Cardio Conundrum

Research answers the age-old question: Should you lift weights before or after cardio?

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It’s long been thought that weights come before cardio, but does the order really matter? Turns out it doesn’t, according to recent research at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. A group of nearly 200 subjects perform either supervised cardio immediately followed by strength training, or vice versa, 2-3 times per week for 24 weeks. While cardio before weights interfered with strength-training performance after a single training session—researchers found no difference in recovery times between the two groups after the 24-week period. Rather, both groups reaped the same benefits—increased physical prowess and muscle size, at about the same rate.

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