Should You Do Cardio Before or After Weights?

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Start With Weightlifting for Strength Gains

If your goal is to increase strength gains or get a shredded look, you should start with weightlifting. When you weight lifts, your body uses glycogen as fuel. Having a full supply of glycogen allows you to lift heavier weights and increase your strength. Starting with cardio depletes your glycogen, impeding your strength gains.

When You Weight Lift, Your Body Uses Glycogen As Fuel (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Start With Cardio For an Endurance Event

On the other hand, say your goal is to train for an endurance event or to be able to run/bike/swim a certain amount of miles. You should start with that specific cardio training first. If you do strength training first, you will have less energy for your cardio after and may not see as many gains in your endurance. After that, you can do some weight lifting to supplement your cardio and strengthen those muscles that will make your cardio stronger. For example, runners often focus on core exercises so that they can improve their coordination, posture, and power.

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Combine Weightlifting and Cardio for Weight Loss

What if your main goal is weight loss? In that case, you may want to consider combining cardio and weightlifting into the same session. For example, you can actually burn the most calories by super-setting weightlifting exercises with cardio. Alternating between the two will make your cardio feel more intense and make you work harder to achieve your lifts. This is one of the fastest, most effective ways to lose weight.

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Choose Proper Footwear Before Lifting Weights

If you are just starting out, then make sure you choose a good pair of sneakers or other footwear for the type of exercise you do. Read each of these reviews for some recommendations on the features and benefits of different types of shoes. Then, select the best pair of shoes for cardio, and for lifting weights:



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