Should I do weights or cardio first?

I hear this question all the time, which is better, cardio first or weights? Let me break it down for you.

You should do cardio first if…

You have goals to improve your endurance. If you are trying to improve your cardiovascular system, you should absolutely do cardio first. You want to have the most energy for your cardio sessions, so do them when you are feeling fresh.

You should do weights first if…

You want to build lean muscle, lose weight, or increase strength. Pretty much any goal that has to do with more muscle will require you do complete your resistance training before cardio. Like I said above, you want to start with what your goals are. If increasing your lean muscle mass is involved in your goal then you need to have the most energy when you hit the weight room.

Why not do them at the same time?

If you have a mix of goals, as most people do, try circuit training. Circuit training is a type of resistance training that gets your heart rate up by keeping the rest time short and the exercises filled with variety. This type of workout will help you build muscle and burn more calories than a standard weight lifting session and 30 minutes of cardio. These are the kinds of workouts I give my MFit Members. Fast pace and super effective for both building muscle and burning fat. If you want to try circuit training, sign up for the MFit Membership free week to see if it’s for you!

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