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3/10/11 8:16 P

There is no physiological reason to not do both on the same day most military fitness programmes are built around doing both. With regard to the sequence there is continuing debate most of it anecdotal and not based on research. There is the do what is most important to you first claque which purely subjective.
Cardio and strength work use totally different fuel sources, strength training uses glycogen and cardio uses fats.If you do the cardio first you are burning up the premium fuel and you will not have the strength to strength training effectively.

The point which may be the critical one is that in the triad for weight control strength training is second in importance after nutrition and cardio is third. Strength training provides and increased metabolic acceleration after the workout is concluded,standard steady state cardio does not. The question now becomes , what are your goals?

Here is an interesting explanation for why strength should be first.

In my years in the military strength was always fist then cardio. In my years coaching track and field, cross country and cross country skiing my athletes always did their strength work first without any detriment to their sport specific training.

My clients do three strength training only workouts a week on alternate days and cardio twice a week on th non strength training days with a third at their option. All workouts are forty minutes or less including warm up and cool down, the strength workouts are circuits and the cardio is interval based. For weight control and general fitness if the quality and intensity of the workouts is adequate this is all the time you need to spend. Adding active recreation will round out you as an individual.

As an aside the Turbulence Training programme created by Craig Ballentyne ( largely forgoes cardio at all and his clients have sucess.

JOCALAT Posts: 1,036
3/10/11 6:56 P

I do

BRITOMART Posts: 8,123
3/10/11 6:48 P

There was an article on site (can't remember, but think it was in health) about how people who do cardio then strength got better results and were more consistent than those who split them up to different days OR who reversed the order. Didn't make much sense to me. I do a big part of my cardio first, then strength, then finish my cardio (I get MUCH less stiffness that way) but that's just me.

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3/10/11 6:45 P

Yes, it's fine. :) I do both on the same day most of the time. And workouts like P90X combine both on the same day too. Even during some of the weight-lifting DVDs, you are still doing some cardio.

EEYORE2609 Posts: 240
3/10/11 6:01 P

I have been doing both with no problem. I start with a quick 6 minute warm up on the treadmill, do about a half hour of strength (arms one day, legs the next) and abs, then do a full 60 minutes of cardio after that. My personal trainer told me last summer it was no problem, and I could do cardio as long as I had the strength and endurance for it!

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3/10/11 12:02 P

If strength training and cardio shouldn't be done the same day, personal trainers would be out of a job!

Some days I do strength training and cardio (Mondays I usually do abs and my stationary bike, Thursdays I usually do arms and my stationary bike). Some days I do only cardio (Wednesdays and Saturdays). And some days I only do strength training (Sundays I do upper body after I get back from yoga).

LIVINGPROOF006 Posts: 918
3/10/11 11:57 A

I do cardio in the mornings and if I have time on my strength training days I will do it right after, but normally I will just wait until after work to do strength. But i dont see a reason you shouldnt as long as you are using good form and listen to your body

STARRYK Posts: 116
3/10/11 11:54 A

I just read the post that SP_COACH_NANCY posted - that makes total sense - I had been doing 10 mins cardio to warm up; strength training w/e area of the body that was up that day; and then 30 mins of cardio at the end - but perhaps, I need to re-think that. Thanks

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3/10/11 11:38 A


SCIFIFAN Posts: 1,119
3/10/11 11:37 A

I normally do both--usually cardio during the day and strength training at night. I alternate upper and lower body on strength training.

When I try to do both back-to-back, it just seems too tiring for me.

I know total body strength training would be better, but I don't keep it up when I try it, so the every day works best for me, with one day a week off for both cardio and weights.

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3/10/11 11:02 A

I usually do both in the same day, I only have so much time to get things done lol

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3/10/11 12:05 A

I do at times

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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3/9/11 11:52 P


I do both on the same day...however, because I do my ST first followed by my cardio since I want to focus primarily on my ST over cardio (see link below).

I hope this helps!

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3/9/11 11:41 P

I could see not doing one immediately after the other due to being tired (and sacrificing form), but I usually do strength training in the morning and go running in the afternoon and haven't had any problems.

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3/9/11 11:37 P

Hi there,
Is there any reason you should not do cardio and strength training on the same day? My husband was told you should not do any cardio after a weight lifting session. I can't understand that but wanted to see if that was truth to that at all. Any thoughts?

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