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aerobics vs anaerobics
I would be glad if you could help me with the following:
When you do aerobics and weight training together, can you do both on the same day, and if so, how soon after one session can you do the other. In other words how much rest do you need after weights before you can do aerobics and visa versa. Also what is the frequency of each.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi John

You can do both on the same day, although whether you do this or not depends on what your goals from the training are. You must remember that weight training and cardio training have slightly conflicting goals, so by weight training you are probably aiming to build muscle, whereas by doing cardio (aerobics) you are aiming for fitness and weight loss. In that sense, it doesn't always pay to do both togeter, because there is a compromise between the two. However, I think that for someone aiming to improve their fitness at the same time as toning and getting some definition, then doing both on the same day is a reasonable idea. Often it is practical to do them on the same day, because you may only have a certain amount of time and number of days, and therefore have to compress training into a much shorter time period. What may work best is to do a couple days a week where you combine training and do both, and then on another few days, you do only one or the other. That would give you a good balance.

In terms of combining the two types of training - you can pretty easily do a weight session one day and the next do aerobics, although again, this will depend on how you respond to training. It would be very hard to do a tough weight session and the very next day try to do an intense aerobics class. This is probably too hard to handle, unless you are very experienced. The bottom line is that you need to learn to listen to the body, because that is what determines how you adjust the training - if your muscles are tired and sore, whether it's from aerobics or weight training, it's probably best to back off the training for a while, whereas if you feel strong, then go ahead and train as soon as you can.

Hope this helps
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