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It depends on what your fitness goals are.
“A recent study, aiming to determine whether the amount of recovery between a strength and an aerobic workout influenced the response to the training program, concluded that fitness coaches should avoid scheduling two contradictory qualities (like running and weightlifting, or swimming and powerlifting) with less than a six-hour recovery period between them if the goal is to obtain full adaptive responses to each workout. The researchers who performed this study also stated that daily training without a recovery period between sessions (or training twice a day) is not optimal for neuromuscular and aerobic improvements. So ideally, if you want to get stronger, you should separate your cardio and strength workouts by more than six hours.” (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/weights-vs-cardio-keep-them-separate-or-combine/)
<h2>”Should You Combine Weights and Cardio?</h2>
When you are trying to get or stay fit, it can help to do a combination of endurance and resistance training—but that is not always optimal for your fitness goals. And choosing which you should do first is often a matter of determining what those goals are. For example Lindsey, who kicked off this entire topic, whose goal is to run better, we know that she can combine her strength work with some short cardio without jeopardizing her performance, as long as she is getting dedicated run training done on her non-lifting days.
Choosing which you should do first is often a matter of determining what your goals are.
If your focus is not to burn fat but to build strength, stick to doing your resistance training as a separate workout. If you’re training for endurance, focus on a high-quality cardio workout that isn’t interrupted by strength training. If your focus is pure fat loss, then you should strongly consider combining your weight lifting and cardio in one workout.
But without splitting too many hairs, if you simply don’t have time to do a separate strength and a separate cardio workout, then just do it all in one big workout—I mean, come on. How many of us are actually hoping to compete in the Olympics after all? As we saw in the study on the inactive college females, no matter what order they did the workouts in, they all saw improvements in VO2max, strength, and lean body mass and for the most part, isn’t that what we are all hoping for?”