Should I Start with Weights or Cardio in the Gym

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    Aug 14, 2014 11:35 AM GMT
    At the gym fat loss is my main goal for now, obviously I want to get muscular and defined however the unwanted fat needs to go, I have been seeing results for the past month, but ever since I joined RJ last month, many people say i should start with cardio before weight because helps the body wake up and to warm up bust some people say I should hit the wights first because i would be already tired using weight after cardio. some might say it depends on the person, but i was just curious.

    Thanks in advance
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    Aug 14, 2014 12:38 PM GMT
    Cardio and core strength should come first. That way you'll have a solid foundation to build on.

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  • Kwokpot

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    Aug 14, 2014 1:54 PM GMT
    gettingfit101 saidAt the gym fat loss is my main goal for now, obviously I want to get muscular and defined however the unwanted fat needs to go, I have been seeing results for the past month, but ever since I joined RJ last month, many people say i should start with cardio before weight because helps the body wake up and to warm up bust some people say I should hit the wights first because i would be already tired using weight after cardio. some might say it depends on the person, but i was just curious.

    Thanks in advance

    I think you need to first answer how many days you train or can train? Ideally you want to separate cardio and strength training on alternating days, but that assumes you're going fairly frequently every week.
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    Aug 14, 2014 2:17 PM GMT
    gettingfit101 said... fat loss is my main goal for now ...


    keep it initially simple, don't go to the gym if fat loss is your only goal. Concentrate on getting mind and body adjusted to a healthy diet and loose the weight you set in your goals.
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    Aug 14, 2014 2:42 PM GMT
    Sounds like you should try Crossfit.

    Some people hate it, some people love it... But that is for you to decided. It is a great mixture of both weight training and cardio. If Crossfit isn't for you, I would highly suggest: 1) get a mild pre-workout drink, so you have energy and drive when you are at the gym. That will eliminate any worries of you being to tired to get shit done. 2) Start with a cardio for 15 mins then start your weight training. 3) Find a gym where its atmosphere pushes you to do better in your workouts. 4) Find a gym partner. If that isn't something that you can do, then dig deep and find that caged animal... but keep tame. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 14, 2014 2:56 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone for the help so fast, just to update, I go to the gym 4- 5 days a week at 7:30 I'm the morning and I have been following a healthier meal plan, I've started 3 months back in May and I was 213 pounds but now I'm 198 pounds, so it's working well, I know it's just the beginning
  • jjguy05

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    Aug 14, 2014 4:07 PM GMT
    Gettingfit, you're not fat. You just have some extra bodyfat. I'd prioritize building muscle. You can do some light cardio, like going for a brisk walk afterwards, and the fat will gradually go away. You can also incorporate supersets and short rests on some of your lifts; this will turn your lifting into a cardio session as well.

    Start lifting as soon as possible, because the results from lifting take longer to appear. Don't put it off for until you've reached your ideal bodyfat yet. A guy with developed musculature looks great even with a bit of bodyfat, whereas a guy with low bodyfat but undeveloped musculature doesn't look that good.

    And never do cardio right before lifting. Warming up is indeed recommended, but you do this by doing very light sets of the lifts you're about to do.
  • TallSoCal

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    Aug 14, 2014 4:31 PM GMT
    When I do cardio, it's after my weight lifting. I've been told that it helps spread the lactic acid through your body more efficiently that way. But everyone has their own opinion about everything. That's just mine. Hope it helps.
  • FRE0

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    Aug 14, 2014 5:17 PM GMT
    I've never had a weight problem so I can't speak from experience. However, most people do not want to spend all their spare time in a gym or even go to a gym every day. Thus, the problem is how to use gym time as effectively as possible. That requires making some compromises.

