There are many theories about what type of exercises to do first, strength training or cardio. Do I get on the treadmill first or head for the dumbbells?
It depends on what your emphasis is your for workout. If you want more of a cardio workout, start with your run, walk, stars, or elliptical. Then head over to the weights for a few exercises. If strength training is your emphasis, start there, and end with about 20 minutes of cardio.
The reason behind the order is that at the beginning of your workout, your body engages the appropriate muscles for each type of exercise. Your slow-twitch fibers will exhaust on your cardio and will need to rebuild and repair after.
Going into an intense strength training routine, needing to utilize fast-twitch fibers, could delay repair. Delaying repair could lead to injury when switching to a different type of exercise immediately after. Our muscles are susceptible to injury when exercises are done with poor form or muscle cramping.
Make sure to avoid injury with these tips:
- Plan your workout before your start. What is your emphasis?
- Stay well hydrated and fueled for your workout.
- Take time to warm-up and cool-down.
Stay on track with a fitness plan.