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what is the best combo of cardio/strength training?

This is exactly why I joined PT.
I've tried to figure this out for weeks online, but I was just doing searches...silly me. Should've remembered that Corporate America is not actually interested helping people, just shearing the fleece.
So, here's the Question:

should I incorporate cardio every day, and strength train occasionally?
should I strength train every day, and do cardio once in a while?
shoul I do both every day?
should I alternate, and if so, in what combinations?

Any help would be great, trying to find a simple answer surfing is impossible:)


Sat. Nov 3, 7:32pm

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You can do cardio every day, but should take a day off between weight training sessions to let your muscles repair. Some trainers will recommend that you take one day a week off of cardio too, but not all. And some people will do weight training every day, but break it up by doing upper body one day and lower the next, so still giving the muscles a chance to repair between sessions.

Personally, I do cardio almost every day and weights every other. I must admit that I "feel" like my metabolism stays up longer on weight training days.

Saturday, November 03, 2007, 8:45 PM

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I don't imagin there's ONE best, but there are general guidelines to minimize injury. And a lot depends upon what kinds of cardio you like to do. For some, daily running would be too much wear and tear, and I would be bored to tears doing cardio every day! I strength train on consecutive days 5 to 6 days a week, but I always alternate muscle groups so they get that day of rest the pp mentioned. For ideas, the ABs Diet book has some great workout schedules depending upon how many days a week you have to work out and it gives you the strength training and ab moves to do for each day. It also has plans for interval training on cardio machines - it's a great resource.

Saturday, November 03, 2007, 11:39 PM

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Hey, OP here. The main cardio exercise I'm trying to incorporate is rebounding(Trampoline). I'll probably alternate between that and my free weights day to day and see how that works. I think that cardio every day would bore me, and I probably wouldn't keep it up.

Sunday, November 04, 2007, 1:26 AM

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I do cardio 5 days a week and strength training every other day. I change up my cardio routines so that I don't get bored with it. Jogging/elliptical/kickboxing for cardio.

Sunday, November 04, 2007, 1:52 AM

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You can also get a cardio workout when you strength train, too!

Sunday, November 04, 2007, 7:49 AM

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i think cardio every day and stregthtraining every other/every 2 days would be good... for cardio ideas:(sicne that's the easiest to get bored with)

Running/Walking
Swimming
Trampoline
Pilates
Kickboxing
Taking a beginner's dance class (such as hip hop)
Carmen Elektra's Aerobic Striptease (lol so much fun)

etc etc. As for stregth training, I'd rotate, opper body, lower body, abs/hips/general midsection, Some women I know do upper body every other rotation, because they don't want 'masculine' arms.

Sunday, November 04, 2007, 8:30 PM

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OP again...Aerobic striptease!?!? Dooo Tell....

Sunday, November 04, 2007, 9:22 PM

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op here-Also, I'm kinda...how do you say...um...A man. So I kinda would like masculine arms.

Sunday, November 04, 2007, 9:23 PM

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8.30 here

Hahahaha I missed that XD sorrry!!

lol but you can strip tease too if you'd like lol. it's just a workout video she makes.

Monday, November 05, 2007, 12:37 PM

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He might get any extra high from doing the video than we would. lol
Ever watch the King of Queens where Carrie is horrible at her pole dancig class, but Doug rocks? Too funny.

Monday, November 05, 2007, 3:32 PM

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