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Manovsteel

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So I finished my pct about a week and half ago. I started Taking creatine during pct, to help keep strength up. I've been gaining a little weight off cycle and at the moment I'm training 4 days a week. I'd like to add a little cardio to help with some unwanted belly fat but not sure if I should do it before or after my weight training. I dont have enough time in my schedule to add more days in the gym.

What do you think?
Thanks in advance.
 

Big_Papa_B

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best time to do cardio is as soon as you wake when you body is in a fasted state...if that is not possible the next best time to do it is after you workout as the muscle will be depleted of glycogen so the body will go into its fat stores for energy. You should never do cardio before you workout....
 

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i think the people above have said exactly what i will repeat. but 1 more step.

i do fasted, as soon as i wake up. empty stomach.

BUT. I take ECA 30mins before workout as well.

i used to do the whole black coffe thing... didn't do a single thing for me...
i also tried them preworkouts - would just make me run to the washroom with all dem stimulants.
 

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If it's a choice between doing it at a "non-optimal" time vs. not doing it all, then don't sweat it too much and just do it whenever is convenient for you. If you're not stepping on stage and squeezing out that last bit of fat (which from your description is not the case), then it's going to make little difference when you do it. Just do it.

Too many people get caught up in the science of everything - when to do cardio, when to eat, what exact macros, how long rest between sets, etc. to the point that they end up doing nothing because the science overwhelms them.

This game is more art than science...and guess what? You're the artist!
 
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Motor City Smit

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I'd say morning fasted is ideal. The rule of thumb for doing cardio with your weights is do first whatever is most important to you. And if cardio is more important to you, go join a Crossfit board.
 

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Stairmaster of death fasted.

I feel like I'm shredding away gains whenever I do that though.
 

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If you have a physically demanding job does it make sense to skip cardio . ?

Raising a thread that died 6 years ago. Nice!

So without knowing what you do and what you consider “physically demanding” it’s a tough question to answer.
However, in order for an exercise to he considered “cardio” you must raise your both heart rate and breathing both by at least 50 percent and sustain it for the duration.
You may have a job that burns lots of calories, but “cardio” is an abbreviation for “cardiovascular” and if you’re going to run gear, your going to want to take very good care of your cardiovascular system.
 

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Raising a thread that died 6 years ago. Nice!

So without knowing what you do and what you consider “physically demanding” it’s a tough question to answer.
However, in order for an exercise to he considered “cardio” you must raise your both heart rate and breathing both by at least 50 percent and sustain it for the duration.
You may have a job that burns lots of calories, but “cardio” is an abbreviation for “cardiovascular” and if you’re going to run gear, your going to want to take very good care of your cardiovascular system.
Oh thank You . I didn’t know the thread was 6 years old lol . I pick up milk crates all day . I used to run around like crazy doing it cause I wanted to be the best and I was . Now I try to save it for the gym . The crates are 22k . The gear I run is micro dosing . I don’t use a lot at all .
 

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Oh thank You . I didn’t know the thread was 6 years old lol . I pick up milk crates all day . I used to run around like crazy doing it cause I wanted to be the best and I was . Now I try to save it for the gym . The crates are 22k . The gear I run is micro dosing . I don’t use a lot at all .
What is your heart rate while
Running around with milk crates? How long does it stay there? That should be your answer regarding cardio.
 

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In my opinion
You should wear a Fitbit / heart rate monitor
Whatever your normal heart rate is during work
When you are in the gym doing cardio you need to exceed that by 30-50% (within a safe reason of course)
 

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If you have a physically demanding job does it make sense to skip cardio . ?
It's kind of a vague question. Are you doing cardio to increase your deficit? Are you just doing it for heart health?
Keep in mind your job is your job, you have probably been at it for some time so your metabolism has adjusted to it and although it may be demanding , for you it's just another day and no extra load on the system. So if you would do the cardio if you had a desk job then do it now.
Our cardiovascular system and metabolism are efficient and will adapt to the loads we put on them relatively quick.
 

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Usually when I have the most energy. Upon waking up and after my coffee ☕
I have been doing the same thing the past week. I love it. Probably the new norm for me.
 
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