I’m a light weight body builder who has always done cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Did a 1/2 marathon last year and was very successful. Now going back to body building but I want to change my workouts. I would like to strength train 1st thing in the morning and do cardio later in the afternoon. Will I see the same success?
All thought-provoking responses. If you combine cardio and strength training, I suggest that you do cardio first, then strength exercises, since the target muscles and connective tissue will be warmed up. However ,as you suggest, strength in the morning and cardio later is certainly ok. Just be sure to do a warm-up set on the strength exercises to reduce the risk of injury.
Also, don’t forget stretching exercises following both cardio and strength workouts. In addition, allow at least a day of rest/week for recovery and repacking of muscle glycogen.