Perfect timing--I have been sick and missed two days at the gym--I was wanting to get my ST done first in case I ran out of juice during cardio--this just reinforced what I need to do...THANKS! 3189 days ago
Cardio is a good general warmup, but should be SHORT (I do 3 minutes at increasing pace on the treadmill usually, or 2 minutes on the XC ski machine), then one should move into a dynamic / semi-specific warmup, and do specific warmups for major lifts.
I always do resistance training THEN cardio. It turns out there's an article on Spark recommending the reverse... but I think they are wrong. Doing cardio before RT will hurt your ability to do the RT intensely, which is the whole point. And every fitness pro I've ever seen has said cardio after RT. Also, the program I'm doing (NROL4W) has you do more cardio-ish stuff after the RT and it's working great for me. In fact when I started to increase the intensity of my final interval I noticed an almost immediate and fairly apparent increase in cardiovascular capacity. 3190 days ago
I read about this in a magazine. This is a very good article. You're lucky you have your mom helping you out! I mostly just do cardio. Sometimes I do push-ups. I'm thinking of starting to do drop sets with free weights. That's when you use a heavy weight, the heaviest you can lift, then switch to the next lower one. It's really supposed to fatigue your muscles. 3192 days ago
Great article, and great timing. I am just finishing up a few things before leaving for the gym and I will definitely not over-do my cardio warm up (just a few minutes to warm up my muscles) before hitting the weights. I am so glad you took the time to share this. Thank you. 3192 days ago
I've heard that before but that article really brought it home! WOW! Since I'm just starting out I've only been doing cardio and thought I'd add ST later. I need to rethink that. I will be cleaning out a corner in my garage, find my old weights and bench and get some going.
Thanks for sharing! Have a great day! 3192 days ago
Interesting. We were just talking about this on one of the message boards. I had a trainer tell me once that I should do strength training first because moving your muscles helps the body get rid of the lactic acid that builds up during strength training (which causes that muscle burn feeling). So you'll be less sore if you do the cardio second. Though a proper cool down is still essential. 3192 days ago
Interesting - that's the way I was working out this spring until my surgery - because I was trying to prioritize strength training. So I would do about a 10-minute warm-up, then 20-30 minutes of strength training, and then 20 minutes more of cardio. I find that if I do all my cardio training first, I'm more likely to skip the strength training altogether. 3192 days ago
Yepper!!!!! My Husband taught me this when we first started dating!! Now I warm up he suggests 15 minutes then hit weights!!! He has a rockin' bod so I follow his lead! HA!!! Good job ob seeing positive results! 3192 days ago