Is it counterproductive to lift legs then bike?

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  1. sea bass

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    I can't get a day's break on biking, I bike to work. Is it bad to bike after a leg day?
     
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    i always do cardio regardless of it being leg day or not so i hope it isn't counterproductive or i've been screwing myself
     
  3. sea bass

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    I've heard cardio eats muscle, so I'm wondering what the effect is if the muscle hasn't recovered yet
     
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    well ur not gonna stop biking to work and you need to work legs so does it matter?
     
  5. sea bass

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    hmm good point
     
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    Some would say that its better that way. The technical term is "active recovery". Its not like you can do anything about it if its your ride to work.
     
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    lol @ your av
     
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    lifting builds a different kind of muscle than biking/cardio.

    just look at BBers compared to marathon runners
     
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    I prefer to lower legs then bike.
     
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    Cardio is going to suck up nutrients... it's just building the muscles that make up your heart/lungs... i cant think of a reason that it would literally eat muscle if you have enough nutrients in you.
     
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    Lots of bodybuilders do cardio right after lifting. Arnold mentions in his book that Franco Columbu(think it was him) always biked 20 minutes right after doing legs.
     
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    Theyre right about marathon runners not being muscular, but 20-30 minutes of cardio perday is not even close to the training marathon runners do.
     
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    :ugh::ugh::ugh::ugh::rofl:
     
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    my unqualified opinion/experience is that my legs feel better then next day if i bike after legs. :dunno:
     
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    Thats likely due to the blood you pumped to them, enhancing recovery.
     
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    . I assume as long as it's not incredibly strenuous the continual blood flow will help.
     
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    I sure as hell hope not, i will spend the good majority of the summer on a bike building my legs back up after breaking my ankle and having knee surgery
     
  19. sea bass

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    so I've read that basically I just need to increase my protein level since cardio is catabolic, and will burn muscle for energy otherwise.
     
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    According to Chuck Rudolph, you should be drinking a BCAA+whey protein isolate combo when doing cardio to minimize catabolism. I'm not sure how well it works, but it's worth a try.
     
  21. sea bass

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    interesting
     
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