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Cardio and Recovery

Postby Canuck Singh » Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:06 pm

A recent study by researchers at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) has revealed that up to 24-hours recovery between cardio and resistance training exercise is needed for athletes to push their heaviest weights.

The purpose of this study was to determine if aerobic exercise affected performance during a subsequent strength-training session. Different time periods of recovery between the workouts were assessed. Sixteen male subjects participated in this study in which each subject performed a weight lifting workout 4, 8 or 24-hours after a high intensity aerobic exercise session.

Results showed that both the 4 and 8-hour rest intervals after cardio exercise were not long enough for the bodybuilders to recover and lift their heaviest weights. However, 24-hours recovery ensured that the bodybuilders were able to lift their best weights in the gym.

These results have important implications to bodybuilders. If you want to build maximum muscle mass in the shortest possible time, it appears that 24-hours recovery between weight lifting and cardio maybe the best strategy.

The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 17;4:638–644, 2003
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