Confused over what to do first? You’re not alone. Even experts differ, with some saying cardio should be first because it warms your body up before weights. Others say weight training is more efficient when your body is fresh. So which camp is right?
Well, neither. Or both. Studies show there are benefits whichever way round you chose to do it. The deciding factor depends on your personal fitness goals and preferences and how you can schedule your workout.
Whichever order you choose, the important thing is to exercise 3 or 4 times a week. You really can’t go wrong from there.
Finish your weights - end on legs then go for a run .
I do whatever makes me feel good, which is lots of movement first (cardio) first, then staying relatively still doing resistance exercises (weights). it just feels wrong the other way.
If you looking to build muscle then you do weights first. If you do cardio first you burn and use all the glucose in your body up. How ever weights doesn't have that effect. Nothing wrong with a warm up but not a cardio session.
I love doing cardio first, and anything else would just feel plain wrong. It hasn't done me any harm so far!
I really don't think it makes that much difference. Sure, in lab tests they might detect tiny differences but really does it matter that much? It makes working out more complicated than it needs to be and might put some people off.
even at my very amateur level, I've paid the penalty for doing arm exercises without warming up first and getting blood pumping. So cardio first for me.
Aerobic capacity is my focus so I like to give my all to some outdoor sprinting, alternating with the gym for weight training.
I have dedicated focus days for different parts of my body when it comes to weights (leg day / arm day etc) but I try to fit in a bit of cardio every day. A three-hour gap would be difficult to manage but I do occasionally give interval training a go.