Cardio, Weights? OR Weights, Cardio? That is the question.

Everyone has a different explanation for why they think doing one first is better than the other. Let me say that there is no one size fits all answer. Different bodies respond in different ways. It really depends on your goals. But, according to new studies, separating them may not produce the best results regardless of order.

Once again interval training seems to have produced the greatest results. Alternating cardio and weights repeatedly in your workout is my suggestion for the way to go. Not only does it produce results, it is usually done in a shorter amount of time than if you do cardio and weights separately. No more excuses on not having enough time to get an effective workout.

Example: If you have access to a treadmill and free weights-

treadmill – 5 min warm up

weights- lunge and biceps curl (10- 15 reps each side.)

treadmill- brisk walk/jog for 3 mins (you can do 30 sec sprints if you are able)

weights- lunge triceps kick backs (10- 15 reps each side.)

treadmill- faster walk/jog for 2 mins (you can do 30 sec sprints if you are able)

weights- push ups into back rows (10- 15 reps)

treadmill- brisk walk/jog for 3 mins (you can do 30 sec sprints if you are able)

weights- chest flies with triceps overhead extension on ball or bench or floor (10- 15 reps each side.)

Treadmill cool down 3 mins

Abs – leg drops.

***Please comment if you would like me to explain any exercises and I can send you a description.

Be Well.

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About janabnana

MS in Exercise Science. Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor.
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