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Cardio: Timing? Intensity?


#1

Hey yall just wanting some feed back and help on cardio times and intensity.

Is it advisable to do some cardio straight after a work out?
Or should i do it ist thing in the morning?

My goal is to lose some wieght while maintaining strength.

I am currently working out west side so i strength is pretty good i dont wana lose any of it while i cut down, any help T-Nation brothers and sisters?


#2

I am a fan of eating after a w/o so I reserve cardio for morning and maybe an afternoon ride or stroll.

Honestly It is when ever you can drag your butt to do that BORING shit. I do find that the AM semi fasted cardio will shed ZBF pretty quick and helps wake me up etc without sapping strenght to bad over the long haul.

Just my 2cc,

Phill


#3

Some say gentle cardio post workout is good because during your workout the level of fatty acids in your blood rises. If you do gentle cardio afterwards (eg walking), this uses up the fat rather than it being redeposited in your fat cells. Not sure if this is accurate, just reporting what I've read.


#4

This is not accurate, though the logic does seem to make a little sense. If you lifted hard and with any significant volume, the fatty acids released (the small amount that is) will be used primarily for meeting increased energy needs you've created by lifting. Remember that caloric expenditure doesn't end when you put the weight back on the rack.

Your best method (to the original poster) is to use High Intensity Interval training (basically a bunch of sprints) on days seperate, or at least 5 hours removed from, lifting. Say, lift MWF in a maintainance program while doing sprints (or calisthenic complexes, something of the sort) T/Th/Sat

The exact number of days and intensity levels/volume will depend on a lot of personal factors - pay attention to what your body is telling you and get your diet in order and you'll do well.

-Dan