cardio after a workout or seperate from workout day?

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    Apr 15, 2013 3:05 AM GMT
    i'm trying to get back into my cardio routine but it's been awhile. icon_sad.gif dunno whether i should do it after weight training or on a seperate day.

    my only concern is that if i do it on a seperate day, will i burn muscle. that happened to me in november during hurricane sandy. i did a whole lot of walking around and i ended up losing like 10 pounds in one week.
  • jaypowers83

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    Apr 15, 2013 12:00 PM GMT
    I normally do cardio for 30 min before my workout and 60 min after. I'm trying to lose weight, though, so burning calories is important. I'm probably somewhere between 280 and 290 lbs. last time I weighed myself, I was 284 lbs. Then I went off my diet for a little bit and wasn't working out as hard as I usually do. So I probably gained some weight back, butI think I started losing again. My shirts are starting to fit better again.
  • He_Man

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    Apr 15, 2013 12:19 PM GMT

    I'm an endomorph, so I pretty much have to do cardio every single day. It's better to divide up the cardio and weight training so that you don't over train and raise your cortisol levels, ideally, but most people don't have time to go to the gym multiple times a day.

    I normally do about 30 - 60 minutes of cardio during the morning, and then I'll do my workouts in the evening for an hour to an hour and a half. If I can't separate my cardio from my workout, then I'll do my hour and a half workout first followed by 30 minutes of cardio.

    I personally don't like doing cardio before my weight training because you burn a lot of energy that could be used for lifting weight. Use that energy wisely to build muscle and then you turn your body into a fat-burning machine. If you do too much cardio, then you'll burn more muscle, making yourself actually fatter in the long run. Focus on building muscle, and the fat loss will come as a result. You'll look better and have a lower body fat to muscle ratio, which is what you want.

    Some argue that doing cardio after you workout is the best because you depleted your glycogen stores during your workout, so now your body has to tap into your stored fat in order to get energy for your cardio. Some agree with this hypothesis, while others do not. I tend to agree with this training method, and I have been doing it for quite awhile now. I've never like doing cardio before my workouts, and I typically never recommend others to do it either.
  • Danskerb

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    Apr 17, 2013 3:51 AM GMT
    I've never heard about Cortisol levels...

    I do cardio after my workouts. Never before.... If i did it before then my weight lifting would suck balls. I feel like it just takes the rest out of me to do cardio.

    I REALLY enjoy doing a mix of the treadmill and bike after a leg day. It really helps to stretch things out for me.
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    Apr 17, 2013 3:53 AM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    scaredmidget saidi'm trying to get back into my cardio routine but it's been awhile. icon_sad.gif dunno whether i should do it after weight training or on a seperate day.

    my only concern is that if i do it on a seperate day, will i burn muscle. that happened to me in november during hurricane sandy. i did a whole lot of walking around and i ended up losing like 10 pounds in one week.

    You probably have 8% body fat or less....I can't even imagine that this is a real concern. icon_lol.gif


    actually, it's around 10 to 11 when the fitness trainer at my gym checked it out. icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 17, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    It's best to do them separate, giving yourself at least 6 hours between cardio and weight lifting. If that isn't ideal, then do it post lifting (not before).

    OP - It doesn't look like you need cardio at all, you're ripped. Why would you want to do more than you are normally now? I don't think your abs can be that visible at 11% BF.
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    Apr 17, 2013 4:10 AM GMT
    S34n05 saidIt's best to do them separate, giving yourself at least 6 hours between cardio and weight lifting. If that isn't ideal, then do it post lifting (not before).

    OP - It doesn't look like you need cardio at all, you're ripped. Why would you want to do more than you are normally now? I don't think your abs can be that visible at 11% BF.


    6 hours. *dead* that's way too long. sucks that the gym i go to is nowhere near where i live. that's why i was doing the cardio after the workout but it wasn't really doing me any good. would end up feeling tired, about to pass out on the machine.

    and the pics, don't let the pictures fool you. i'm far from ripped. it's just the lighting in the bathroom.
  • Kwokpot

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    Apr 17, 2013 4:10 AM GMT
    S34n05 saidIt's best to do them separate, giving yourself at least 6 hours between cardio and weight lifting. If that isn't ideal, then do it post lifting (not before).

    OP - It doesn't look like you need cardio at all, you're ripped. Why would you want to do more than you are normally now? I don't think your abs can be that visible at 11% BF.

    I totally agree. I'm the same height & weight as the OP and 2X his age,and I do 30 mins cardio every other day 3X/wk and 40-50 mins weight training every other day 3X/wk.
    Some of you guys seem to do ALOT of cardio, and I think it's quite unecessary, especially if you do HIIT cardio.
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    Apr 17, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    My trainer believes that starting with strength training consumes sugars. Cardio afterwards is what works on the spare tire.

    I'm guilty of trying to get a 5K in under 45 minutes. But, if I can only do that on a flat incline on the treadmill, the results will disappoint compared to taking an hour to get through a 5k at max incline. It forced me to develop leg strength.

    But, it paid off.
  • He_Man

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    Apr 17, 2013 4:24 AM GMT
    Here's an good video on cardio, what it's for, how much you need and if you really need it to lose fat weight to begin with.