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Energy systems

07/31/2007

Question:

Recently I attended an exercise related workshop, we talked about our bodies different energy systems (fatty acid oxidation, anaerobic glycolysis and etc.) The instructor said that you should do your wieght training before a cardio workout- so that when you do your cardio, your body uses your fat storages quicker. Is this correct?

Answer:

Whether you do your weight training before or after your cardio workout is a personal preference and should depend on your exercise goal(s).  This instructor is mixing a little theory, a little science and trying to pass it off as fact. 

If your goal is to lose body fat, then you should focus on doing your cardio before weights.  A moderately intense session of cardio will burn many more calories, then an equally intense weight training session.   

If your goal is to put on muscle, then you should focus on doing your weights before cardio.  This will enable you to maximize your weight training workout and accomplish your goal.

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Response by:

Jayme   Johnson, MS Jayme Johnson, MS
Program Manager
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati