Just a point to consider, cardio does not normally warm up the muscles used for a strength workout. While is does increase your heart rate since most do some version of walking or running for cardio it does not activate the muscle groups used for strength work per se. A better warm up for a strength workout is a set of bodyweight calisthenics being sure to specifically activate the muscles used for the strength training programme.
A point to remember is that the body is not designed in such a way that you can split off muscle groups. muscles are synergistic, designed to work together and the more muscles used in a specific exercise the greater the benefit.
There are some research studies indicating that cardio first has benefits however all involve only a small number of participants (6, 9 and 35) and two are very short and only lasted 12 weeks. None of them are longitudinal enough to have enough test subjects to qualify as anything more than preliminary studies.
I have my clients split their workout into three days strength on alternate days and cardio on none strength training days. This allows them to increase the intensity of each workout and shorten the duration meaning more time to live your life.
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10 minutes warm up: walk, jog, sprint 30 minutes of strength 1 hour of cardio: spinning class 20 minutes cool down: stretch, walk, jog
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When working out and combining strength/cardio, I do the strength first. Reasoning is, glycogen aka energy, you want to lift heavy, lift with good form and not be exhausted, you'll get more benefit out of your strength training if you make it your first priority. This only applies for general fitness, if you're training for an endurance sport or race, you would make whatever cardio activity you are training for your priority. You cannot gain muscle in a deficit, it's also hard to really improve overall endurance when both activities are combined back to back, reason being is energy stores. So it's about priorities, if for only overall fitness/calorie burn, do them back to back and giver berries as hard and long as you can. But by splitting it up and working out in shorter workouts twice per day or on separate days, you'll probably see better results.
I'm currently up to 5-6 days a week of working out. This is actually my second time on sparkpeople. I went from 196 to 142. So now I have to get back to where I was. I go to the gym 2 - 3 days a week currently and I mix strength and cardio on those days. On gym days I am there between 1 and two hours. I also run 3 days a week. I did the c25k and I'm on week 7 which is 25 minute runs.
The picture I did when I joined the first time. It was a weight loss avatar and you put your current weight, and your goal weight and what you wanted your avatar to look like and you got a picture. There may websites you can search on the web that do it. Someone had it on the message board a while back where to go. I don't remember what website I used anymore.
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Do you take a break in between? Where did you get the picture/s on your screen?
I did some research on this very question 2 weeks ago. I forgot where I found it, but it read, to torch calories at a faster rate we should do strength training first and then cardio. I have been doing that ever since and it seems to work. I lost 3 lbs this week by eating 1200 calories a day and strength training for 1 hour and then 30 min. cardio.
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I want to get in longer workouts this weekend and do both cardio and strength training. (1/2 hour each?) Does it matter what I do first? Is 1/2 hour each enough?
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