Should I do cardio before weights?
You’re consistently putting in the hours at the gym but you’re not seeing the changes in your body.
You’ve stopped losing weight and your strength is actually decreasing…what’s going wrong?!
You’re missing something simple…you’re doing your cardio before your weights!
Fear not….you’re not alone!
The truth is you should be prioritising your weights and doing your cardio as an added bonus.
The nervous system is king…nothing goes down with your nervous system instigating it!
Performing cardio before lifting weights will fatigue your nervous system slightly which will reduce the amount of weight you can lift as well as increasing the risk of injury.
Do your heavy, explosive work first to ensure you’re performing at your best.
Most people lead a pretty hectic life and need to prioritise their gym activities and get a maximum amount of ‘bang for their buck’.
If your main goal is fat loss, lifting weights will burn more calories than steady state cardio (assuming you’re lifting enough weight!) and you’ll continue to burn more calories even after you’ve left the gym.
If you’re short on time, you’ll get more results from lifting weights than performing cardio.
Let’s face it, cardio can be pretty boring. If you’ve had a long day at the office and you need a bit of stimulation the last thing you want to be doing is sitting on a stationary bike for 20 minutes before you get to lift something heavy.
Heavy stuff first, cardio second!
We store carbohydrates in our muscles as glycogen…we need glycogen to lift weights…doing cardio will use up substantial amounts of glycogen and leave less energy available for the heavy stuff.
After a hard cardio session protein synthesis (potential for muscle growth) drops slightly, meaning your weights session done after your cardio will have less potential for muscle growth.
And there you have it! Barbells before treadmills!