Cardiovascular Training For Fat Loss:

cardiovascular training

Fat loss

There are several ways to incorporate cardio into your fat loss regimen, depending on how much time you have available to you for your workouts.
The preferred method for working cardio and weights is to do completely separate cardio and weight training sessions. The maximizes your energy level for both so that they aren’t competing with each other for resources during a single session.

This improves performance during both types of workouts and improves the metabolic boost you get from training by increasing the frequency of exercise. You can do cardio in the morning and weights in the afternoon or vice versa – whichever feels better to you. For separate sessions, the order doesn’t matter.

If you don’t have time to separate your sessions, I recommend doing your cardio training AFTER your weights, not before.

Here’s why:

When you first begin to exercise, your body relies heavily on stored carbohydrates and blood sugar for energy. As you proress in your workout, that mix gradually changes to increased fat burning. You’re doing cardio to burn fat and weights to preserve and build muscle.

If you start with cardio, you decrease your blood sugar and glycogen levels, forcing your body to rely on fat to power your weight workouts. If you do weights first, you’re using a more efficient fuel. Then, when you do cardio, you’ll be dipping into fat stores much faster. This makes the process more efficient.

That being said, if you prefer to do your cardio first, you’re welcome to. The real keys to success are consistency and intensity. If, by doing cardio first, you’ll put more effort into both, do the cardio first.


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