On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m talking about if you should do cardio before or after resistance training for fat loss.
I also compare HIIT cardio vs steady state cardio and share my best tips when doing cardio to lose weight.
When it comes to fat loss and cardio workouts, there are two mistakes that I’ve been seeing at the gym.
So be honest.
Are you making these 2 common workout mistakes when doing cardio to lose weight?
Let’s find out.
Getting in the comfort zone of always doing low intensity steady state cardio workouts, a.k.a. LISS cardio.
LISS cardio simply means maintaining a heart rate at a steady continuous pace, over a long period of time.
This is usually accomplished by a fast walk on a treadmill or a slow jog.
Well seriously, whoever got amazing results by only staying in your comfort zone.
Since you’re doing the same cardio workout over and over again, research shows your body can adapt to the same repetitive stimulus after only 6-8 weeks.
Remember, when your body adapts, fat loss slows down and eventually stops.
Switch to high intensity interval training cardio workouts, a.k.a. HIIT cardio.
However, if you’re new to the gym and out of shape, feel free to start with low intensity steady state cardio workouts for no more than 6-8 weeks.
After 6-8 weeks, switch to HIIT for your cardio workouts and watch how rapid the fat burns off your body.
Switching to HIIT cardio workouts is as simple as increasing the…
…for approximately 30 seconds to raise your heart rate.
Then decrease the speed, resistance, or incline until your heart rate lowers back down to your low intensity training zone.
Depending on your fitness level, this could take approximately 60 seconds or more.
Switch up your cardio workouts and watch the fat burn off much quicker.
One of the questions I’m asked most frequently is should you do cardio before or after resistance training for fat loss.
Unfortunately a lot of people perform their cardio workout before their resistance training workout, i.e. lifting weights.
Here’s why you should do you resistance training workout before cardio.
When you lift weights, you empty your glycogen stores, which sets the body up for prime fat burning during your cardio workout.
Also, if you complete your cardio workout before your resistance training workout, you’re going to be weaker as your blood pH drops.
This will hinder your body’s ability to recruit your higher threshold muscle fibers, which are needed for a kick butt workout.
If you’re combining your cardio workouts and your resistance training workouts into one session:
Lift first. Cardio after.
In the comment section below, let me know what your favorite form of cardio is?
You probably already know this, but my favorite form of HIIT cardio workouts are from my Live Lean Sprint 2.0 HIIT cardio and LISS cardio program.
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