when and how long to do cardio
- 07-18-2009, 11:49 AM
when and how long to do cardio
Should I do cardio as a warmup on the same day I work my legs and do squats and deadlifts, or is it better I do cardio on the days I work my chest and arms. Also how long should I do cardio? I have a gazelle(didn't buy it) at home and was wondering if that is sufficient or am I better off jogging. I much rather have an exercise bike.
- 07-18-2009, 12:06 PM
I think it's best to do cardio on days when you're not weight training. But I've heard that if you must do them on the same day you either:
1. Do cardio first, then wait about 3 to 4 hours before starting with your weight training.
2. Do weights first, then do cardio.
As for how long to do it, usually a good 30 to 40 minutes 3 times a week is sufficient. I personally go about 30 minutes of HIIT.
07-18-2009, 01:13 PM
07-18-2009, 03:28 PM
07-18-2009, 05:57 PM
I did the gazelle for about 15 minutes today and I didn't like how it made my legs feel. Has anyone tried this machine and know if it's any good?
07-19-2009, 01:37 PM
07-19-2009, 03:22 PM
07-19-2009, 03:44 PM
I do cardio after i train with weights. I have a life outside the gym, work 50-60 hours a week which makes this the only option for me. It works out fine. I have dropped 20 ish lbs in 6 weeks cutting out carbs during the week and doing some cardio this way. Strength has suffered minimally. Actually less than i thought it would.
07-19-2009, 03:54 PM
07-19-2009, 05:18 PM
The type (jogging, incline walking, elliptical, bike etc etc) doesnt matter so much, just do 20-30 minutes 3x a week either fasted or post workout. If you're gaining fat too fast, add 1-2 sessions per week. If you're not gaining muscle, drop a couple of sessions. listen to your body.
07-19-2009, 05:26 PM
I'll throw my 2 cents....
Personally, I don't have much of a luxury of doing cardio first thing in the morning most days, so that leaves me no choice but to do cardio right after weight training. But, like someone else said before, it depends on a few factors (goals, level of current bf, level of bf you want to acheive, weight-training goals, etc.) You see, there is no real magic answer. Just a ton of variables for you to play with.
Regardless, if you have the opportunity, hit your cardio first thing in the morning. Then, in the afternoon some time, hit the weights. If you don't have that luxury, you shoudl train then hit cardio right after. Just make sure that you take in some BCAAs right after training.
07-19-2009, 06:42 PM
I'd still like to hear what people have to say about the gazelle vs an exercise bike. I'm really thinking of selling the gazelle. I just don't like how your legs don't bend while doing the gazelle and it makes my legs feel still.
07-19-2009, 07:48 PM
To reduce calorie burned stop doing the HIIT and try just walking on an incline for about 15 minutes. That will help relieve some soreness and not burn as many calories to help with bulking.
I would not do cardio before a leg day. As part of my warm up I would do about 5 minutes of stationary bike followed by stretching to get the blood flowing.
07-19-2009, 08:06 PM
07-19-2009, 09:47 PM
07-19-2009, 10:02 PM
07-19-2009, 11:06 PM
there's alot of different things you can do. it ALL comes down to what do YOU want?
personally...I dont believe any of the specifics, I can go into further detail but I wont...just keep it simple, remember the basics
07-19-2009, 11:27 PM
07-19-2009, 11:41 PM
07-19-2009, 11:46 PM
07-20-2009, 02:10 AM
I do an hour of interval boxing/kickboxing twice a week and it works wonders with my 3 day DC style routine. Im leaning out and strength hasn't gone down at all.
07-20-2009, 07:41 AM
07-20-2009, 01:10 PM
07-20-2009, 02:03 PM
Your body will tell you the truth. I used to do cardio 5 days a week and was seeing little muscle gain. I stopped performing cardio and was able to gain a tremendous amount of weight and muscle. Now I am at the point where I would like to trim some of the fat while keeping the muscle. I am doing cardio 20 minutes 3 times a week at 70 percent of my max heart rate. Seems to be working.
Follow your body.
07-20-2009, 02:56 PM
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