lifting, cardio time question

  1. lifting, cardio time question


    So I have two options. Go to the gym and do my workout at night, after work, or do it super early in the morning. Either way I don't have time to go twice. I want to do some cardio, should I do it after lifting and sip bcaas? Should I do it before or after my post workout shake? What's the best way to time this

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  2. Try it both ways and see what you like better. Not many people can get up on a strict schedule and go to the gym in the morning.

    There is a lot of literature out there about timing cardio and lifting, etc. My opinion is to do what you feel like. If you do the cardio first your lifting will suffer some, but it all depends on what's more important to you. On heavy days I will nearly always do cardio after lifting. On days that are light or a deload week I will sometimes do the cardio first just to get it out of the way.
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  3. Out of your given choices, I would go earlier in the morning. Cardio before lifting will fatigue you and your weight training won't be as effective. My advice would be to do your lifting, then drink some form of glycogen replacement (gatorade powder, dextrose, waxy maize, ect..) and some BCAAs before you do your cardio. You can intermittently take in BCAAs while you do cardio. After you're completely done, have a whey protein shake and maybe some more glycogen replacement. Maybe take what you would normally take in for glycogen replacement and split it up; half after weights, the other half after cardio. Might have to tinker around with it until you find what works best for you. I would suggest finding the best possible way to have effective workouts, getting in your cardio, while trying to prevent any form of muscle breakdown.

    If your goals are to bulk up, I would keep the cardio to a minimum. If you're trying to cut or maintain weight, it makes things a little easier, I think.

    Good luck bro!

  4. I do cardio after i train. Why, because i have a job and i travel 30 minutes to lift in a gym that is outfitted for a powerlifter. Sometimes you just have to do what you can. I here people tell me that you should not do cardio and weights in the same session. I guess i am wrong then.

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