Question for everyone, Cardio after legs or not?
- 01-29-2008, 02:12 PM
- 01-29-2008, 02:20 PM
I do about 15 minutes on a bike or elipticle after my leg workout. Try to keep my heart rate b/w 160 and 170. If nothing else it's kinda like stretching a little bit. Of course, I try to remember to stretch after I get done with the cardio as well."I am legally blind and if I can Squat,deadlift and over all get myself to the gym then anyone can get their a$$ in gear and get strong!!" - malleus25
01-30-2008, 05:21 PM
I cant do cardio after legs. I feel like im going to puke when legs are hit good. I stretch and leave.
01-30-2008, 05:26 PM
If you can do cardio after legs then you need to change your routine,
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01-30-2008, 05:49 PM
01-30-2008, 06:17 PM
02-05-2008, 03:19 AM
02-08-2008, 10:24 PM
02-14-2008, 03:26 AM
i'm with easy on this. 10 min or so of hills on the bike adds just the right amount to my legs. granted i want to toss cookies after legs but i'm wierd like that. the more sore i am after the more i wanna keep going, no matter what muscle group i work.
02-14-2008, 03:28 AM
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02-14-2008, 08:54 AM
there is no link between muscle soreness and muscle growth, so just because you arent sore doesnt mean your not working your muscles. I typically do not do cardio after my leg days because i dont feel as though I can put in 100% focus into my cardio. But I do stretch, a lot.
02-14-2008, 06:15 PM
02-29-2008, 05:25 AM
most the time i cant walk to well after a leg workout and other times i feel fine. 10 mins on the bike is nice a warm down.
03-05-2008, 05:47 PM
I can't even imagine doing cardio after legs. I frequently have trouble getting up stairs afterwards.
03-05-2008, 06:43 PM
I do not do cardio after legs, I am shot by the end of my workout. I get a good stretch in and call it a day.
03-05-2008, 08:37 PM
I do looooow intensity cardio; as in, 110 bpm or less, as I find that if I do this for 10-15 and follow with stretching then I reduce the muscle soreness in the following days.
03-05-2008, 09:26 PM
03-05-2008, 09:29 PM
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03-06-2008, 02:29 PM
I never do cardio after any lifting work out, especially legs. When I finish my leg work out it takes me about an hour to get rid of the "sea leg" feeling, they are completely shot. I do however do cardio 6 times a week, I do it about 8 hours after my work out and do a 20 HIT cardio.
This is from the MaxOT program:
"To minimize cardio's negative effects on muscle growth you must schedule your aerobic sessions as distant in time from your weight training as possible. This means DO NOT do both cardio and weight training in the same workout. Don't do cardio immediately before you weight train and don't do cardio immediately after you weight train. This is how most people do it and it's completely wrong and detrimental to optimal muscle growth."
03-06-2008, 02:35 PM
03-11-2008, 05:36 PM
I think it's a great idea to do some light biking to cool down the legs. Watch a seasoned athlete train - no madder how hard the workout, they know to cooldown properly. Facilitates a faster recovery.
Spin it the other way - If you CAN'T do cardio after legs, grow some BALLS and suck it up! If you can walk to your car, you have something left in you. It's not that you CAN'T, it's that you WON'T. I'm talking very light biking... done right, and it feels great.
03-11-2008, 06:11 PM
I agree totally. Maybe I should have specified that I meant like cardio, more of a cool down persay. Everyone has to be so high and mighty though. I work my legs very hard and even though it hurts i think it helps from getting sore. I also feel that sometimes the more I work the harder I can keep going, kinda like a runners high.
03-11-2008, 07:22 PM
I play football and must practice after lifting 4 days a week. So i basically do not have a choice. But in the off season i continue to do some cardio after i lift.
Considering that your glycogen stores are seriously depleted after an intense lower body/leg workout, doing low to moderate level cardio for a short period of time will not only enhance the utilization of fat as the primary energy source, but also serve as an excellent cool down period for those pumped leg muscles...
03-25-2008, 02:35 AM
If I didnt absolutely kill my legs, I will do cardio after, Ive noticed it eases the pain. The same seems to be true with other body parts as well, although I only recommend trying it if your an expereinced lifter.
03-25-2008, 02:39 AM
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