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Which Workout Should I Do First: Strength Training or Cardio Workout?

By LSE Health and ... - Posted on 22 January 2021

Which workout should I do first?
One of life's great mysteries! Have you ever headed to the gym with a double workout planned, both cardio and weight training then found yourself stuck.
Thinking; "Which should I do first, my cardio or strength training workout?
If you have ever found yourself in this dilemma, you're not alone. This is probably one the fitness industry's most common questions in the history of time!


I typically see members enter the gym warm up for 15-20 minutes and then hit the weights.


While there is nothing terribly wrong with this but brace yourself...


There is a better way!


If you guessed that it’s better to do weights first and then cardio, you guessed correctly.




When you do your strength workout first you are fresh, you’ll have more focus and therefore, better form than if you do a strenuous cardio workout first.


Your form with weight lifting and cardio is crucial— not only to get the best workout but also to get the best results from training.


Strength training is the base for your exercise program. When you are stronger your cardio workouts are more effective and powerful.


If you decide that you’ve always done cardio first and you want to continue— don’t worry, you can keep doing that. However, keep in mind that if you are tired from a cardio session, then decide to do weight lifting, your form is at risk.


The calorie burn is actually about the same, yet slightly higher if you choose to do cardiovascular exercise before your weight training workout.


Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments. 


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