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If you do a car­dio work­out and re­sis­tance train­ing dur­ing the same ses­sion, it doesn’t mat­ter which you do first in terms of long-term benefits, sug­gests a small Finnish study re­cently in Medicine & Science in Sports & Ex­er­cise. It in­volved phys­i­cally ac­tive men, ages 18 to 40, who per­formed ei­ther a car­dio work­out fol­lowed im­me­di­ately by strength train­ing or vice versa, for 90 to 120 min­utes, two or three times a week, for 24 weeks. Though mus­cle gains were ini­tially less in the car­dio-first group (pre­sum­ably be­cause the mus­cles were more tired by the time weights were lifted), by the end of the study the two groups had sim­i­lar im­prove­ments in aer­o­bic ca­pac­ity, mus­cle mass, time to ex­haus­tion, blood choles­terol, and other bi­o­log­i­cal adap­ta­tions to ex­er­cise. Re­sults may vary, how­ever, depend­ing on what kind of work­outs you do and your per­sonal pref­er­ences. See what works best for you.

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