Question about what timing and what type of cardio

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  1. thebeave

    thebeave New Member

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    So I'm under the understanding that your body needs protein as soon as possible after weight training and that cardio right after weight training is more effective than cardio by itself (from a time/benefit standpoint).

    I've never really done cardio but I wanted to lose some bodyfat and maintain as much muscle as possible so I was going to maintain my current diet (but less carbs, more fat)/weight training and add a few 30-45 minute cardio sessions a week (treadmill at a brisk walk on an incline) after weight training and just bring protein powder in a water bottle for after weight training.

    Suggestions/feedback? Is there a more effective way to lose fat while maintaining muscle?
     
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    T-R-T New Member

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    Lift weights then do cardio then have a protein/carb shake
     
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    Why do you want to increase your fat intake?
     
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    To make up for the decreased calories from less carbs.

    If I'm going to maintain my calories for the day and I decrease my carbs I have to make it up from somewhere. I've always heard that you should get more of your energy from fat during a cut :dunno:
     
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    Yeah, fat is the ideal source of energy for your body.

    However here's quote for Rippetoe about your cardio though,

    You can ignore the CrossFit stuff if you want- but you don't really want to be wasting your time with slow cardio for extended periods of time.
     
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    SirBoss7 Life is a tragedy to those who feel and a comedy t

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    I'm not a big guy by any means, but my strength isn't too bad. I weigh 142-145ish but can curl 50s and run a 5:20 mile.

    I usually sprint 2 miles before I do calisthetics and weights for an hour and half. Then when I do my long runs, I focus on decreasing my times incrementally while running with a camelpak with about 6-9lbs of weights in it.

    As for protein intake, I've heard that around 15-45min is a good time after a workout, and that a ratio of 2.5 carbs : 1 protein is effective. I've been doing this lately and limiting desserts and I've toned down a lot while maintaining my strength.
     
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    I'm in the similiar boat as the OP. My only question is should I drink my protein shake between the time I finish lifting nd begin cardio. Or should I lift, then a 20-30 min of cardio, then drink my shake??
     
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    I personally like the elliptical less stress on the knees. But I occasionaly mix it up a bit. Like after two weeks of the elliptical I would do the stationary bike, treadmill, and stairmachine. Then I would go back to the elliptical for a week. Just keeps me from getting bored from it.
     
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    I did it for the first time yesterday and ended up just doing 20 minutes. I set the incline to 12 (of 15) and the speed to 4 and that was enough to keep my heart rate in the low 150s for the whole time.

    I really don't know jack shit about using cardio properly... need some answers guys :o

    I also know that the first few hours after you lift weights you should eat a lot, which I do and it has worked well for me. But I have heard that you shouldn't eat certain things or certain quantities after cardio, which would conflict if you're doing both in the same session :hs:
     
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