Lift Before Cardio or Vice Versa?

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Today I have had several people ask me the same question. Should they lift before doing cardio or vice versa? I know for myself (and once again I am not an expert), that I always lift before I do any cardio. This does not include warming up. I typically warm up about 5 minutes on the elliptical before any workout. Here are a couple of reasons why that I feel lifting is more beneficial when done before cardio.

  1. Weight lifting doesn’t deplete your glycogen (muscle energy) as much as cardio will. This way you still have the energy needed to have a great cardio session.
  2. Cardio (especially running and HIIT training ) is very hard on your joints and muscles. Doing 30 – 45 mins of cardio breaks down your body. As I stated in my first point, you will have nothing left in your tank for lifting. More importantly, this can lead to injuries.


This has been my rule while I workout and has worked well for me. I can remember two summers ago, all I did was cardio. I was injured every other month. It wasn’t until I learned the benefits of weight lifting, along with when to lift, that I began feeling stronger than ever before.

That’s it for today, but as always, I am going to be better than the last time. Have a great day everyone!

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