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4 Reasons to do Cardio Workouts After Weightlifting

August 5th, 2008 · 2 Comments

One of the most debated questions in the fitness and workout realm is whether is best to do your cardio workouts before or after weightlifting. Some experts recommend cardio exercises to be executed before weightlifting while others are totally against such thing.

The truth is it all depends in your goals, medicine so to help you decide when is the best time to do your cardio exercises Workout Planet has made two lists, one with 4 reasons why you should do cardio exercises after weightlifting and another with 4 reasons why you should do cardio exercises before weightlifting.

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Today will be looking at the 4 reasons to do cardio exercises after. So here they are:

  1. Injury – Cardio Workout before lifting increase the risk of injuries due to muscle fatigue.
  2. Fat burning – A 40 to 50 minutes workout session, followed by 20 to 40 of cardio workout you’ll burn more fat, first because your body will need more energy to go through the cardio workout and second when you finish lifting your body is fat burning mode.
  3. Increase Muscle Size and Strength – If you do a hard cardio workout before lifting, you deplete glycogen, which makes the workout ineffective.
  4. Focus – This is my personal advice, when I go to the gym my mind is focused on my workout session, or lets say on the weights that I’ll lift, if I do a 20 to 30 minutes cardio workout I lose my focus not say energy and my weightlifting sessions ends up not been as good as it should.

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That is it for today stay tuned for the 4 reason to do you cardio workout before weightlifting.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dane // May 13, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks. That’s very good to know. I was always doing my cardio before my workout. Now I’ll try it after my workout. Take care. Cheers.

  • 2 Brian // Jun 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I used to do my cardio before my workout to double as a warmup. I switched to after just because I found it more pleasant to do my workout without sweating so much from my cardio. But I think it is important to do a thorough warmup before lifting.

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