Cardio After Weights

by Jeff Thaxton |   Date Released : 21 Jul 2007
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Jeff Thaxton

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Jeff Thaxton is a Certified Personal Trainer by the American Council on Exercise. He earned a BS degree in Exercise Science at Eastern Washington University in 2001 and has continuing education certifications in human movement, advanced program design, nutrition for special populations, counseling for health and fitness professionals, overcoming fitness plateaus and others. He is the owner of an in home personal training business called Fit for Life, and he has volunteer experience in physical therapy clinics and cardiopulmonary units.

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Magedera, Carl | 15 Jun 2010, 20:11 PM

Could you elaborate on this example you gave at the end:

"For example, if you lift upper body weight for cardio, do the bike or treadmill for cardio"

I thought you were talking about weight-cardio, not cardo-cardio routine?

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Thaxton, Jeff | 19 May 2009, 10:45 AM

Cardio exercise increases circulation and helps the body to get rid of the toxins that build up as lactic acid after doing weight lifting. This is done because, when there is increased circulation, the body can oxidize the toxic compounds more efficiently. This can help speed up recovery between weight lifting workouts. Many experts support this viewpoint. One is professional bodybuilder Lee Heyward.

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Marsteller, Michael | 09 May 2009, 08:18 AM

Hi, I was wondering if you can elaborate on a statement in the last paragraph:

Another benefit to performing cardio after lifting weights is that it can help rid the body of lactic acid, thus enabling the muscles to recover more quickly between workouts.

What do you mean by rid the body of lactic acid? Does science back this up? Thanks, Mike

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