If you're planning to do cardio on the same day that you are weight training, it's only natural to wonder what's the most efficient order. You don't want to waste any time or effort, after all. So which should you do first: cardio or weights?

The truth is, there's no one answer. It all comes down to you.


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Cardio First

Person using a rowing machine

If you do cardio first, you're set to burn some serious calories. And if that's your main target, then go for it! Doing cardio before weights mean that you'll have more energy to put into it, and as a result, you'll get more out of it. The only difference is, you may well be tired when you're finished. This could make your weight training more difficult, and it's important to be mindful of your form.


Weights First

Person weight training in a Smith machine

If you're exercising in the hope of putting on some good muscle mass or toning up, then weight training is probably the better option to go for first. You'll have a fresher mindset for a great workout and your muscles will be raring to go, which will help with your performance.

Goals First

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what you want to do first, as long as you're doing what's best for you and your fitness journey. If you want to burn calories fast, try cardio first. If you're looking to build muscle, choose weights first. As long as you're doing work, you'll get results!


Before beginning any exercise or nutrition program, consult your physician, doctor or other professional. This is especially important for individuals over the age of 35 or persons with pre-existing health problems. Exercise.co.uk assumes no responsibility for personal injury or property damage sustained using our advice.

If you experience dizziness, nausea, chest pain, or any other abnormal symptoms, stop the workout at once and consult a physician or doctor immediately.