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    morning cardio and lifting

    would it be better to do cardio in the morning and then in the afternoon weight train???

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    As oppose to what??

    Yes this is a good idea.

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    would it be better for preserving muscle?

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    are you looking to get big or tone up? When I start to tone I do intense cardio first thing on an empty stomach, then I will lift later in the day after eating the right things. I also like to do cardio first thing because it sets the tone for the day - it seems to work well for me. If I am in a "gaining" phase the only cardio I do is after a workout and not very intense. it is very tough to both gain size and loose weight at the same time (at least from my experience)

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    im looking to preserve muscle while cutting bodyfat

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    Then low intensity cardio would be best. Get your heart rate between 130-150 bpm and keep it there for atleast 45 min. People like 1st thing in the morning because you are burning bf because you haven't eaten anything yet. + it gives your metabolism a good boost for the rest of the day. But you can really do your cardio anytime because it jump starts your metabolism for 24 to 48 hours. I just wouldn't do it right before a lift. Save all your energy for pushing weight. After is cool.

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    ok thanks

    ill do this then monday, wed, friday weight train and tues, thurs, and sat. morning cardio 40 min.

    would that be enought cardio?

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    Everyones body is different, but thats a good starting point. Do it for a few wekks and then gauge the results. If you wanna cut more faster up the cardio lengths or frequency.

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    I really like the "peak intensity" cardio routines for cutting... like increasing your jog rate every minute for five minutes then repeating. Example: fast walk, jog, run, fast run, sprint...repeat ( one minute each). I find that I can cut the duration from 45 minutes to 20 minutes and get the same results. Whatever your cardio, remember that diet is king...

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    thatdaveguy do you do this "peak intensity" cardio in the morning on an empty stomach or not?

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    Originally posted by thatdaveguy
    I really like the "peak intensity" cardio routines for cutting... like increasing your jog rate every minute for five minutes then repeating. Example: fast walk, jog, run, fast run, sprint...repeat ( one minute each). I find that I can cut the duration from 45 minutes to 20 minutes and get the same results. Whatever your cardio, remember that diet is king...

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    Would performing such intense cardio on an empty stomach cause the body to break down more muscle than fat? Could be wrong about this, anyone care to clarify?

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    I do it first thing on an empty stomach with only a fat burner and 2 glasses of water in me. Im sure it does break down more muscle that if you eat first but it really seems to help me cut down quickly and I have not personally noticed a bigger muscle loss this way. Id also like others to comment on their experiences!

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