Anabolic Hormones Response Greatest When Strength Training Follows Endurance Training

Many people combine strength and endurance training to build muscle and cut fat. Which should you do first? A Portuguese study found that the anabolic hormone environment as measured by testosterone and IGF binding protein-3 was greatest when weight training followed endurance exercise. However, there are other considerations. Weight training increases arterial stiffness, which could cause long-term cardiovascular problems. Several studies have found that endurance training following weight training prevents arterial stiffness. At this time, people are advised to train the way they feel most comfortable. (Journal Strength Conditioning Research, 29: 74-79, 2015)

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