Discussion in 'Fitness & Nutrition' started by deznutz, May 11, 2005.
I just stretch
on leg days I sometimes hit the stationary bike for 5-10 minutes
no, should I?
I usually do at least 6 minutes on an elliptical or something
not if you want maximum performance on your lifts
5-10 minute warmup is not the same as an all out 30 minute cardio
Same here and 20mins of cardio after so my legs don't hurt so bad the next day
Should I do heavy cardio and lifting on different days?
I would. If you cant, id do the lifting first and then do cardio
i play ball first for like 20-30 minutes, usually about half the time
Yes...don't really know whether it makes a difference or not but I do it anyway Sometimes just skipping rope not full out cardio though
I understand that, but it's been shown that both warm-up cardio and stretching before a workout actually decrease strength. Ask anyone that knows what they're talking about - they will tell you to warming up with light sets is the best way. Granted, for most people on this board, the difference will be minimal.
If I feel like a sore piece of shit I'll warm up then do some stretching, otherwise I just loosen my joints and start with a little lower weight for only a few reps as to not lose too much strength.
no, I do a 20- 25min cardio warm up
If I want to go for 30min of cardio for that day I'll do 20min jog, go lift and then jog the other 10min at the end of lifting depending on how I'm feeling.
on straight cardio days, which are usually Thursdays( kickboxing/abs at the end/stretching) last an hour.
Usually Ill do a bit of stretching before I lift, and after about 20 minutes of Cardio. On days where I solely do Cardio its 40 minutes straight.
Well, none of the weight training courses I took in college informed me that a warmup would decrease strength, and I haven't ever read anything of the sort. That, plus the fact that I personally lift heavier if I get a warmup first lead me to believe that you're full of shit.
static stretching will decrease strength, but dynamic stretching helps get blood flowing to the areas with no decrease in strength
I've found for me tthat 5 minutes at a brisk walk on the treadmill to get the blood flowing and then some dynamic stretching and a light warmup set work best
Sorry, should have specified that I was talking about static stretching.
Illmatix - You are free to believe whatever you want about me, I really couldn't give a flying fuck. I, along with many other people, have found that I'm stronger and have a better workout doing warmups that are applicable to the exercise I'm actually doing. For example, light cardio doesn't allow me to work on benching form with submaximal weight. It also doesn't get my body used to heavy weight like progressively loading the bar does. If you are going to expend energy to warm up, why not expend it doing something that directly correlates to the exercise you're going to be doing? I've seen debates on both sides of the issue by highly respected people, and personally have found that this way to be superior... just as you have found your way is.
BTW - It doesn't mean shit that you didn't hear it in college courses. College professors, just like other people, are often wrong.
not unless its bitter cold outside in the middle of winter.
I like to do about 10 min of walking on a treadmill on leg day.
i do 10 minutes of cardio AFTER my workout 3x a week
Stretch/Pushups/situps/crunches... force of habit I suppose... Gym classes and karate classes will do that to you I suppose.