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Should You Do Cardio or Weightlifting First? What 20 Studies Say

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Should You Do Cardio or Weightlifting First? What 20 Studies Say

If you want to know what whether cardio or weightlifting should come first in your workouts and why, then you want to listen to this podcast.

You’ve just stepped into the gym.

Should you hit the weights or do your cardio first?

Some people say that you should start with cardio because it’s a great whole-body warmup, and it’s easier and more enjoyable before an intense lifting session than after.

Others say you should do your weightlifting first because you need all the energy you can muster for it if you want to gain muscle and strength as quickly as possible.

Others still say it doesn’t really matter either way so you should do whatever works best for you.

Who’s right?

Well, here’s the short answer:

If you want to maximize muscle and strength gains, you should do your weightlifting before your cardio.

And in this podcast, you’re going to learn exactly why.

We’re going to discuss how cardio generally affects strength and muscle gain, the pros and cons of doing cardio before or after weightlifting, when to do your cardio workouts to get all of the benefits of cardio with none of the downsides, and more.

Let’s get started.

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23524363

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/128681

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25259468

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20847704

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2375555/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24728927

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19387377

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4490154/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28783467

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0026049500909636

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28783467

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27351384

http://journals.lww.com/acsm-msse/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2014&issue=09000&article=00011&type=abstract

http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2000&issue=02000&article=00002&type=abstract

http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2008&issue=07000&article=00002&type=abstract

http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/39/8/555

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28783467

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25546450

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5592291/

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