Let’s get into the training side of our 90 Days of Fitness Questions. This is another one I get a lot:
“Should I do my cardio before or after my strength training?“
Well, let’s start by defining what we’re talking about. Usually when I get this question people are defining “cardio” as long-duration, slow-to-moderate speed endurance work: Going for a run, bike, etc. They’re defining their “strength training” as a more traditional weight training session: Squatting, benching, etc.
For the record, those are not totally opposing activities. There are ways to develop strength WHILE improving one’s cardiovascular ability, which we do at Relentless, but for the sake of this discussion I’ll keep to those definitions to not muddy the waters too much.
When it comes to combining cardiovascular/endurance training with strength training, the common thought is often that if you do too much cardio you’ll lose all of your strength and muscle. We’ll actually get deeper into this in a later question, but the answer there is yes and no.