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Cardio: Before or After Weight Training?

Optimizing Your Workouts - Cardio Timing and Personalized Programs at Gold's Gym DC Metro

First time visitor? Welcome to the Gold's Gym DC Metro blog, your hub for fitness insights designed for the vibrant communities of Virginia, Maryland, and DC! 

Today, we'll tackle a common question: What is the optimal timing for cardio in relation to weight training? But before we dive into this workout dilemma, let's celebrate the unique fitness culture of our local communities and explore how Gold's Gym DC Metro can provide you with a tailored fitness experience.


Gold's Gym DC Metro is proud to serve the diverse and active communities of Virginia, Maryland, and DC. Beyond our cutting-edge facilities, we strive to cultivate a fitness community based on support, motivation, and shared goals. Whether you are pursuing fitness in Arlington, Rockville, or downtown DC, you're part of a fitness family dedicated to achieving greatness. 

Now, let us address a question that frequently arises in our gyms: Should you do cardio before or after weight training? 

When Should You Be Doing Cardio?

The debate on cardio timing has persisted in the fitness world, with valid arguments on both sides. The truth is, there is not a universal answer as the optimal timing depends on your individual fitness goals and preferences. 

"Strength training, when done with regular aerobic exercise, can also have a major effect on a person's mental and emotional health," - U.S. Center for Disease Control

Cardio Before Weight Training


  1. Increased heart rate and blood flow, priming your body for the workout ahead.  

  1. Enhanced calorie-burn throughout the entire session. 


  1. Potential fatigue impacting weight training performance.  

  1. Slight compromise on strength and power output.

Cardio After Weight Training


  1. Preserves energy for lifting heavier weights and focusing on strength.  

  1. Better concentration on muscle building. 

Points to Note

  1. Cardiovascular benefits may be slightly reduced compared to a pre-weight training session. 

Personalized Fitness Programs at Gold's Gym DC Metro   

As you navigate your fitness routine, consider taking the next step toward a personalized fitness program. Our experienced Personal Trainers at Gold's Gym DC Metro are ready to craft an individualized plan that aligns with your goals, preferences, and fitness level. Whether you're a beginner looking to start your fitness journey or an experienced enthusiast aiming for specific milestones, our trainers are here to guide you. 

Looking for professional guidance to help support you with your fitness goals? Chat with one of our expert trainers at a DC Metro location near you today!

Join us at Gold's Gym DC Metro, where your fitness journey becomes a celebration of local vibrancy and global inspiration. Explore the cardio timing that suits you best and stay tuned for more workout tips, community highlights, and fitness insights tailored for the dynamic landscape of Virginia, Maryland, and DC. Your fitness journey is our shared triumph! 


About Gold's Gym DC Metro Proudly serving 20+ locations Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, Gold's Gym DC Metro is committed to helping people achieve their potential through fitness. Experience state-of-the-art equipment, world class expert trainers, build community through our group exercise classes and experience change at any of our locations in the DMV. Locally owned and operated, Gold's Gym DC Metro is your ultimate neighborhood gym and fitness destination. 


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