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    Question Finding balance: cardio and weights

    I love weight lifting, and i also love daily cardio. I am trying to find a balance so as to not spend hours at the gym while still leaving feeling satisfied. Anyone else struggle with this?

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    Try adding some outdoor stuff that incorporates the two...pushing a sled, tire flipping, farmer carries, etc.
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    I guess you need to be clear about what you want from exercise. You say you love both of them - well then that can only be your choice how much of each you do. If you are driven by a particular goal - say body recomposition - then you will have to make weight training your priority. If you want to win marathons, then weight training will have to take a back seat in a major way.

    For example, I target general strength and body composition - so I only do weight training. The heavy lower body stuff gives me a decent amount of CV conditioning, I'm not going to be an endurance athlete but I am healthier and fitter than most average couch potatos.

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    https://www.strongerbyscience.com/pr...g-and-lifting/
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    Yes, struggling with the same thing. I've been an enthusiast cyclist for the last 3 to 4 years. Riding 5,000-6,000 miles a year. Starting lifting weights, and really like it, specifically the improvements in body composition. I was already on the thin side, but now have even less body fat, and just look better, especially the upper body. MEaning, I've added a little muscle, but definitely more definition.

    It is a juggling act to find adequate time to do both. But, I'm thinking it ends up like this. In general, work out 5 days a week, 2 rest days. Breaking the year down into 2 seasons. Summer is for cycling, and winter for lifting. During the summer, it's ride the bike 3 days a week, lift 2 days a week. During the winter, it switches, lift 3 days a week, and ride 2 days a week. Of course, it could go to 4 day/1 days a week during "peak" seasons, or depending on what I feel like.

    I think part of it is trying to understand what you want out of it. Are the body composition improvements from lifting, worth the potential loss of "peak" conditioning from cycling less? Honestly still struggling with that.
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