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Best Time For Cardio


#1

Hello Everyone,

When is the best time for cardio? I'm a college student and I usually lift weights mid morning around 10am and would like to mix in some cardio as well. When would be the best time for that? If I could have it my way, I would go back to the gym around 4:30 or 5:00 for the cardio work. How does this sound? Thanks


#2

sometime between 12:00 am and 11:59pm.


#3

I do my cardio before my workouts (and before dinner) around 5:30 PM. It has worked for me!


#4

Sounds fine. Get it in when you can.


#5

Depends what your goals are; if you're a fat ass; then in the morning on an empty stomach. If you are Anrnold then never.

So the answer is; how longs a piece of string?


#6

I'm a college linebacker so I'm not a fatass haha...but thanks for the advice everyone.


#7

still doesn't matter. While there may be a very slight advantage to that, it's not going to matter in the grand scheme of things.


#8

If you're lifting in the morning and planning to do cardio in the afternoon you may want to consider swapping the times. i.e. Cardio in the morning and lifting later.

A few reasons:
(1) Greater chance of getting injured lifting in the morning -- from this website
(2) Greater muscle gains lifting later in the day -- from this website
(3) Read 100 Workouts to Getting Lean articles posted today. Recommends light morning cardio
(4) Easier to do cardio if you haven't eaten for a while--more likely to get cramps running than lifting. Depends what time you eat lunch but if you're done around 1 or 2 may only have a couple hours to digest. Not good.


#9

Why does a linebacker need or want to do cardio????????

TNT


#10

for what reasons? Also, do you have that article handy, I'd be interested in hearing the reasons.

I think "stupidity" is the reason for injuries in the weight room, not the time of day, lol.


#11

Why not?


#12

Check out the back doctor's info from Test Fest.
? If you can, avoid early morning weight training. The chance of injury is higher.
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=911299


#13

some time between now and never ... i have a strong propensity towards the latter

Dan


#14

because linebackers don't run for 5 mins at a time or longer. It would suit his position much better to do interval work of short duration and repeating (matching the game)


#15

This is also a big part of our training...as is swimming


#16

is Anthony Roberts your coach?


#17

We do all of this on our own. We're a D-III program that isn't allowed to have spring practice to help keep a strict academic enviornment. We have a lifting / running program but I always go the "extra mile".


#18

As a linebacker, you'd be better off doing short, explosive sprints with a short rest in between. Tire flipping would be very applicable to your position. Sled dragging, farmers walks, sandbag carries, log lifts, car push.
Use swimming for your recovery days.

If a linebacker has to run more than 20 yards on a play, somebody on the line fucked up.

TNT


#19

I agree 100% ... I appreciate all of the responses.

As for the swimming and longer cardio - those things are done on our "off" days where we also do some type of calf/trap work as part of an "active rest" program. Although we workout about 6 days a week consistently.