Cardio vs. NO Cardio after lifting....

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    Oct 27, 2008 6:05 PM GMT
    So....

    I know there are other threads like this but I wanted to start another....

    I have heard both sides of the cardio spectrum....

    Some say NO cardio if you are trying to build because the workout should be enough to keep your heart rate up...

    others say...

    Cardio after every workout at least 30 mins to burn the fat you have to stay lean...


    I guess what I want to know is... I don't want to lose any weight as I think I am at a good spot to start building more... I am lean about 145# but I want more muscle....but I feel like the cardio I'm doing everyday is burning me up.....

    what's your take?
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    Oct 27, 2008 7:34 PM GMT
    How many minutes and how many days are you doing cardio? If you want to keep the mass you've gained without losing any weight while continuing to do the amount of cardio you are...look into upping your caloric intake. This way your body is still consuming the right amount of nutrients without going into "burn" mode.

    I've always believed that one should do at least 5 to 10 minutes of cardio as a warm-up and then 30 to 45 minutes of cariod after their workout. Cardio after a workout increases the blood flow to those areas of the body that have just been worked out. This helps with recovery and is also a great way for the body to supply muscles with the nutrients it needs to grow.
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    Oct 27, 2008 9:17 PM GMT
    If I were you, I wouldn't do any cardio since your problem is gaining mass. Of course, cardio is important to your health but in terms of building mass, it only hurts. Especially if you don't have much fat to burn off.
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    Oct 27, 2008 9:29 PM GMT
    I never do cardio, since my metabolism is extremely fast. Depends on what your goal is, if you are slim and want a big heart then go do Cardio, if you want to look good then skip the cardio.
  • TexanMan82

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    Oct 27, 2008 10:02 PM GMT
    On a bulk, I very rarely do cardio. Maybe once or twice a week max. And it's usually only HIIT.
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    Oct 27, 2008 10:09 PM GMT
    Do your 20 minutes of cardio either right after a protein shake first thing in the morning, three meals after your last meal, or immediately after weights.

    It's most effective early-morning because it jacks your metabolic rate up for the whole day.

    When I'm contest training, I do cardio first thing in the morning, weights mid-afternoon, then a second round right before bed. Gets you freaky lean ;)
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    Oct 28, 2008 2:38 AM GMT
    Its hilarious how much cardio plays/doesnt play a role in everyone's workout...

    Thanks for the advice boys...


    anyone else?
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    Oct 28, 2008 2:52 AM GMT
    I do 5-10 minutes pre workout to get my blood pumping and then 30 - 35 minutes of somewhat intense cardio afterwards. I can say it has really helped me get a little leaner (don't laugh -- I know I'm hardly magazine material) enough that I can see and feel a difference, and I haven't seen any evidence of my size (I'm really just maintaining - growing in a couple of areas) shrinking at all -- I guess that means I eat like a horse... LOL

    But I am a believer in the post-lifting cardio routine... I think it has great benefits.
  • dannyboy1101

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    Oct 28, 2008 3:29 AM GMT
    I had a trainer who was totally anti-cardio and I will say it helped me put on mass (I went from a plateau at 152 to 172 in a bit more than a year). However, because the weight workouts weren't going at a speed that could mimic cardio, I felt like I gained a good deal of the wrong kind of mass. I don't really know the true answer to this question, but I feel that I'd rather gain the only right mass gradually and keep cardio-like paces to my workouts with cardio a few times a week. Depends on your own philosophy, I guess.
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    Oct 28, 2008 4:34 PM GMT
    I've been under the impression that a Cardio before lifting helps keep the muscles supplied with a good deal of blood and warms them up prior to stretching and exercise. It seems to make sense. I could be wrong on this.

    This one time, at the Army Advance Non-Commissioned Officer's Course at Fort Knox, I was leading the class in morning PT and started off with a light Cardio before stretching and was really dressed down by the ANCOC instructor. A few months after graduation the Army adopted a light cardio before stretching for Army PT. I felt vindicated and this always stuck with me.

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    Oct 28, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    John, what I want to know is lying prone on your pink satin bedsheets with your hands above your head hanging onto the headboard, how many times can you touch the headboard with your feet? I am guessing 50 minimum. T



    John43620 saidI've been under the impression that a Cardio before lifting helps keep the muscles supplied with a good deal of blood and warms them up prior to stretching and exercise. It seems to make sense. I could be wrong on this.

    This one time, at the Army Advance Non-Commissioned Officer's Course at Fort Knox, I was leading the class in morning PT and started off with a light Cardio before stretching and was really dressed down by the ANCOC instructor. A few months after graduation the Army adopted a light cardio before stretching for Army PT. I felt vindicated and this always stuck with me.

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    Oct 28, 2008 4:38 PM GMT
    doesn't the army still do full sit ups?
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    Oct 29, 2008 7:41 PM GMT
    So how often are each of you doing cardio and for how long?