Cardio and lifting on the same day

Cait_Sidhe Posts: 3,150 Member
What do you guys think of this?

Basically it's saying that when you do cardio and lifting on the same day, your body fights for resources and they sort of cancel each other out.

Before NROL4W, I was doing cardio (running, elliptical, bicycling) for ~ 35 minutes, then I'd move onto using the weight machines for ~ 1 hour 5 days a week. This might sort of explain why I wasn't seeing any progress.

Since I started NROL4W, I've been kind of taking a break from cardio. I do plan on getting back into running on my non-lifting days.

I'm in Stage 1 (finishing out my 2nd week) now. But I read ahead and future workouts have you doing HIIT training right after lifting, and that would seem to contradict the above discussion.


  • meshashesha2012
    meshashesha2012 Posts: 8,326 Member
    i dunno. this is my second time doing the program, but the first time i'm doing it while activey trying to lose weight (and therefore eating at a deficit)

    i do 30-45 minutes of cardio on my lifting days and 45-60 minutes of cardio on my non lifting days. most of those cardio sessions are HIIT (anaerobic and aerobic) and did the last time i did the program. i gained lots of muscle and strength the first time. this time i'm gaining strength but not building muscle (which is what i wanted).

    i find that for me cardio hasnt been detrimental. i make progress by increasing the weights or the variation with each workout. i dont wait until a weight becomes easy to go up, if i can complete all the reps with a certain rep then that's my cue to do more the next session.

    personally i think the cardio thing is just based on your general conditioning and what you're body is used to. if you arent used to lifting heavy, then yeah at first it's a lot for your body to get used to doing, but as you get conditioned to doing it then adding in some cardio shouldnt be a problem. and that's probably why they have people add in HIIT once they get to stage 3 (or is it 2)