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Which Do You Do First: Cardio or Weights?

When I go to the gym I usually do cardio first, but sometimes I like to switch it up and do my resistance exercises first. I am sure you have your way of doing things, so which do you usually do first, cardio or weights?


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Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I have to do the elliptical before I do anything else to get my heart rate going and "loosen me up"
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
I do it before because I like being sweaty and hot during weights. If I do weights without being all sweaty, I have no strength. Also, if I do weights first, I'm too lazy to do a full cardio session. And I'm a cardio, yoga, pilates FREAK so weights are the biggest drag for me! I like the mentalness of yoga too much.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
for me, the core to my workout is cardio so if i have no time to do anything else, at least i do that. i've thrown in weights from time to time but i'll always always be on the cardio machines for at least 30 minutes a day
crystalm07 crystalm07 8 years
I have heard that by lifting weights first before cardio, you essentially "tear" those muscles and therefore will burn more calories when doing your cardio after as your body tries to repair those muscles.
digibron digibron 8 years
I don't work out at the gym. I do my weights and cardio on different days.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Cardio first, then weights.
kristints kristints 8 years
After cardio, I'm tired and I just want to go home, so, I always do weights first.
Stupidasscat Stupidasscat 8 years
I do whatever I can fit in usually its weights 1st
heartbreakerx62x heartbreakerx62x 8 years
My trainer told me to do weights first and then cardio. Usually I do a little stretching and abs first, then weights, then cardio.
amerikanbeanhead amerikanbeanhead 8 years
Start with cardio for 5 min, stretch, lift weights, cardio, lift weights. I do ten or fifteen min of each for about 2 hours
Allytta Allytta 8 years
cardio to warm up and get that blood flowing.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I haven't started my strength training yet. Currently I do 30 minutes on the elliptical 5 mornings a week. Strength training will be 2 evenings a I guess my answer is other!
Anais18 Anais18 8 years
I do cardio and weights on different hours of the day, and I don't go to the gym - I jog outside and lift weights at home.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
i do cardio first, except on cycle class mornings. On those mornings i set up my bike, do some weights and then cycle. Other times i do cardio first and then weights and then another round of cardio if i am taking a class after. i dunno. i just feel like i need to get my blood going before i can lift weights.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I have been doing cardio first but I read somewhere on here that doing weights first is better?
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 8 years
Cardio then weights most always.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Pilates, then cardio, then weights. Other days, I'll do only cardio, or Pilates and then cardio. I don't like doing cardio before Pilates because I go in all sweaty and tense. Pilates beforehand relaxes and flexes all my muscles and gives me better balance on the machines!
SweetNGlow SweetNGlow 8 years
Evidence actually suggests that you can nullify your anabolic processes by following it with a catabolic or aerobic type of stimulus. When you do a strength training routine, for example, you signal a process in which information from genes is used to make proteins to begin building muscle that was recruited. But switching from strength training to a high intensity interval session creates a catabolic effect that opposes the signals in the muscle fibers that were stimulated anabolically. So if your goal is to build muscle, do the strength training session second and pair it with a low level cardio before. And if you have to do a high level cardio, do a light weight training session first followed by your high intensity cardio.
brookrene brookrene 8 years
I dont want to get my sweat all over the weight equipment, so i do my cardio last. It's the least I can do. :) Although i definitely warm up before i do weights.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Cardio warms me up all over, so I do that first.
kurnu kurnu 8 years
I used to do cardio first but the trained at my gym recomended a switch and the workout feels better.
LauraHealy LauraHealy 8 years
I do a cardio warm up, just five minutes of running.. weights.. and then 30 min intense cardio. A trainer at my gym told me it's much better to do weights first?
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I don't do them on the same day. If I had to, I'd do cardio in the morning and strength in the afternoon after work. Besides, isn't strength training supposed to be done first for optimal results?
melda melda 8 years
teegaall teegaall 8 years
Cardio first
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