing leg strength through weightlifting.


    Ouch, "torn" is a scary word when we're talking leg muscles, no? lol

    But, I also do the max incline to finish up leg days. I keep it low intensity, but think it's a good way to combine some building with light cardio.
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    Aug 04, 2012 8:36 PM GMT
    If your leg days are really grueling, then they need rest. Remember, the rest period is when you realize the growth. The next day, something like swimming I think would be ok, but I would hold off on leg intensive cardio. It would also depend on the intensity of your cardio. It it is high intensity intervals with increasing progression (along the lines of the PACE concept) then I think another day's rest is definitely in order.
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    Aug 04, 2012 8:54 PM GMT
    A while ago I realized I was too stiff or sore after my leg day to run.
    I switched things up, and ended up eliminating the leg day.

    Now I split my leg exercises up among the other days, and there is no specific leg day. Every day that I'm in the weight room I'll do one or two leg exercises. So I'd do squats and hamstring curls on my chest day, say.
    It works for me.
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    Aug 04, 2012 9:28 PM GMT
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    RobertF64 saidhttp://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/betteru23.htm

    I'm torn. My cardio is a leg workout (max incline.) But, I only got to this point by developing leg strength through weightlifting.


    Ouch, "torn" is a scary word when we're talking leg muscles, no? lol

    Gaah! Good catch. I can't argue that cardio==weight loss. But, muscle gain + cardio == more weight loss in the future.

    FWIW.
  • Artesin

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    Aug 05, 2012 12:46 AM GMT
    My personal preference with cardio is to always keep it anaerobic as I'm trying to prompt as much HgH response in the shortest time possible. Keeping heart rate int he fat burn zone seems like a recipe for cortisol production.