The cardio then weights vs. weights then cardio debate is hotly debated. Recent research continues to examine the topic, but results have been a mixed bag—one study says loading order doesn’t matter in the long-term, while another says save aerobic training for after a lifting session.
But when it comes to shedding fat, the latter school of thought may give you a leg up.
“Cardio after weights is a safer bet than cardio before weights, not only for energy levels, but also for potentiating fat loss,” says Lee Boyce, C.P.T., owner of Boyce Training. “What’s more, a cardio workout that is interval-style will cut body fat, save time, and increase metabolic rate more effectively and efficiently than steady-state cardio will.”
Build muscle, get stronger, and burn fat all in a single day with this full-body combined cardio and weights workout from Boyce.
Perform these resistance exercises followed by a 15-minute interval cardio session within a single workout.
Use a set of dumbbells.
10 (EACH LEG)
Hold a set of dumbbells.
15 MIN. (ALTERNATING 1 MIN. OF WORK WITH 1 MIN. OF REST)
Use a treadmill.