Cardio and lifting on the same day

Cait_Sidhe
Cait_Sidhe Posts: 3,150 Member
What do you guys think of this?
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/504130-why-i-m-not-for-cardio-and-resistance-concurrently

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.

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  • 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)