Why is the general concensus that it's better to do cardio after lifting?

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  1. Lucien

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    It's always seemed to make more sense to me to do cardio before lifting, as it raises heart rate, gets more oxygen into the muscles and warms you up.

    Isn't that more beneficial to a workout than having a bit more energy to lift a little more?

    I searched and didn't see an answer to this. :dunno:
     
  2. BimmerJustin

    BimmerJustin Why would you deny yourself something you want?

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    lifting depletes glycogen stores, fat burning takes place only once glycogen is depleted.
     
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    A short stint is good for the reasons you posted. 10 minutes
    Doing your regular cardio session will deplete your glycogen stores and make it much harder to lift. So lift first.
     
  4. Lucien

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    Ah, ok.

    So, it's best to only warm up with cardio for the benefits i stated, then lift to deplete glycogen stores, then longer/more intensive cardio to get the most out of the depleted glycogen?
     
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    :rolleyes:
     
  6. Lucien

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    ...or maybe not.
     
  7. 4cd-Air

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    this is the best answer that will be posted in this thread


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  8. BimmerJustin

    BimmerJustin Why would you deny yourself something you want?

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    a valid point
     
  9. Lucien

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    Sweet. I'll do what i said then, as i've already been doing that for a while now.

    Thanks, guys.
     
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    I like jogging AM , makes me wired all day and more on point, and it makes me hungry to go fuel myself for the PM lifts
     
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    Peal is right though.:hs:
     
  12. Lucien

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    See, back in the day when i used to be a gym rat, i'd always do 45 min. of heavy/fast cardio on the elipticals.

    Breaking a heavy sweat and getting my heart rate up and steady always seemed to get me in the mood to lift and i didn't feel stiff or cold. That's why i always assumed it was better to lift after cardio. It never seemed to degrade the quality of my lifts.

    I've never heard of the whole depleted glycogen argument. Never been able to get a straight answer on this either, so i always chalked it up to a subjective thing.
     
  13. Lucien

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    Please give me your take on this, sir. :x:

    Should i warm up with cardio, lift, then heavy cardio?

    or

    Lift first, then cardio?

    or

    Cardio first, then lift?

    Which option do you think is best and why? I should probably state that my goal right now is to undue the staggering shitty state my body is in from a few years of inactivity, and to lower my bodyfat %. I'm currently 216 lbs. and 24% bf. I DO NOT want to be a bodybuilder/huge. I DO WANT to be wiry/cut/strong without a lot of builk; i.e. Timberwolf/mma fighters/military
     
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    I used to like doing a 1 mile run on the treadmill before my workouts. Used to get my heart rate up and I was ready to go for my weights.
    Alot of times it depends on your current conditioning too...
     
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    This is what Peal and I are reffering to...:nono:

    So 10 min preworkout of cardio is fine... lift... and majority of cardio post if you want to do them all in one session.
     
  16. Lucien

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    Do you think splitting up cardio and lifting days is more effective for my goals?(goals posted above)
     
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    Here's a pearl of wisdom... you could bust your balls in the gym and eat properly for the next 2-3 years on a "bodybuilder" routine and you wouldn't get huge. Hell, you won't even look close to timber/MMA size+leanness.
     
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    Very true although not helping the man's situation. I think you would be good to do cardio pre lift if you are just looking to lose some fat pounds, and your BF% is that high id go for it, then again Timber is right it depends on your conditioning, how is your diet? Are you keto and cramping all over? Like I said I love my AM cardio but its only bc recession has me working like 10 hrs a week so I have time for it. My PM lifts are still great although I admit after incline jog x40 min yesterday AM, my squats werent AS strong last night so i did a more repetitious workout.
     
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    when you say run a mile before you lift, you mean like a seven minute mile or what? basically, for you a mile is just a warmup.
     
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    There's your answer.
     
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    When I do cardio, there is nothing pleasant or "just get my heart rate up" about it. I am completely depleted after my cardio sessions. As such, there is no such cardio before my lifting. A couple of warm up sets/stretching and I am ready to rock.
     
  22. BimmerJustin

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    im confused, are you saying that i am incorrect when i say that fat burning takes place once glycogen is depleted?
     
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    Yeah.... just as a warmup. Would walk for 2 min at 4 mph and then run at 8-10mph for a mile. And then walk for 2 min and then workout.

    All on an empty stomach.:noes:
     
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    Moreso the ONLY part.

     
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    I would rather be fresh to lift and then do cardio after. It's usually better to do the more form dependent thing first.
     
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