Should I Do Cardio First or Weight Training First?At Total Fitness, we get questions every day from our clients around fitness. The good news is that our experience and certifications allows us to answer some of the difficult fitness questions that you may not be able to figure out on your own. One common question that our staff receives is whether one should do cardio first or weight training first during a workout. At Total Fitness, we feel that you should do weight training first before tackling your cardio regimen. We’d like to take the time to elaborate on our reasoning behind this for our clients.

More Reps Before Cardio

Research has found that individuals engaging in a workout regimen do less weight training reps if they have already gone through a cardio routine. It’s no surprise to many people that individuals exert a lot of energy during a cardio exercise. Your heart rate speeds up and sweat beats off your body during a cardio exercise. This causes fatigue and has a direct impact on your weight training endurance. The same study found that those individuals that tackled weight training first before cardio were able to do more weight lifting reps.

Lack of Form

When cardio is completed before weight training, the fatigue that you experience from the cardio workout will most likely cause your weight lifting form to weaken. Form is extremely important to ensure that you are getting the most out of each repetition. This is another key reason why doing your weight training before you tackle cardio is a good decision.

Personalize Your Workout

Cardio and weight training are both great exercise options for individuals of all ages and sizes. At Total Fitness, we are not saying that you have to follow our recommendation when it comes to the rotation of your exercises. Our recommendation is to tackle weight training before cardio, however your exercise regimen is up to you and can be personalized to your needs. The important thing is that you are commiting to exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

So, if you are trying to maximize your workout, our team at Total Fitness recommends doing weight training first and then cardio exercises. This will help you increase your weight training reps and ensure that you have proper form with each exercise. If you’d like to sit down with one of our exercise specialists and learn more about the benefits of weight training and cardio exercise, give our staff a call today at (763) 237-3245 or email

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