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Cardio immediatly after weight training

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 8:31 am
by KPj
I've seen a lot of people who will train with weights for 45 minutes to an hour, then do cardio for 15-20 minutes.

If your general aim is increasing strength and size, what effect would 15-20 minutes of cardio have on your main goal, if you did this straight after lifting...?

Thanks

KP

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 8:47 am
by TimD
With the stated goals being strength and size, I'd say that it would not be optimal, but it really depends on the intensity. Say, you were to do it for 10-15 mins, low intensity, it would serve as a nice cool down and probably wouldn't have an adverse effect.
Tim

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:02 am
by KPj
Hi, thanks for the reply. Just one more question,

Would it be at all effective if you were also trying to shed fat?

Thanks

KP

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:39 am
by TimD
I think , as I described above, that it might be somewhat effective, but certainly not as much as a HIIT or regular longer session on a different day, or separated from the main weight workout on the same day.
Tim

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 10:07 am
by Guest
Thanks again for the info.

KP

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 10:22 am
by TimD
KP, just a side note. If you're stated goals (as you stated above) are strength and size, I wouldn't focus on shedding fat. Keep an eye out for gaining too much fat, you bet, but don't concentrate on it, and cardio is good for keeping the heart healthy while gaining size and strength, but again, don't go overboard. Gaining size and shedding fat are opposing goals. Keep an eye on one while working on the other. Different tools are required for different jobs.
Tim

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 12:10 pm
by KPj
Thanks Tim. I understand what your saying. My goal is strength and size but I have noticed an increase in fat, which is obviously down to diet. It's nothing extreme at all but I would like to tackle it in the early stages by cleaning up the diet and adding cardio...

I have been on a bulking mission for a while now so I was going to change my routine with more of an aim to maintain what I currently have plus, add cardio. I plan to start with some endurance cardio, then move onto some HIIT, or may just start on the HIIT right away... still brainstorming..

I feel that obviously if I hit the nail on the head with the diet plus increase cardio then I will lose the fat, however, I also have a feeling that a temporary change in focus will do my main goal - strength and size - the world of good.

Thanks again

KP