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advice for order of workout

i was told once by a personal trainer that it is better to do your strength training at the beginning of your workout because you'll get more out of it. I personally prefer to do my cardio first and then do my lifting, and i was wondering if that means i truly am getting less benefits from it?

also, along those same lines, when the heart rate monitor on the elliptical goes above the "weight loss" range into the "cardio" range, am i losing less weight than if i kept my heart rate lower? please also keep in mind that because i am out of shape i am trying to do some heart training to strengthen my endurance and overall health. what should i do?

any advice is greatly appreciated!

Wed. Oct 4, 3:05pm

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here's a link to an earlier discussion on this subject...


Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 3:10 PM

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thanks for the link! it definitely answered my question!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 4:25 PM

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get a heart rate monitor- don't trust the elliptical one. Machines are routinely out by 15% on those stupid metallic grips.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 7:21 PM

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I would suggest doing your weight training first because you have all of your strength. After you do your weight training, you are still burning lots of calories. Then you hop on and do some cardio, you are a calorie burning machine!

I have been training for the past 5 yrs, and at first, I did my cardio first then weight training. I found to have progressed and seen more changes for the past couple of years doing weights then cardio.

Also, when I do lower body workouts, I do my cardio at a completely different time because, after I do my intense leg workout, they feel like Jello.

I usually do my cardio in the morning then my leg workout later in the day (or at night)

Hope that this helps you out!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 10:55 PM

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