Is it bad to do cardio and workouts same day?

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  1. Bergboy123

    Bergboy123 Semi-Pro

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  2. charliefedererer

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    Choose your priority - strength or cardio.

    Devote your main attention in that direction, and add in the other component as your degree of fatigue and amount of time allows.

    In another 4 to 6 weeks, you can change your priority to the component you have been "lagging" in.

    This is behind the concept of "periodization".


    You can not only vary your periods of exercise between being based more on strength or cardio, but even within your strength workouts, you can vary the reps and sets over time to
    meet specific goals:
    Complete, Annual Tennis Weight Training Program http://www.sport-fitness-advisor.com/tennis-weight-training.html


    Soon it will be summer. I don't know how tough your summer schedule will be. Perhaps you will be able complete a tougher training schedule:
    Power Tennis Training [Paperback] by Donald A. Chu

    "Power Tennis Training combines a variety of training methods specifically designed to increase tennis players' endurance, strengthen the muscles they use most often, and enhance their speed. These methods are integrated into 3 training blocks that each feature a mix of different workouts. Each block lasts 4 weeks, providing an easy-to-follow 3-month workout cycle that can be repeated again and again.

    Workouts in the first block focus on enhancing endurance and developing strength in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. In the next two blocks, workouts are designed to help players become faster and hit the ball harder by applying strength more effectively to their tennis strokes."
    - http://www.amazon.com/Power-Tennis-...6653879&sr=8-1&keywords=power+tennis+training
     
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  3. Bergboy123

    Bergboy123 Semi-Pro

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    Thanks CharlieFederer, you always have nice long and detailed answers, I appreciate it! That book looks really good!
     
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  4. benxten

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    Your goal is to lose fat and get in overall better shape. While training/working out is important to reaching these goals, an even more important aspect that most people tend to neglect/ignore/hate/don't really give a rat's arse is nutrition and diet. No matter how hard you train, if you don't have the proper nutrition (unless you are just genetically gifted) then you may not fully reach your goals. For example if you are trying to lose fat but have fats and sugars making up a high percentage of your total daily calories, cardio and working out is probably not going to cut it. Start documenting what you eat each day and figure out how much fats and sugars you consume for that day. You may be surprised. The first time I did it, I realized where all that belly fat was coming from. Here is a good starting point for tips on dieting: http://bodybuilding.about.com/od/nutritionbasics/a/bulkingupdiet_3.htm. It's a hassle but keeping a log of your daily macronutirent intake (protein, fats, carbs) works wonders.

    Cardio on workout days may not necessarily be bad. Pro bodybuilders such as Ronnie Coleman and Flex Wheeler actually do cardio on days they work out. However, you should assess what your goals are for doing cardio. Is it part of losing fat or is it more for increasing cardiovascular endurance, speed, etc.? The latter would require more rigorous training which will take more out of you, so doing cardio and working out on the same day depends on what your body can handle and what you want to prioritize. Good luck.
     
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