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    I like to do a little running as well everytime I go the gym. Not much at all but just to get a little extra activity in the day I wonder though, should I do it before or after lifting weights? I'd say it's better to do it after because if you do it before you don't have all energy left to lift heavy. But I also hear that 'cardio' after lifting stunts the recovery of the muscles. Oh and doesn't running release growth hormone in which case it'd be better to run before lifting (please don't tell me this is too much science just 'cause I'm 14). Or would it be better to start my workout with compound exercises to release growth hormone?

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    If you are looking to increase your strength, then do it after your weights. It will cause a depletion of energy if you do cardio before weights. I would suggest only light cardio after weight training. If you want to run, I'd do so on your non-weight training days. Personal opinion. Not a trainer.
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    Yea, I'd say either some slow cardio afterwards or a quick intense session like tabata.
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    my husband does after and has for years. usually it's a short run. he was a distance runner before getting into weights, btu he'll still run a 5k race now and again for fun.

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    I think that if you still have the energy to run after lifting, you need to lift heavier. I can barely make it up the stairs out of my basement after lifting. You can try doing circuit lifting to get your heart going.

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    i don't think either one will matter too much, but i would prefer after if it's a longer run. depending on your fitness level, a light mile or two warm up run might actually make your lifting session a lot better. anything longer than that though would probably best be done after.

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    I think it is a personal preference. I like to run a quick 2 miles before I lift to get my blood flowing and warm up. There are some who argue against cardio and weight training in the same day but it appears that there is no detrimental effect.
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    I thought you were closing your account???

    Gadsie, start a journal and then you won't need to start new threads all the time, and people who do want to follow you will find it easier, and those who don't will find it easier to ignore and won't keep flaming you. One thread will mean everything you say won't be forgotten five minutes later. It would actually be quite a useful resource to have some teenage-orientated stuff, so you would be helping others rather than just bothering them less.

    "Gadfly the Teenage Caveman" or something, in the Primal Journals section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billp View Post
    I thought you were closing your account???
    I couldn't do it. Literally

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    I agree with billp - start a journal.

    As for cardio + weightlifting ... well, I've gained muscle at an apparently impossible rate during the past 7-8 months. And I'm just a middle-aged female.

    My typical workout 3-4 times a week is about 10 mins of yoga, followed by 30-45 mins strength/weight training, followed by 40-90 mins low-level cardio with some sprints thrown in at intervals. I also walk a fair bit at weekends, weather permitting.

    Regarding post-workout feeds, I advise you to eat plenty of starch and a good whack of protein. That's the time to feast. Dairy is very anabolic and rich in micronutrients (I'm talking cheese, milk and yoghurt here), so if you can tolerate it, then don't cut it out. Look to maximise your insulin spikes post-workout.
    F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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