The answer to the question if you should do cardio or weights first is actually a very simple answer. This is (or was as of recent) a huge debate within the fitness industry, when in reality it shouldn’t be a debate at all. So per usual here at MidwestFit we are here to squash the bs!
The answer to this is that there is no answer set in stone. It is 100% dependent upon what the individual in training is putting the main focus of the workout that day on. Obviously put them through a warm up that will elevate their heart rate, increase blood flow to all major muscle groups, and to simulate lighter exercises they will be focusing on that day. THEN for you to prescribe the workout properly, you should understand what the individual’s goals are overall and for that training day specifically. They should have the highest amount of energy available to use on the exercises that match their goals for THAT DAY. So if the individual’s main focus is to increase their cardiorespiratory performance, then you should have them first perform the cardio section of the workout. If their focus is based upon weight training or strengthening of a major set of muscle groups, then you want them to have all their potential stored energy and power to focus on the weight training. Common sense….you want the highest potential energy yield to be used on the training aspects you want to see the most improvement on….anything else that isn’t as important, use what energy your body has left.
So there you have it! Very simple advice for a very simple question. If you ever have any questions related to health, fitness, rehab, and exercise, do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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