🔥 WHEN SHOULD YOU DO CARDIO 🔥
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✔️ This is a question I get asked quite a bit ➡️ "when should I do cardio? Before or after weights?". Now, unless you're a marathon runner and the goal is to build cardiovascular endurance, 9/10 times, the answer is always either after strength training or on a separate day.
✔️ The reason for this is because, for most people, the goal is to build strength, muscle mass, overall fitness, and be lean in which case, I like to prioritize strength training. You have to tackle your strength training head-on with intensity to create enough of a stimulus to force growth and gain.
✔️ If you do cardio beforehand (aside from a cardiovascular warm-up which is different and I strongly encourage you to warm up properly), you, unfortunately, are taxing yourself and using a lot of that stored glycogen that needs to be used for your strength training. If your goal is to do 5x5 today for deadlifts, doing that after a cardio session, especially a HIIT session, will definitely be a struggle especially if the goal was to lift heavier than the last session.
✔️ To be honest, the ideal situation is to do cardio on different/opposing days to strength training. With that being said, another thing you could do, depending on the cardio, is lower intensity cardio in the morning (e.g. a fasted walk) and then strength training in the evening after you've fed your body throughout the day.
🏋️♂️ When do you do cardio? Let me know in the comments below and tag a friend that should see this.
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