Should you lift weights before cardio or after?
Typically most peoples instinct is to do TONS of cardio and avoid weights all together cause they dont want any of those annoying unsightly muscle thingies (because we all know they grow overnight after 1 set of curls).
The reality is strength training is what builds the muscles while burning the most calories.
So if you’re out of carbs by the time you get to your cardio, you’ll burn through fat.
The easiest way to think of it is like this (See elaborate diagram below)
STEP 1. BREAK DOWN THE FAT WITH WEIGHTS
(PICKAXE NOT RECOMMENDED TO ACTUALLY BREAK DOWN FAT)
STEP 2. SHED OF THE FAT WITH CARDIO AFTER WEIGHTS
(FAT WILL MELT RIGHT OFF, SO BRING A TOWEL OR BUCKET)
There’s many who believe it doesn’t matter which one do first as long as you exercise, which if that works for you is fine.
Another theory is to mix it up between the two switching the order of which you do first.
The bottom line that I can’t stress enough in maintaining a health & fitness lifestyle is figure out WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU & YOUR GOALS.