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Interesting workout myth article

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It is funny, my mom who is a trainer told me to stop doing cardio first and strength train then do cardio. I always had done it that way and when I started at my new gym I switched to cardio first because it is so busy and so hard to get a machine at all. When I think about it I was seeing better results from ST first.
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    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
  • TISHA80
    Thanks for the info! I didn't know this. :)
    3190 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
    they always tell people to do this at my gym - guess i'm gonna have to start listening :-)
    3191 days ago
    Thanks for the info!
    3192 days ago
    Thank you sssoo much for sharing this. I went to the gym after reading this and did what the article suggested. emoticon
    3192 days ago
    Thanks for the info. I always warm up, but I will get distracted and just do the whole cardio first.
    3192 days ago
  • TERRYT55
    Great article........I'm going to switch things around and do ST first.

    Thanks for sharing!
    3192 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
  • CANNIE50
    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. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    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
    Looks like it's time to switch things up! Thanks for posting!
    3192 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    Wow, great article....makes absolute sense.
    Thank you for sharing Ashley.
    3192 days ago
    Interesting, thanks for sharing!
    3192 days ago
    Interesting, emoticon
    3192 days ago
    I think I will try this. Im not finding my balance at all. Hopefully this helps! Thanks!!!! Have a great day!!!!
    3192 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. I am going to switch things up. I am excited.
    3192 days ago
    I've always wondered if the order did make a difference. Thanks for sharing.
    3192 days ago
    Interesting! Guess I'll give it a shot, since what I'm doing doesn't seem to be producing results. (But that could be due to the peanut butter eggs, too.)
    3192 days ago
    Thanks Ashley! good info.
    3192 days ago
    Thank you for posting- this is great information :) Always learning.
    3192 days ago
    Saw this article today too! Great read! I do my exercise separately right now, but may have to think about that!
    3192 days ago
  • DEB181
    I have been told this too by my trainer.

    But she also said to try .. 1 day cardio, next day ST
    back to back .. then a day off for rest.

    by the way... I HATE cardio

    so far this has beat the boredom emoticon
    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
    Thanks for sharing! It's definitely worth trying for me.
    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! emoticon
    3192 days ago
    emoticon for sharing. Very good info to know. Sounds logical. Have a emoticon day.
    3192 days ago
    Thank you for the information. I'll have to give it a shot and see what the results are for me.
    3192 days ago
  • no profile photo SLEEPTALKS
    Thank you for sharing this! That's really good to know!
    3192 days ago
  • 8890KAREN
    Thanks for the link. I usually do weights first just so I'm not so sweaty using the machines.
    3192 days ago
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