Landshark Corpus Christi Fitness Tips: Strength Train or Cardio First?
Chances are you have heard you should strength train first, then do cardio. Others will tell you to do cardio first then strength train. Which is correct? The answer depends on your goals both long-term or on a particular day. Research supports both sides.
If gaining strength is important to you, but also know you need to be heart healthy as well. Do weight training first, cardio second. In order for muscles to get stronger, they need to be worked to near“failure” or exhaustion ( with good form). Doing a moderate to hard cardio session before your strength training session may limit your ability to lift to your potential.
Improving cardiovascular endurance for general health or training for a long distance running or cycling event is your priority, but also know you need to lift weights, do your cardio session either before weights or do strength training as a “cross training day”. Glycogen is stored in your muscles and is used for long distance cardio events. Strength training depletes these stores so that it makes your cardio sessions more challenging.
If weight loss is your goal, then you want to burn as many calories as you can in each of your workout sessions. Doing cardio first gets your heart rate up (it will stay elevated during your strength training) and primes your muscles and joints for an awesome workout with a great calorie burn.