Exercise/Cardio AFTER Lifting?

  • ChilaxinJOCK0...

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    Jul 15, 2009 9:05 PM GMT
    Am I wasting my lift by running or doing cardio afterwards?


    I usually like to either play racquetball, tennis, basketball, or sometimes just jog or do sprints after I lift. Yesterday after lifting I asked my friend to go play racquetball and he told me No because it would waste our lift. I have heard this before from other ppl and have been told that running or sprintin was the worst thing to do after I've lifted?


    Even at school our coaches have us seperate when we run and lift. In the offseason we usually run in the AM and lift in the afternoons. Why is this?

    However, when I was younger a coach told me the best thing to do was cardio after lifting to stay loose and flexible.

    I just want to make sure im not wasting/ruining all the effort i Put into lifting
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    Jul 15, 2009 11:59 PM GMT
    Depends on your goals. If you want to gain weight, then you probably should allow more recovery time between your lifting session and your cardio session. Or just do them on different days. If you want to lean out, then I suppose you can continue doing it back to back.

    I run. And then I go to the gym, maybe an hour later. Sometimes sooner. I've been doing this for several years. It works for me. The key is to find a balance between the two. If I run too much, then my gym workouts suffer. And if I spend too much time in the gym, then my running gets worse.

    I could be a lot bigger/muscular if I didn't run so much. But I have no desire to be the next Mr O. And I think I have the right amount of muscularity for my height and body frame. So I'm fine with my current routine.
  • ChilaxinJOCK0...

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    Jul 16, 2009 3:38 AM GMT
    Thanks, thats exactly what I wanted to know.....i could never do leg lifts and run afterwards tho. My thighs would just lock upp
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    Jul 16, 2009 10:06 AM GMT
    I'm the same way..cardio followed by weights with abs last. There is not a hope in hell I would have the energy to run after lifting.

    Cardio just will not let you "beef" up, but as runner that's not my goal either.
  • ChilaxinJOCK0...

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    Jul 16, 2009 2:08 PM GMT
    26mileman: Im opposite in that sense, I can never ever lift after I run. I have tried and my muscles get SO weak.
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    Jul 18, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
    I always do cardio before I lift weights or play tennis. It's my way of warming up I guess. I can never lift weights instantly. I must run or spin, or row before.

    Then again, I never wanted to be so huge. I wanna be in between so I balance both as much as I can. I do spin classes the days I'm not weightlifting.

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    Jul 18, 2009 2:49 AM GMT
    I do cardio and then weight lift. I prefer cardio first to use my glycogen stores.
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    Jul 18, 2009 2:55 AM GMT
    I usually do resistance in the AM and Cardio in the early evening 3 days per week Then other stuff on the alternate days with Sundays off.

  • jlly_rnchr

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    Jul 18, 2009 3:10 AM GMT
    I've read that you should do cardio before doing strength training. It helps loosen up your muscles for lifting, and you burn more calories doing it in this order than the opposite.

    http://www.realage.com/ct/tips/2922

    That being said, I always lift first, then cardio, then ab work. It seems to work fine for me, I'm gaining muscle at a pace that is to my liking.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 18, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
    I actually walk the track DURING lifting and weight training.... its a nice break and I appreciate the cardio... sometimes the treadmill comes at the end, but I usually swim and treadmill on a day I'm not lifting.
  • ChilaxinJOCK0...

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    Jul 18, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
    Pinny saidI do cardio and then weight lift. I prefer cardio first to use my glycogen stores.


    whats that mean?
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    Jul 18, 2009 4:38 AM GMT
    Excellent post!

    I have been doing for quite some time a 10 minute elliptical, to warm up, and then lifting, and then 30 minutes to an hour of elliptical after the lift. If I regularly skip the elliptical at the end, I notice that I bulk more. Took me a while to figure it out, because I just like to exercise in general without a specific focus, but I do lose more with the cardio and my chiro and massage therapist say I am pretty flexible!
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    Jul 18, 2009 5:19 AM GMT
    ChilaxinJOCK09 said
    Pinny saidI do cardio and then weight lift. I prefer cardio first to use my glycogen stores.


    whats that mean?

    Your body stores carbs as glycogen in your muscles cells. The stored glycogen serves as both fuel for exercise and contributes to muscle mass.

    I prefer to run before I lift because for me, running is a lot harder than lifting. It requires more effort and more energy. So like Pinny, I'd rather use my stored glycogen for running. Also, because I don't like to eat a lot before I run. So I rely on the stored glycogen and maybe a carb drink to get me through. After my run, I'll have a small snack before I go lift weights.

    Like I mentioned before, if you want to gain weight, you should increase the recovery time between lifting and cardio. During that recovery time, you should be consuming some carbs to help replenish the carbs/glycogen you burned up from the previous activity.
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    Jul 18, 2009 5:31 AM GMT
    That's right, but if you are just looking to get really nicely defined muscles then you can go xrichx and my route of Cardio the lifting.
  • adidas0783

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    Jul 20, 2009 9:37 AM GMT
    ChilaxinJOCK09 said26mileman: Im opposite in that sense, I can never ever lift after I run. I have tried and my muscles get SO weak.


    I am the same way. In the past when I did cardio before I would lift...I felt like my pumps were weaker and therefor my lifting was not as intense. I did feel more fatigued.

    What I try to do, as crazy as it sounds, is to run very early, two mornings a week before work on days that I am not going to lift. It really gives me tons of energy throughout the day. On heavy lifting days (i.e. legs/glutes) I just stretch and nix any cardio due to the fact that my legs feel like they would also lock up.