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12 Sep 2006

Run then weights or vice versa?
Hi all

Three days a week I do weight training. I prefer to do a pretty quick 15min run before I hit the weight session just to warm up and also to get my heart pumping.
Some guy at work says that running after doing weights is better. I've tried this a couple of times but find I'm not able to push myself as hard at either the weight session or on the run.

Which one is best? I'm not looking to bulk up; just stay lean and fit.

Thanks for the help.
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01 Jan 0001

HI Craig

If your goal is general fitness and just staying lean, then it really doesn't matter what order you do it in, and you are finding that practically, you have to do the run first. Therefore, the short answer is to run then do weights. There are instances where it is important - if someone is trying to build muscle, then you have to be careful about how much cardio is done, not necessarily when it is done, but more how much. The second occasion is if you are trying to improve your performances. What you are feeling is very interesting - imagine you were a long distance runner who wanted to get stronger for running. You cannot go out every day and run 3 hours, but you can get the same sort of effect by using weight training followed by running to fatigue the muscles and help your training. You are doing neither of these, so my advice is to use what works, and that means run then weights.

Good luck
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