19 Pieces of Workout Advice That Should Die Immediately

To make your lifts safer and more effective, don't listen to these common but misguided coaching cues.

"The best time to do cardio is right after you lift"

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It's a common sight in many gyms.

As soon as people finish their lift, they head directly to the treadmill for 30 or 40 minutes of cardio.

In theory, it makes sense: while strength training movements largely target the anaerobic energy systems, endurance exercise largely target the aerobic energy systems.

Performing both in the same workout seems like a recipe for ultra-efficient training.

However, recent research has found that performing cardio immediately after strength training significantly impairs muscle gain. This is a classic case where working harder is not working smarter.

The takeaway: if you want to see big gains from your strength training, the last thing you should do is hop on a treadmill for a cardio session immediately after you finish pumping iron.

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