Cardio First Or Second?

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on July 30, 2018 - 2:50pm

Growing up there was always a debate as to which should be done first, weights or cardio?

Of course, every side had its pundits. You should always do cardio first because that will make you more cut, always do weights first because that will help you develop more mass, never do cardio, never lift heavy...I'm sure you've heard it all.

The answer to the question is one of either two things: It doesn't matter which comes first or it depends on what you want to do.

In the example from the paragraph above, the standard was always weight loss and body composition. In that regards, the answer, in case you were wondering, is that it doesn't matter since weight loss and getting 'ripped' is more about diet than exercise anyway.

Now when it comes to learning a new skill, the answer could be much different.

A research team from McGill University discovered that a getting as little as 15 minutes of exercise after trying to learn a new motor skill has increased the retention of the learning of that skill.

So what does this mean? Maybe nothing just yet, but it could have vast implications to rehab, and your ability to learn new skills.

It means that if you're learning a new skill in your gym like squatting, mobility movements, snatch, clean, muscle up, etc. you should stick around and do at least 15 of activity after you've practiced.

It's also related to chiropractic in a sense because 'priming' the nerve system is involved.

Here Is What We Covered

  • A review of the study and what it could mean.
  • How you can start to apply this to your own fitness program. Little hinges swing big doors so you won't have to change anything drastically.
  • A general review of sound training principles to help you make sure you're covering the basics.

Stuff From This Episode

15-minutes of exercise creates optimal brain state for mastering new motor skills

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