Strength Training vs. Cardio

Jan 19, 2021

 by Blair Rockoff

Strength training and Cardio workouts seem to be on opposite ends of the exercise spectrum. Weight lifters often avoid cardio, while cardio junkies may rarely pick up a dumbbell. 


Ultimately the two don't have to be mutually exclusive, and a healthy dose of both in your routine can help you reach your goals and feel your best! Here's our guidance on when and how to use both strength training and cardio to your advantage: 


Which type of training should I do first during a workout? This all depends on your goal! If you're training for a race, do your cardio workout first. However, if you're training for your overall health, strength train first and add cardio to the end of your workout or on a separate day. That way you'll be energized and able to give your all during your strength workout.


I hate cardio - do I have to do it? While it's not 100% necessary to include cardio in your routine, it's a good idea to get your heart rate up a few times a week, even if it's just for a short time. If jogging on the treadmill is the last thing you want to do, try some intervals! Even 15 minutes of interval training is great for your cardiovascular health. 


My schedule is so busy - how can I get the most out of my workouts when I have limited time? Do some circuit training or supersets! Moving from one strength training exercise to another with minimal rest will get your heart rate elevated while you work those muscles. So you not only get the fat-burning benefits of resistance training, you're also sneaking some cardiovascular work into your workout. Win win!