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Should I Do Cardio & Strength Workouts Together or Separately?

author image Kaitlin Condon
Kaitlin Condon is a holistic health coach and certified physical fitness/wellness specialist. She is a contributing health writer for the teen magazine "Miabella," as well as several online publications.
Should I Do Cardio & Strength Workouts Together or Separately?
Combining your strength training and cardio workouts depends on the goals that you have for your fitness. Photo Credit Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images

When you are debating whether or not to do cardio and strength workouts together or separately the decision is really dependent of your fitness goals. If you are looking to build strength, then focusing on strength training exclusively is your best option. If you are wanting to improve your cardiovascular health along with building some muscle, then combining the two together would be an ideal way to accomplish that.

Benefits To Both On The Same Day

One of the biggest advantages to doing both your cardio and strength training workouts on the same day is that it is more time efficient. If you typically have a busy week then it might be best for you to combine both workouts into one session, that way you can spend less time at the gym. The other benefit is the boosted amount of fat and calories that you burn through combining both workouts. This is why circuit training is becoming so popular. By doing both cardio and strength training together you are keeping your heart rate elevated and your body torching calories while also strengthening and building muscle.

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Disadvantages Of Both On The Same Day

One of the main reasons that trainers suggest to strength train separately from cardio is because if you perform cardio exercise before your strength training session you may be too tired to perform your best during your strength training exercises. This may lead to compromised form or a disinterest in performing the rest of your workout, which can cause you to skip the strength training portion of your workout.

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