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    Disadvantages and advantages of cardio POST workout!

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    Is it ok to do cardio for 40 mins immeadiately after a 45 minute weights session. obviosuly keeping it 65%ish of heart rate...

    Can people tell me if there are dis or advantages of doing so. thanks
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    Originally Posted by golddigger1 View Post
    Hello

    Is it ok to do cardio for 40 mins immeadiately after a 45 minute weights session. obviosuly keeping it 65%ish of heart rate...

    Can people tell me if there are dis or advantages of doing so. thanks
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    Originally Posted by theapexxxx View Post
    People believe doing cardio after a workout makes you burn more fat because you've used up most of your stored carbs during the weight lifting. Unfortunately this isn't completely true. Most people have more than enough carbs to last more than 1 workout duration, and secondly, in the end, you only really have to worry about carbs in vs. carbs out. So by the end of the day you will have the exact same deficit no matter when you do your cardio.

    Another issue with cardio after a workout is you are usually depriving your muscles of protein for a longer period of time because your pushing back your post-workout meal. This could be catabolic. There is also some evidence that Cortisol levels rise after a certain amount of time (yes, I brought cortisol into this lol), although its levels can be concidered neglegible.

    What I would suggest is not worrying about what time of day you do the cardio, just as long as you do the cardio. Although I would also recommend putting it a few hours away from your weight lifting workout. Or even split it. Do 20 mins right after the weights (will help with healing) and then do the other 40 mins in the morning when you wake up or at any other time of day.
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    thanks for replies,.

    so i think im gona go with a low intensity cardio for 20mins after workout but thats it...

    i do the weights around 5.30pm finish by arond 6.30pm (includes 20mins cardio) then i have pwo drink followed within the hour by meal at 7.30pm.

    would it be too much on the body to do 30mins steady state cardio at 8.30pm ??

    thanks
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    Originally Posted by golddigger1 View Post
    thanks for replies,.

    so i think im gona go with a low intensity cardio for 20mins after workout but thats it...

    i do the weights around 5.30pm finish by arond 6.30pm (includes 20mins cardio) then i have pwo drink followed within the hour by meal at 7.30pm.

    would it be too much on the body to do 30mins steady state cardio at 8.30pm ??

    thanks
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    Originally Posted by golddigger1 View Post
    Hello

    Is it ok to do cardio for 40 mins immeadiately after a 45 minute weights session. obviosuly keeping it 65%ish of heart rate...

    Can people tell me if there are dis or advantages of doing so. thanks
    Advantages: greater calorie burn as your metabolism is in high gear from your weight session

    Disadvantages: cardio will seem long and boring because you're tired. If you're working at 65% I wouldn't worry about muscle loss.

    It seems like every month there is a new study that contradicts another. There are so many different theories out there it's hard to know which are the valid and relevant ones and which aren't. As was already mentioned, I wouldn't give too much concern to when you do your cardio (just not right before weights as you won't be as strong). I typically do my cardio first thing in the morning and do my weights in the evenings.
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    brill - repped

    finally, when i finished this cardio at that time of the evening i would normally be having some egg whites or casein powder before bed. do i now need to add some fast carbs to this to get the protein to the muscles??

    i just want to add that im cutting and do weights monday and thursday. And cardio tues, wednes, friday and sunday with saturday off. Now you know this could you tell me if you think im doing to much cardio if i was to do it on workout days aswell..

    thanks again
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