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Should you do your cardio on the same days you weight train or on different days?
If you do it on the same day as your weight training should it be before or after the weight lifting session? I prefer doing cardio and weight training three days a week on alternate days, this gives me rest days from the weights. Does it give me the best results or should I combine them?
This is a tricky one but each individual must tread carefully. The general recommendation if you are not an athlete is that you do exactly as you are doing, working out on alternate days to attack various muscles and give them time to recover. However, anyone can do 2 or 3 a-days as long as they are not pushing themselves into dangerous territory.
You should make sure you've gotten checked out by a physician before combining 2 or more a-days and then make sure that you're working with a true fitness professional with a college education related to the human body, physical fitness, etc., not someone with a quickie internet/mail course to get a certification. True fitness pro's can be expensive but at the very least get just 2 - 5 sessions to make sure you've got the proper form, understand your limits, get sample workouts, etc.
I figure skate and on some days combine all three, skating, cardio and strength training/weight lifting. Other days I may spend a lot more time skating and stretching. No matter what I do I prefer to space my efforts out over the entire day so that I work out multiple times. However, I've seen some other athletes who prefer to do strength training/weight lifting and then cardio, sometimes immediately after.
I just don't think that would be a good thing for me personally because I'm not a kid anymore, I have a life and it's easier for me to schedule 2 or 3 workouts separately. Sometimes it's pretty time consuming but I have to say I do feel great and skate well and remain injury free. I say all this to say that you have to do what works for you, invest some money and effort and you will find what makes you feel great.
Thank you, I have trained a lot in my life and was up to contest condition at one point, I am curious about getting older and if their have been any new advancements that say it is better to train certain ways now.
HIIT is probably a good option for you. Because I don't know your goals/needs, fitness level, health, etc., you should see a local, true fitness pro (after seeing your Dr.) who has the experience and knowledge to see & guide you in person.
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