“The honest truth is, your best practice schedule depends on your goals,” said Matthew Scarfo, CPT, a personal trainer who specializes in residential training at Lift Value. “If you’re really interested in building muscle or strength, it’s best to share your energy and cardiovascular exercises on different days, as you want your body to focus on building muscle after each workout,” he says. “Dividing energy and cardio will help your body use all its available resources, such as rest and fuel, to build muscle, which is a priority for many people.”
On the other hand, “mixing strength and cardio together can help you lose weight at a faster rate,” Scarfo said.
HIIT workouts like this video typically combine strength and cardio exercises for maximum efficiency and energy output:
Of course, lifestyle is important and sometimes indicates what you are able to do. “If you only have three days to workout based on your school or work schedule, it’s perfectly fine to combine your workouts so you get the best impact for your time,” Scarfo said. This is especially true if you simply want to maintain your strength and weight. Just keep in mind that with both styles of exercise, working consistently actually makes all the difference.
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