Do I have to do cardio if I want to gain muscles? When and why to do cardio? Alica HEVEROVA will explain!
Lots of people do cardio before their weight training, lots do it after, and some even do it right in the middle. Besides the question when to schedule a cardio workout, you should ask how often and much of it to do. Well, I think everybody should be doing it at least a few times a week. Why? Even if your only goal in life is to be huge, and you're terrified of burning calories, you still should be doing some form of aerobic exercise. There are so many reasons to do cardio, besides just burning calories—a stronger heart and lungs will equate to a stronger body, a bigger pump, and greater fitness overall! Of course, the biggest problem for most people isn't figuring out why to do cardio, but figuring out when to do it!
Some people wake early in the morning, just to do their cardio session, then do their weightlifting workout later in the day. This is great for those who have time for double-shift in the gym. In many cases like this one, people who do cardio in the morning usually don’t eat before it. If their primary goal is fat loss, that could seem like a good thing, as the body burns off calories before taking any in.
However, the body will start feeding off muscle instead of fat, which is not that great idea. My advice is to drink at least one scoop of BCAA or a small protein shake before heading to the gym.
Some people like to do their cardio right before their weight training. If you only have one hour a day to hit the gym, this seems pretty reasonable. But if your goal is to see big increases in your strength you'll be disappointed. You’d be probably tired from that cardio session and wouldn’t have enough strength to do full weight training session.
You want to maintain your lean muscles or even to build new ones? You want to be healthy and do some cardio to feel good and pretty? The best time to do some cardio with only a limited time for a gym visit is right after your weight training. You can do 40 minutes of weight training, followed by 20 minutes of cardio, with your energy levels remaining relatively strong.
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