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40. If I'm doing both aerobic exercise and weight training, which one should be done first?




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This article is from the Fitness FAQ, by Jeff Gleixner (glex@cray.com) with numerous contributions by others.

40. If I'm doing both aerobic exercise and weight training, which one should be done first?

If you want to add muscle and lose FAT during the same workout
you should do the weight training first. Why? First of all
you'll have more energy, which usually results in a more productive
weight training workout. Second, there is a time span of about
60 minutes, after starting the workout, where Growth Hormone
levels are slightly higher than normal. You want to take advantage
of that by making the workout not last more than 60 minutes. Weight
training first may hamper the aerobic exercise because your tired,
but you raise your chances of building muscle, which will burn more
FAT in the long run. A better way would be to do them on different
days and allowing yourself adequate rest between weight training
sessions.

 

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