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Cardio Or Strength First?

Cardio or strength first?


One of the most common questions we get is: “Should I do cardio before or after lifting?” And here’s the surprising answer: It depends on your fitness goals. While cardio and strength training both have benefits (and you definitely SHOULD do both to stay healthy and strong) What’s most important is the order you do them in. This can make a HUGE difference in your workout results… So it all depends on your goals - what do you want to achieve with exercise? Based on your goals, we’ve prepared a simple ‘cardio cheat sheet’ to help you decide on whether you do cardio before or after lifting. Here you go: Better Endurance/ Stamina If your goal is to increase your endurance/stamina, doing cardio before lifting is the way to go. This spikes your heart rate early on in the workout for stronger cardiovascular health and better endurance over time. Shredding Fat Want to shred fat and get lean quick? Do strength training first and then end your workout with cardio. Studies show that doing this helps burn extra calories and keeps your metabolism running long after you finish working out. Getting Stronger If your goal is to increase your strength and power, do strength training first, followed by some light cardio. Overdoing cardio can actually lower your muscle mass over time and make it take longer for your body to recover. General Fitness If you exercise just to get fit, with no specific goals or targets? You can do either cardio or strength training first. Regardless of which you do first, both will help whip your body into shape (although we recommend doing the one you like less first just to get it out of the way!). Leg Day If you’re doing leg day or lower body training, make sure to do cardio after you work out. Doing cardio before lower body exercises like squats and deadlifts can tire your leg muscles out. Naturally, this can ruin leg day for you! And there you have it - the ultimate cardio cheat sheet. The bottom line is this: Doing cardio before lifting (or vice versa) is good for you no matter what. But for certain fitness goals, one is better than the other. All you need to do is figure out what your goals are and modify your exercise routine, with the help of this guide, to get you there faster.


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