If you do ST and cardio back-to-back, then whichever you do second is going to suffer.
If you seperate your workouts by several hours, your muscles have the chance to recover, and you will get more out of each workout.
And unless you are training for an endurance event, once you get to being able to do 30-40 minutes of cardio, you are better off adding more intensity to your workout, rather than more time.
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Some of the responses that you may get may be that, on days when you do the strength training (typically 2 to 3 times per week), then your cardio should be about 30 to 45 minutes in length.
I guess a lot depends on your goals and figuring out what works for you. I've recently changed things up, doing cardio in the morning (5 days/week with the occasional 6th day) and strength training in the afternoon (3 days/week). I have started collecting a few dumbbells to have at home. I prefer doing cardio in the morning because it gets my blood flowing. Right now, I'm doing cardio for an hour. Some days, I'll cut the cardio short and do 45 minutes but up the resistance/incline and speed. I tend to get bored with strength training so I try to keep it short (20 to 45 min.) in length. For me, it's the upper body that bores me because I don't have a lot of upper body strength (I've always had weaker arms), but I digress.
I think that most people will do about 20 to 30 minutes of strength training. Some people may do as much as 45 minutes to an hour in length. Since I have gone from using gym machines to using my body weight and dumbbells, I do well to do about 20 to 30 min. It's taking time to get used to doing the strength training in the afternoon.
In the end, I think what works for you is what you should do. If changing things up will keep things interesting then go for it. It's about consistency (and form with the strength training).
I'm planning on going to the gym twice today. Normally when I go I do my c25k program and then some weights, squats, etc. Should I break it down and just do longer cardio the first time and longer strength the second. I need a way to break it up. Any suggestions?
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