Concurrent training: Mixing Cardio and weights
How do you mix cardio and weights? What kind should I be doing? Will I lose all my gains if I break a sweat on the bike? The answers are key for all of us…
First off, YES, you can make gains while using both cardio and weights. You’re a human (presumably), and humans are designed for mixed activities. How do you make the most of it? 3 simple tips…
- If you’re a strength enthusiast, you need to put most of your recovery towards good weight training and keep endurance as a secondary. On the contrary, endurance athletes need to use strength as a tool to better health and endurance. Your goals push the balance in one direction or the other.
- Pick the right kind of cardio for your goals. If you want to run a marathon, you should probably be going for a lot of running. On the other hand, a bodybuilding enthusiast should focus on intervals with low-impact exercise.
- Don’t push them both at once. You can only recover from so much – you’ll need to progress your strength and cardio workouts separately. Don’t be surprised if you see reduced gains on one type of exercise while the other is pushing forwards. That’s just how your body works.
Mixing cardio and weights is totally possible – it’s the best approach for most people – but you need to keep your eyes on the prize. Prioritise what matters most to you and let THAT dictate your training.
They’ve got unique benefits and doing both at once brings about a complete fitness profile you can be proud of.