Weight Training Before Cardio
For years, I went to the treadmill immediately when I walked into the gym. I always thought that I had to do my cardio first in order to “warm-up” my body. Well guess what??? I was wrong!! So I want to explain why the order of your workout is important. Doing weight training before cardio is best if your goal is to burn fat. And here is why:
We all know that combining weight training with cardio is the optimum plan for burning fat. (see my past post on the benefits of weight training). In order to get through our workouts, we must have energy. Glycogen is responsible for providing our bodies with energy. This energy comes from carbs/sugars. Glycogen is composed of glucose molecules that are stored for later use (everyday activity). So when you begin your workout with weight training, you have stored carbs/sugars to power you through your lifting and allow better muscle contractions.
So if you start with weight training, you are burning off most of the stored carbs in the beginning. That way, your body is forced to turn to the stored fat for fuel when you finally get to your cardio session. Also, weight lifting doesn’t deplete your glycogen stores as bad as it does in cardio workouts (depending on how intense you go). So you will still have some of your glycogen stores left, allowing you to get in a good cardio workout.
We are all culprits of putting things off. “I am going to start dieting on Monday”…while eating a cheeseburger and fries Sunday. We put things off. Instead, you should start reaching for your goals RIGHT NOW! Why take a step backward when you are trying to move forward? It is time to stop putting things off. I challenge you to this: 6 days a week of weights && then cardio for the month of October. I usually do a 5 minute stationary bike warm-up just to get my blood flowin’. But save your main cardio for the end. After we all do this for the month of October, I am interested to see what everyones results are (weight loss, fat loss, mood changes, energy levels, etc). So the challenge starts now… Who is in???