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What comes first: cardio or weights?

What comes first: cardio or weights?

Timing your workouts for the best possible results.

What comes first: cardio or weights? It's a question we've all heard before. What's tricky about this question is that there is no right or wrong answer. What you decide to do first will depend on your individual goals and what you want to achieve.

If you are looking for weight loss or improved cardiovascular fitness, cardio exercise should come first. Why? Your body holds enough glycogen (serves as energy storage) to last about two hours of sustained, moderate intensity exercise. Once this glycogen is depleted, your body then turns to other sources such as fat to produce more energy. Most strength training sessions don't last this long or aren't intense enough (think about all the rest in between your strength sets) to deplete your stored glycogen stores. However, if you are looking to build muscular strength/endurance strength training should be performed first.

As mentioned, choosing to do cardio first or strength first will all depend on what your individual goals are. Contact your Fitness Specialist to determine an exercise regiment that best fits your needs.