5x5, Cardio, And Post Workout Shake
Quick question.... I just started the 5x5 routine and I am starting to do more cardio now to try to lose my pooch on my stomach.... My question is simple... After my 5x5 training I do 20 min of cardio, should I consume my post workout shake after the training but before the cardio or after I have done both the training and the cardio?
drink it after both. if these sessions are running over an hour combined (they shouldn't, but if they must for some reason), you might want to try ingesting BCAA's between training blocks. what exactly do you define as "cardio"? this can mean a lot of things, and depending on what you are actually doing, you may be hindering your goal to lose the pooch.
either "cardio" machine will work for you. i'd usually opt for a treadmill over a stationary bike (personal preference) but they will both work. in my opinion, in terms of increasing metabolism and shedding fat, i'd focus more on the intensity and frequency than the machine used. here's a generic approach for the treadmill. warm up. then perform sprint intervals for 30-45 minutes. one minute of high intensity running, followed by one minute of walking or very light jogging. alternate these every minute until you've finished the work out.
other things to think about when addressing abdominal fat- is it more in the front, in the umbilical region? or is it more in the love handles? the former is usually associated with high blood cortisol (ie, you have too much stress, be it physical, mental, environmental, etc)... the love handles are usually associated with insulin insensitivity (ie, you are in a prediabetic state, and you might be eating too many carbs). just something to think about