When to do Cardio: Before or After Weight Training?

This is the age old question the most weightlifters will ask themselves throughout their training routine. For me, I do not usually do cardio very much but when I do I usually do it after my training. The way I look at it is that my body is going to be taxed and exhausted by the time I finished lifting weights and this way with the cardio I can just run on a machine.

Even though both options can be exhausting, I do usually find cardio to be less intensive since I am staying in one spot and I’m not exerting myself with any weights. However, some people do wish to do their cardio before, for reasons of their own. Some feel that the cardio is a good way to get the body and a fat burning state before they hit the weights. I would not argue this but for me it’s a matter of personal preference.

In the past, I have tried to do cardio before I weightlifting session but every time I would try it I would usually gas myself out during the weights and have to cut the entire workout short. Another issue that I suffered with was taking my pre-workout supplement before I did my cardio. I thought it would have enough energy to last throughout the cardio session and the weightlifting session, but I was proven wrong.  The bad part of this was that the caffeine wore off midway through my cardio session and, having a high caffeine tolerance I was nearly exhausted before I had even picked up a single weight.

The most important way to find out which type of person you are regarding cardio and weightlifting together is to simply try it for yourself. I would recommend starting small, if you haven’t done cardio before. You do not want to be the person that is on the treadmill and plans to be on there for 30 minutes to find yourself covered in sweat and exhausted and five. Please remember to take your time and take baby steps if you’re starting cardio for the first time.

Some people enjoy stretching after a good cardio workout. As we have learned recently, stretching can actually lead to greater injury risk when lifting weights so remember to go easy on the stretching and only do a little if you must before weightlifting. Although cardio and weightlifting, when combined, I can give you the body that you want twice is quick, remember that you were also doing twice as much work in a shorter amount of time then you would by just weightlifting.

Be sure to take breaks if you need it, drink plenty of water, and don’t go too crazy on the cardio before or after weightlifting session.

We want to know where our readers stand on the issue, so please leave a comment below stating your preference as far as cardio and weightlifting go together.

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