I don't think there is a definitive answer to this, as it will depend on your objectives.
But if you do ST and cardio back-to-back, whichever you do second is going to suffer. If you can seperate your workouts by even a few hours, your muscles get the chance to recover and you can avoid this problem.
Maximum health and fitness benefits come from a good program of BOTH ST and cardio, so I think it makes sense to structure your program to get good quality workouts in both categories.
Most experts recommend resting the muscles 48-72 hours between ST sessions, which implies just 2-3 ST workouts per week.
If you are going to the gym just 2-3 times per week and doing both ST and cardio while you are there, then I think it makes sense to mix the order on different days.
If you are doing cardio 5-6 times per week, and ST on 2-3 of those days, I think it makes sense to ST first. If you always fo cardio first, you never get the opportunity for a good quality ST workout. But if you ST first, you still get the opportunity for a good quality cardio workout on your non-ST days.
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4/29/14 9:25 A
Do whichever one you want to focus on first. By the time you get to the second thing, you will already be tired and therefore won't be able to work at the same intensity. So for example, if you really want to focus on cardio, do that first and then the strength training. After that, it really comes down to personal preference.
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4/29/14 9:14 A
I just joined a gym and I'd like to do both cardio and strength training, I'm just not sure if there is a recommended do this first. I know I'll start with a warm-up and then cool down when I'm done. Any suggestions or recommendations on what is the most effective way to do both in one session would be greatly appreciated!
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