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    Question run before or after you lift?

    What is better...running 2 miles before you lift or running 2 miles after you lift? I lift 4 times a week and have been running immediately after.

    What are the pros and cons of running before and after?

    Is one definitely better?

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    Originally Posted by NickS524 View Post
    What is better...running 2 miles before you lift or running 2 miles after you lift? I lift 4 times a week and have been running immediately after.

    What are the pros and cons of running before and after?

    Is one definitely better?

    Thanks
    Goals are?

    Typically, do your cardio / running after weight training.

    Running before reduces your available glycogen, possibly diminishes energy levels and reduces the GH response to training.
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    They say its best to run after workouts, but if your like
    me where you workout late at night, then you have no choice but
    to run in the morning....
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    Originally Posted by TheFate View Post
    They say its best to run after workouts, but if your like
    me where you workout late at night, then you have no choice but
    to run in the morning....
    That's two different workouts right? That's fine. The OP is doing a combined session.
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    i run like 10 to 20 minutes before, then i do my weights.and i do it at night, since i don't have time in the morning.
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    its best to run after if you run before your burn alot of your natural eclotrolytes and other natural energy sources ur body produces...
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    So is it false that running after you lift burns off whatever you worked for before the run ??
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    Actually, I read something in the gym earlier that said you should do your lifting first then do your running afterwards. That way your body is already in a burning fat mood and it is better for you. Don't know how much difference it will make though.
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    Originally Posted by in10city View Post
    Goals are?
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    What are your goals?
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    There are studies coming out now that say that if you are looking to improve your strength gains and to build muscle then cardio should be done on totally seperate days alltogether. After strength/resistence training your goal should be first to become anabolic and to do that you need to start taking in aminos, protein, creatine, and quick carbs, so this takes out the idea of doing cardio after training. Doing cardio before your training will tire you out a bit even if you dont think it will. Either way it has definatly been shown to take away from recovery ability and takes away strength gains. If you must do both in the same day do them at least 8 hours apart to ensure you get some meals in you and that you have the energy for a workout thats gonna make you better.
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    At 2 miles, it shouldn't matter. Only reason not to do it before is if it wears you out and you can't lift your best. But, this is rarely the case. In professional exercise testing, the cardio work is done before the 1-RM tests. There really isn't a benefit to doing it after you lift. Technically, the whole thing about your body turning to fat more is true, but it doesn't matter in the end (calories are calories).

    Neither is definitely better than the other. Try both and see what you like.
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    Originally Posted by NickS524 View Post
    What is better...running 2 miles before you lift or running 2 miles after you lift? I lift 4 times a week and have been running immediately after.

    What are the pros and cons of running before and after?

    Is one definitely better?

    i usually do a quick5-10 minute cardio workout before just to get going but i would say do cardio after you workout

    Thanks
    maybe a 5 minute cardio before to get warmed up but other then that i would do cardio after
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    Do a cardio session with a time gap of 4 houres between ur weight workout so they dont interfere. do 5 - 10 min cardio before weight lifting to get warm.
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    right after weight lifting.
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    10 minutes of light cardio to warm-up before a workout is okay. For a hard run, you need to be doing that after your workout or on your rest day.
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