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gator
01-24-2006, 10:10 PM
I'm going to be going on a cut soon and was wondering when is the best place to add cardio? I know diet is more important, and it's better to just do a 500 cal a day deficit and leave out cardio. However I play basketball a lot and am playing in a flag football league soon and since I'm on a cut this would be a good time for me to start getting in shape for those. The cardio I'm talking about is mainly going to include things like stadiums, which is pretty high intensity.When would be the best time do do the cardio? Hours after I workout,right after I work out, before, etc? Also you could explain why, that would be great too, I dont know much about cardio and how much it will effect muscle loss.

getfit
01-24-2006, 10:15 PM
how's your split like?

how often do you play basketball?

gator
01-24-2006, 10:41 PM
I will be going to a 3 day split on my cut, I will be doing WWB#1 eactly. I play basketball/football about 2 times a week.

getfit
01-24-2006, 10:55 PM
that cardio should be sufficient/basketball,football

gator
01-24-2006, 11:42 PM
well what I was saying was that I want to do some stadiums to get more into shape for basektball/football which I do play. Since I've gained 25lbs from my bulk I can definatly feel it affecting my preformace in terms of speed when playing sports. IF anyone could reread my first post and help me on this it would be great.

gator
01-25-2006, 11:50 AM
Anyone?

Calibur7
01-25-2006, 11:57 AM
take boxing or some martial art.


Kicking and punching for 20 minutes straight, I think is one of the hardest cardio exercises. Not to mention you also run in it, and stretch a lot, so you'll be way more flexible.

You also get more out it, like being able to beat up someone 1 year prior to, you would have been mopped all over the floor.

of course that is, if your into the whole not getting your ass kicked thing.

gator
01-25-2006, 12:55 PM
take boxing or some martial art.


Kicking and punching for 20 minutes straight, I think is one of the hardest cardio exercises. Not to mention you also run in it, and stretch a lot, so you'll be way more flexible.

You also get more out it, like being able to beat up someone 1 year prior to, you would have been mopped all over the floor.

of course that is, if your into the whole not getting your ass kicked thing.

All I have to say is wow!!! Did you even read my post???? I'm basically asking when is the best time to add cardio so you dont loose much muscle. I allready said I'm doing cardio related to enhancing sporting performance and you go and rant about kickboxing?

Built
01-25-2006, 01:00 PM
Gator, what are you wanting the cardio for - endurance conditioning, or caloric deficit?

gator
01-25-2006, 01:13 PM
Gator, what are you wanting the cardio for - endurance conditioning, or caloric deficit?

Endurance/speed, and it might end up serving as my caloric deficit during the cut. It's hard to train for endurance/speed on a bulk because it's sometimes hard to eat enough food, let alone more food that I would have to eat from burning all those cals on a bulk.

Built
01-25-2006, 01:23 PM
If it's for caloric deficit, do 20-45 mins of ss moderate intensity (brisk walk) in the AM empty and/or after lifting. You could also consider doing some HIIT on either a non-training day, or after a light-ish upper body day. When I do HIIT, I do it as 8 minutes of 30-second intervals (flat out sprint, fast incline walk) sandwiched between a few minutes of warmup and about 8-12 minutes of cooldown.

If it's for conditioning, feed it extra to ensure you don't go into a caloric deficit. I do long bike rides sometimes in the summer, and I just do these on cheat days so I make sure I've overeaten on those days (yes, even on a cut).

Does that help at all?

gator
01-25-2006, 02:01 PM
If it's for caloric deficit, do 20-45 mins of ss moderate intensity (brisk walk) in the AM empty and/or after lifting. You could also consider doing some HIIT on either a non-training day, or after a light-ish upper body day. When I do HIIT, I do it as 8 minutes of 30-second intervals (flat out sprint, fast incline walk) sandwiched between a few minutes of warmup and about 8-12 minutes of cooldown.

If it's for conditioning, feed it extra to ensure you don't go into a caloric deficit. I do long bike rides sometimes in the summer, and I just do these on cheat days so I make sure I've overeaten on those days (yes, even on a cut).

Does that help at all?

A little bit, however my cardio will most likely be high intensity as I can't build speed/endurance from things like a brisk walk. When you say after lifting, should I do it right afterwards, of a few hours afterwards, and why? Remember I dont want this cardio to affect muscle loss.

Built
01-25-2006, 02:30 PM
Caliber, where on EARTH do you get 7 PM from? LOL!

Gator, do HIIT on a non-lifting day and feed it like a lifting workout.