... So I am in a forever race for a lean body so that I can see my abs... But in this race I always have to choose whether I keep eating to gain muscle and keep increasing the weights I lift OR I diet (which I hate doing) and do cardio (which I hate doing). And, mostly I choose having a little extra fat but have muscles grow than being toned, and also because I have no belief I could ever get skinny enough to have abs defined... Last time I used an electronic bodyfat tester it showed I was around 10.3% bf. From what I know that made sense... I can see the outline of my top 4 abdominal muscles
but under that I have a very small bulge. So I'm not fat, but of course 10.3% as we know is above the at most 6% needed to have that "lean" look.
Anyways... I originally meant to just ask this question but the introduction was necessary I think. So, I go to the gym on average 4 days a week. Usually other things prevent me from going like the gym closing early on Friday, a salsa dance lesson on Wednesday and a totally not-doing-anything day on Saturday or Sunday... But, from those 4 days, I never do cardio, because that only gives me enough time to cover my major muscle groups... chest, back, arms, legs. Sometimes I get a chance to sneak some shoulder exercises
but most times I don't. I follow a Max-OT type of workout and keep it to a few main exercises each time.
So, here's the question. Should I sacrifice a day of weight training for cardio??
My answer to that is no. What I would rather do would be after doing my weight training do my Max-OT/HIIT cardio for like 10-15 minutes. I think I'd be able to live with that easier than giving up a whole day/muslce group per week. But, then, I know that it's never recommended to do cardio within the same 12-24 hours as weight training, so I'm not sure if I won't be losing the same effectiveness by doing cardio every day after the weights... Also though, I think that every day 10-15 minutes of HIIT cardio after my body's already warmed up and heart racing from weights will give me a lot more than doing it once a week, having to warm up, etc.
It seems like I just answered my question, but since my last bout of active membership I haven't really thought or concerned myself with new ideas in my fitness regimen, and now I'm thinking again
So, please share any ideas that you can!!