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What Comes First? Cardio or Weights?

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What Comes First? Cardio or Weights?

It’s interesting to see the variability in opinion that exists out there among avid fitness fanatics or even personal trainers. When advising the novice and leading them through the world of training, different opinions often spark debate as to whether you start a work out with cardio first or weights? There are various arguments from both sides that have their valid points but I’ll focus on what has worked for me and several of my clients in the past.

Before I answer the question lets go through some background information for me to help illustrate my point. Your body has three main sources of energy: 1) Carbs, 2) Fat and 3) Muscle. Carbs and fat stored energy cells help fuel the body before your body would even look to break down protein. Although carbs and fat typically burn in an equal proportion, when your body does fast acting movements the proportional shifts towards more carbs burning and while when doing slower activities, fat stored cells burn in greater proportion. If you body is completely depleted or starved of carbs/fat then protein would be an alternate source, although this shouldn’t be the case in everyday activities.

Now that we’ve got a brief background I will answer the question. I always have advised my clients to hit the weights before the cardio, however to warm up the body be sure to stretch or do a 5 min walk around the gym or even on the treadmill. Whether you are losing weight or trying to tone up, weights act as a critical component to achieving that goal. I normally try to maximize my available energy and try to deplete of carbs as much as I can so when I am on the machines and doing a brisk walk on the treadmill, I can try to target the fat stored energy cells.

What this has provided is a solid routine that aims to try to work out the core muscle groups in the body and to try to tone and strengthen them up but at the same time help your overall cardiovascular system in an effort to keep fit and healthy.

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