Should You Do Cardio When Building Lean Muscle? You’d Be Surprised….
Do you do cardio?
So many ladies love to workout with weights and get a good pump but sometimes they stop do cardio when trying to build muscle. But they should not.
Pro women’s physique models have shown that cardio is necessary for getting lean and toned muscle, I’m gonna explain to you more reasons why they do cardio and even better, I’ll show you why you need cardio with your weight training for the most aesthetic physique ever!
Why & How Physique Models Do Cardio
Pro women’s physique models primarily use cardio exercise as a means to increase their caloric burn for the day (cardiovascular training has COUNTLESS other health benefits, but we will touch on those benefits in another article). Most women’s physique models use low-intensity steady state cardio (LISS cardio), depending on which lady it is, they do it either post or pre-weight training.
I myself prefer my cardio after weight-training. The use of LISS cardio enables you to burn off lots of calories while not being too strenuous on your body and central nervous system, and so it won’t be hampering your recovery.
For getting toned and maintaining muscle it’s important for you to use low-intensity steady state cardio, I definitely feel high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has it’s place but you will definitely burn off more muscle with that style of cardio. I also like to workout on an empty stomach so HIIT would be like throwing my muscle into a furnace for me, lol. It’s important to know your exact goals when choosing the perfect kind of cardio.
It would be very hard for someone to complete their HITT cardio workouts for fat loss AND go through a grueling weight-training session in the same day without your performance suffering in one way or the other, it’s just too much to handle on a consistent basis.
You need to keep your body healthy and injury-free. If you get injured and get injured in the gym then your workouts will suffer greatly or you may need to stay out of the gym for a long time. If you’re anything like me, that’s a nightmare scenario.
That’s why I feel it’s smarter to perform low to moderate intensity cardio sessions on weight-training days. Sure you could separate your workouts and do them hours apart from each other but my life is too busy for 2 gym sessions a day, I don’t know about you. And you still will not have a full tank for your second workout if you TRULY trained hard enough to change your body in your first workout of the day. So, my recommendation to perform cardio pre or post weight training.
Whether you choose to do your cardio pre or post weight-training is a personal preference of course. Keep in mind, your main goal is to crush the weights in the gym. If your performance suffers from you cardio then it would be wise to do it post workout.
High-Intensity-Interval Training On Days You Don’t Weight Train
I do like HIIT cardio on days I don’t lift, it definitely has some advantages.
Running at 6 MPH will obviously burn off more calories than running at 3 mph. So I don’t deny the benefits of HIIT at all, I just use it as a tool when needed. Use the right tool for the right job and you are ahead of the game!
High-intensity cardio stresses both the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. The anaerobic is also the energy system is that is stressed during weight training. Putting an excessive amount of stress on the central nervous system and hampering recovery is shooting yourself in the foot, so we need to avoid stressing the CNS.
Believe me, not sleeping well because your CNS is fried hurts your gains and makes you miserable. I’ve done it MANY times and learned my lesson the hard way. And honestly I rarely ever see women’s physique models do cardio with such crazy intensity.
So just be sure to stay balanced in your activities to allow for proper recovery.
Do Women’s Physique Models Do Cardio? Sure, But…
So, do women’s physique models do cardio? The answer is a big YES.
Whether you are trying to gain muscle or lose fat, cardio should always be done. The exact amount you need to do will change by your specific goals, your fitness level, your post cardio nutrition and ability to recover. But as women looing to make serious changes to our physiques weight training is our primary concern. You do not need to do too much intense cardio and in the process impair your healing from your weight-training sessions. That would be counterproductive.