Cardio Before or After Lifting Weights?

by Jason Brennan | December 18th, 2013 | Fitness Expert

wightsIs it better to do cardio before or after lifting weights? I get asked this question a lot. The two most important things to consider are your fitness goals and how you like to work out. If you like your routine, it’s easier it is to stick with it. Your goals will also influence how you structure your workout. If you want to improve your 5k time then run before weights. This way you will be fresh and be able to push your body harder and improve your time.

If your goal is general fitness, building strength or weight loss I like weights first.  (Always warm up for at least 5 or 10 minutes before you lift weights) If you lift first when your body is most fresh, then you will be able to lift more weight or get more repetitions which in turn will help you build muscle and strength (which in turn increases your Basal metabolic rate). After you have used up a lot of your energy getting stronger, then do the cardio to burn additional body fat.

Another great way to design a workout is intervals of cardio.  Try doing a small circuit of weights, then a short interval of cardio, then back to weights, and back to cardio again.  This method breaks up your workout so your mind and body won’t get bored.

So the main things to consider when structuring your workouts are your goals, time frame, and preference.  The thing that will deliver the best results is consistency regardless how you do your workouts.

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