So whenever I am at the gym, I notice some people start with cardio then start their strength training , and I have noticed others start with strength training then head over to cardio once they are finished.  I will be honest, I didn't know which one made more sense and I tried both ways for experimental reasons to see if I noticed a difference in the gains, and weight loss.  To be honest, I didn't notice much of a difference other than starting with strength seemed to make me tired by the time I came over to cardio today and the fact is, I used the cardio as a warm-up before starting my strength training but today I didn't even do a proper warm-up; I just hopped into it with some reps and went from there.  The question of the day is, which one way will give me the most gains and which way is much more beneficial (most people have told me strength training first will help me keep my gains); So I did decided to do my own research and figure out what works best for me and works the best for others and here is what I came up with: 

 

 

So if you chose to not read these links above me, let me break them down for you, but also feel free to look at them, because I read each of them and they each had the same ideas and even some good pointers! Basically it doesn't necessarily matter which one goes FIRST, but it is more beneficial to start your strength training first then do cardio afterwards because you will have the energy you need to be able to do the short burst exercises (anaerobic) but if you do cardio first, you will burn through your stores and when you go to do strength training; you are most likely going to either have a bad session or be fatigued by the time you start it.  

In my opinion, I believe people should switch it up quite a lot. Like maybe 2 days a week do cardio then strength, then another 2 or 3 days do strength and start on cardio, because I think this will be the most beneficial but it all depends on what your goals are and what is most important to you during the workout.  I stand by switching it up, because I think they can offer different things by doing so.. maybe you are trying to lose weight, if you do your cardio beforehand then you will have the energy needed to run your mile, ect and then doing strength you might have some stores left to work on strength but doesn't have to be heavy lifts necessarily.  If you are someone working on hypertrophy and muscle gains, starting strength training first might be more beneficial to you because you will have energy stores left to do all your lifts then once you do cardio you don't have to necessarily run a mile. Just depends on your goals, and what you can handle.  I think the most important aspect is showing up ready to sweat and push yourself, if you do that each time .. then you are winning no matter what!

 

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Sincerely,

Your blogger Shay-lon

 

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