    When practical, depending on the weather, I ride my bicycle to the gym; it's 5.3 miles and I consider that to be part of my workout. During the ride, I do at times push myself hard. If I don't ride my bicycle to the gym, I use a stationary bicycle at the gym for warmup and to provide some of my exercise. I start out at a gentle rate but after about four minutes, I'm working close to my maximum sustainable ability. After eight minutes, I step up the pace so that I am working somewhat beyond a sustainable limit. After 9.5 minutes, I'm working about as hard as possible which is well beyond a sustainable limit and pushes me well into oxygen debt. At 10 minutes, at which time I am breathing as hard as possible, I slow down to a gentle rate to recover and maintain that pace for a few minutes until I have completely recovered. Then, I begin my workout with weights. It may be unwise to begin a workout with weights without first having an adequate warm-up.

    On a stationary bicycle at the gym, I can push myself harder than I can while riding a bicycle in traffic because it would be dangerous to push oneself to the absolute limit while riding in traffic.

    Generally I go to the gym three times per week, but never on consecutive days.

    Obviously there are multiple opinions. I suggest trying different things to see what works for you. I see nothing wrong with doing aerobic exercise before working out with weights as long as you don't become so tired from the aerobic exercise that it interferes with your weight lifting. That of course would rule out running for 10 miles at a stiff pace or riding a bicycle for 25 miles at a stiff pace before working out with weights.

    It's interesting that what is now called cardio used to be called aerobic. I don't understand why terminology keeps changing; it doesn't seem to make any sense. Actually, aerobic makes more sense because it exercises more than the heart; it also exercises the muscles that operate the lungs and that is also important.
  • omgazn

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    Aug 14, 2014 5:21 PM GMT
    In the military you normally do weights first then cardio. Then again everyone have a different method of training. Do what works for you.

    Me personally I do 5min quickwalk on the treadmill at 5.5 mph then lift for 45min then cardio for 10min.
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    Aug 14, 2014 6:18 PM GMT
    Look at the fat folks that spend hours on cardio machines then look at the guys lifting weights. Weight lifting is a way better use of your time Paleo Diet is even more effective than working out to burn fat and build muscle .
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    Aug 14, 2014 7:01 PM GMT
    do them on different days
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 14, 2014 7:16 PM GMT
    gettingfit101 saidThanks everyone for the help so fast, just to update, I go to the gym 4- 5 days a week at 7:30 I'm the morning and I have been following a healthier meal plan, I've started 3 months back in May and I was 213 pounds but now I'm 198 pounds, so it's working well, I know it's just the beginning

    Ok, your 5'7" and weight 198. That is overweight but not obese. Like jj said, don't think of it as a multistep issue. Just finish what you've already started. Fix your diet, work out with weights (burns calories faster than cardio) and finish with some light cardio. On your off days, you can do a bit more cardio. But what you need to do is think about it as a lifestyle change to healthy eating and good exercise. You can maintain that for the rest of your life.
  • Chargermuscle

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    Aug 14, 2014 8:46 PM GMT
    Simply put start with weights. I have been at this gym stuff for more than 32+ years. Follow it with cardio.
  • Noeton

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    Aug 15, 2014 2:18 PM GMT
    In my opinion either way is good, but if building lean muscle is your ultimate goal, I would start with focusing on lifting weights, getting your diet right and clean (lots of protein and less carbs -- in my experience) and doing some daily walking for cardio to cut fat (like 1 hour or so). For me, and I think for most guys, lifting is just a lot more fun... and when I start lifting heavier and heavier weights I feel a sense of accomplishment that helps motivate me through to my goal. Once I've got up to the level of lean muscle that I want, I will work on building my endurance with higher intensity cardio (like running).
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    Aug 15, 2014 7:25 PM GMT
    Initially, you can generally get away with lifting to gain muscle mass and lose fat while eating at a maintenance (coined "noob gains") but there will come a point where you'll have to decide if you want to bulk and lift heavy or cut and up your cardio level.

    If you want to get serious about it, look into "if it fits your macros".
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    Aug 19, 2014 2:29 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone for ask the advice, I had to change my account, something went wrong so this is my new account but thanks everyone, all the advice will be taken into consideration,