cardio after weight training?
- 08-25-2009, 12:54 AM
cardio after weight training?
i recently started adding around 25 minutes of intense cardio after my weight lifting sessions to save time from my busy schedule. i was wondering how or if this cardio could affect my muscle growth or if i might even loose muscle mass because of it. i dont want to give up either of them but would still like keep adding mass while cutting up to! if i could get a few opnions or feedback on this it would be appriciated!
- 08-25-2009, 01:52 AM
08-25-2009, 02:05 AM
08-25-2009, 05:37 AM
OP, I don't think there's any harm in doing 25 minutes of cardio after weight training. It's never affected my gains. However, I wouldn't recommend it being intense cardio. Just enough to get your heart rate up to around 120 bpm. If your primary goal is to add mass, make sure your diet is tailored to that, as Guejsn suggested.
Unless you have a ridiculously fast metabolism, and it sounds like you don't, then there's no way you're going to attain a high degree of definition without aerobic activity. Anaerobic fitness is just one facet of a healthy body.
08-25-2009, 01:02 PM
i think aerobics are a over rated for fat loss. the bottom line fat loss = calories burned > Calories consumed.. i see alot of fat joggers than can run miles.
diet + supplements + heavy iron training one good way to getting cut....cardio can speed it up at the risk of muscles loss....cardio also can cover for the big mac and fries u have to eat every day for lunch.
i still say cardio is over-rated...diet is paramount
08-27-2009, 01:52 PM
thanks for the input! I think ill take the intensity down a little and only on off days. give it a try at least.
08-27-2009, 02:07 PM
Suffer now.. and live like a champion later.
08-27-2009, 02:53 PM
Do whatever your body feels like doing. Try doing cardio in the AM and PWO and see which one you like better. I'm usually so drained after I lift that I don't need to do any cardio. I usually hit 30-60 min in the AM fasted depending on how I feel.
09-05-2009, 09:43 PM
I would separate sessions
although i do walk 15 mins on my way back home and it does not seem to hurt much.
09-06-2009, 02:36 PM
09-10-2009, 01:21 AM
yeah, I "think" my diet cant get much better. Just started my PH cycle and going to lay off the cardio for a while. I dont eat any junk food and protein intake is around 300 grams/ day, my carbs are usually all very high in fiber and whole grains and all is low in the G.I., I like to time carb intake high in the am and taper off in the pm and my last meal or 2 does'nt have any carbs at all. No sugar or fats, just EFA's. My b.f.% is 12.4 and My bmi is 27.2, so I'll keep my eye on both! I just have little fat packs under the pecs. and my lower abdominals and it's f*cking pissing me off, just want it gone, been working on it for a while now and not gonna stop till I win!!!
09-10-2009, 06:20 AM
Aerobics stops and slows down muscle gains. If you wanna get big you must stop wasting your calories. If you wanna get lean burn your calories and eat less calories. If you wanna gain lean mass,(low muscle gains-low fat burn) combine those...
09-10-2009, 09:04 AM
Why do people still say that cardio is over-rated? It's the most important form of exercise for the body.
M.Ed. Ex Phys
09-10-2009, 09:27 AM
09-10-2009, 02:45 PM
09-10-2009, 03:23 PM
09-10-2009, 10:04 PM
09-10-2009, 10:58 PM
The best cardio for weight loss is High intensity interval training. that's where you sprint for a given time with recovery at a slower pace. I find that 45 second sprint intervals with a 45 second-1 min walk/jog in between works best (for 20 minutes). Usually I weight train then do cardio (after having a protein shake and chilling for a bit) By doing this, your body is already in fat burning mode because your glycogen stores are depleted. The protein shake aids in maintaining muscle, so your body will be more likely to use fat for energy. Don't eat any carbs until after your cardio though, because you don't want your body to use the carbs for energy. just protein. hope that helps...
09-11-2009, 12:41 AM
From my own experimentation, cardio does not kill my actual my muscle mass gains. In the past 3 and a half weeks I have been recomping at 218 down to 213, but I am pretty sure that I am up in lean mass. I do 4 moderate cardio sessions weekly post workout with my heart rate goal at 143 sustained. I eat 2800 calories 45% carbs, 35% protein, and 20% fats and train with a 5 day split.
My point is . . I don't think cardio tells your body to stop building muscle. In fact, after legs day I think it helps eliminate blood pooling and postively impacts nutrient delivery.
09-11-2009, 04:13 AM
09-11-2009, 04:16 AM
09-11-2009, 10:15 AM
09-11-2009, 10:19 AM
M.Ed. Ex Phys
09-11-2009, 10:45 AM
some say cardio is best done post workout because your metabolism is already revved up from the weight training. this amounts to not having to build up your heart rate over a long and steady state.
For me, the action IS the juice.
09-11-2009, 10:55 AM
09-11-2009, 06:21 PM
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