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    Is 15-20mins of light-moderat cardio on rest days bad if in a toning period?

    I was wondering if any of you thought 15-20mins of light-moderat cardio on rest days bad if in a cutting period?

    I'm toning up & I was just wondering if this would interfear with recovery if done on rest days with no lifting of any kind?

    My current routine is 4 days a week hitting each body part once a week very intensely & hard. I do 15-20mins of light-moderate paced cardio after each lifting period.

    Do you think that if I did my cardio in the manner mentioned above would interfear with my body's capability to recover & cause me to be more tired every day? Or would it just help me with my cutting period? Thanks.

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    15-20 minutes of light cardio really won't do much for you except perhaps help you in a calorie deficit, which will help you lose weight
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    aztecwolf I do usually do light-moderate-heavy I change it up to surprise the body cardio which I find is good for burning fat. But my question was would what I'm doing interfear with my body's recovery from the lifting? I am in a cutting period so shouldn't I increase my amount of cardio along with my good diet? Or should I just do my cardio on training days & rest on off days from lifting?

    P-funk man you got a bad attitude. You didn't have to write that, it was unnecessary. But since you gave the suggestion, I think I will get his opinion since you don't have any useful information to add. This is a totally different thread & was uncalled for.

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    I would say that you will be fine doing light cardio on off days, depending on how many off days a week you have of course.

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    TaPo31 I have now 3 days off a week. So you don't think doing cardio from a moderate pace or so 6 days a week is too much?
    Do you think cardio only 4 times a week would be enough to cut up in a descent time period? Or should I do my 15-20mins of moderate cardio (treadmill) 5-6 days a week?

    I just don't want to burn myself out physically even though I'm not doing 30+mins of cardio. I would never do more than 20mins.

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    I personally don't feel that 5-6 days/week is too much given that you are on a good diet and getting adequate sleep. I am currently on a 4 days/week split with GoPro's P/RR/S routine and I do cardio on two of my off days in addition to 2-3 of my on days. I like to alternate between a HIIT training for 20-25 mins and 30-40 mins at a slower pace. I feel that this keeps my body guessing and it seems to be working fairly well so far.

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    TaPo31 30-40 mins? Dayamn dude. I've always been told whether it's a slow pace or a fast pace that more than 20mins of cardio a session even during cutting periods as any more cardio than that would start becoming catabolic. & what good are cuts if you don't have the muscle?

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    It's my opinion, and I certainly could be wrong, that as long as you are consuming glutamine and BCAAs or some whey protein prior to doing the cardio, you can avoid catabolism for upwards of 30-40 mins.

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    P-funk man you got a bad attitude. You didn't have to write that, it was unnecessary. But since you gave the suggestion, I think I will get his opinion since you don't have any useful information to add. This is a totally different thread & was uncalled for.
    LOL, relax man, I wasn't being serious. I just had to put that in there for comical reasons.


    To answer your question. Why light cardio?? If it is an off day then active rest is great. Go out, walk around, do some yard work, etc....but don't make it a point to go to the gym just to do "light cardio". IMO you are wasting your time. If you want to go and do cardio I recommend doing some sprints followed by some moderate intensity cardio.
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    sprints followed by some moderate intensity cardio.
    This is usually what I do on the treadmill. I do about 15-17mins, usually 5 or 6 15second sprints in that time along with 1-2mins at a time of jogging, followed by 1-2mins of heavy walking & then I start the cycle again with a sprint.

    But sometimes if I feel tired I will just do 20mins of heavy walking on the treadmill at a 3.5-4.0 speed on the treadmill. Which I find also does a good job of burning fat. This was the type of cardio I was wondering about doing on rest days or should I just rest?

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    TaPo31 Thanks for the info, but for me 30+mins is way too much.

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    I haven't had problems doing 30 minutes of cardio on two of my off days while still gaining mass. As long as I eat 30-45 minutes before the jog, and ready some oats and protein shakes for when I return, my gains don't seem to be hindered.
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    I guess, but with my new routine, I'll probably just do cardio on one of my days off & rest the others.

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    Originally posted by P-funk
    To answer your question. Why light cardio?? If it is an off day then active rest is great. Go out, walk around, do some yard work, etc....but don't make it a point to go to the gym just to do "light cardio". IMO you are wasting your time. If you want to go and do cardio I recommend doing some sprints followed by some moderate intensity cardio.
    I agree with this 100%, I like to take leisure walks.





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