I'm currently following stronglift's advanced routine, which is a slight modification of Madcow's 5x5. This has me squatting 3x week, deadlifting once a week.
I'm wondering how anyone else following this type of full-body workout routine does cardio?
I suppose this is also a question at those following WBB's HCT as well, since that too is a full body workout.
I used to do P90X, and loved the CV training I got from doing the plyometrics program (wow, what a workout).
The problem now is that my legs take such a beating from the 3x week squatting that I can't handle the P90X plyometrics anymore, which is also very muscularly taxing on the legs (it involves a lot of squatting and jumping).
What do those of you who do a full-body routine do for cardio?
For me when I was doing the HCT-12 I would do a 20min HIIT session on an elliptical once a week (on off day). That was squatting and doing rack pulls twice a week,on the same day. I experimented with doing no cardio, but started getting winded on my deload weeks of 15 reps (pretty bad since its light), so I put it back in. I put on 33lbs in 51/2 months. I'll finish cutting in a couple weeks. It seems that a bit less than half was fat. Maybe I needed more cardio or less calories at a given time, but as for maintaining cardiovascular fitness the one 20min session seemed to work well.
Last edited by BallsWideDeep; 05-15-2011 at 12:10 PM.
I would do it after lifting on maybe 2 of the days to start off and add days if you feel it is needed.
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do it on your off days