Should You Do Cardio Prior To Weight Training?


Summary

There are many questions in the fitness world which cause much confusion. If you were to ask ten fitness instructors for tips on how to lose weight, it’s likely you’d get several very conflicting answers. Today’s question in focus is this – should you do cardio before or after weights?


There are many questions in the fitness world which cause much confusion. If you were to ask ten fitness instructors for tips on how to lose weight, it’s likely you’d get several very conflicting answers. Today’s question in focus is this – should you do cardio before or after weights?

Today you are going to find out the factual answer to this question.

The video today will explain whether you should do cardio before or after weights in the gym.

If you were to ask most experienced gym users for their opinion on this matter, you would probably be overwhelmed with the conflicting information in many people’s views on the subject. You would also be shocked that despite the fact someone may look good, it appears they may merely be training instinctively and without any real knowledge of why they are doing things a certain way. Most people believe that doing cardio after weighs is superior as it allows you to hit the weights while your energy is peaking.

This is a theory which stands up nicely when you say it out loud, but loses credibility when you look at the facts scientifically.

When there is conclusive scientific evidence on a subject available, you have no reason to follow myths or train with a trial and error approach. During cardiovascular exercise and resistance training, the human body increases the release of two very significant enzymes which can make or break your results to a certain degree. The first of those is m-TOR, which we will be looking at first.

The more gym savvy readers here will notice this word from many protein supplements on the market. That’s because this enzyme is thought to be responsible for switching on the body’s muscle building recovery process following a gym workout. It is released in a spike which can last for up to six hours and, naturally, you want to enjoy the maximum benefit from this spike if your goal is to build more lean muscle tissue.

The enzyme released during cardiovascular activity, on the other hand, is known as AMPK.

Ready for the controversial bit? AMPK release kills m-TOR dead in it’s tracks!

So by jumping on a treadmill after your weights workout and doing half an hour of cardio exercise, you are actually causing your body to release a spike of AMPK and shut down much of the increased m-TOR you caused by working hard on the iron in the first place.

Also, a study from northern California looked into the theory that pre workout cardiovascular activity would zap strength from the muscles. What they discovered was quite shocking. Like we said earlier, theories do not always play out the way you expect them to. Subjects noticed that pre workout cardio only had a negative impact on the muscles which were used during the cardio itself, for example if the cardio was legs based then leg exercises would be impacted, but every upper body move remained just as powerful. Combine this with the fact that pre workout cardio also allows you to get the full benefits of increased m-TOR levels and you can see why pre workout cardiovascular exercise is scientifically recommended as the way to go here.

Learning how to lose weight can be a confusing path, with many conflicting opinions often causing confusion along the way. The next time somebody asks should you do cardio before or after weights, you can help the with the latest scientific research rather than gym myths.

Your writer: Russ Howe PTI is a well recognized south shields personal trainer featured on fitness tv. Read his complete guide on the effects of doing cardio before or after weights for a complete guide to this subject.