Let me tell you straight that I prefer doing cardio post workout. You may hear different opinions on the subject, but that’s how I do it. I have discovered that this give the best results for me. I’ve tried all possible ways and time periods to do cardio, but this is when I feel it works best.
Why? First of all if you decide to do cardio in the morning you may find out later on that you get very tired and sleepy during the second half of the day. If you try doing HIIT in the morning, then for sure your “batteries” will drop flat in the afternoon. However, right after training your heart rate is high and you have already depleted your glycogen stores, so it’s the perfect time to do cardio. I do both high and low intensity. Low intensity works better for me when done post-workout. It take much less time to enter the fat-burning zone, since the body is already depleted from glycogen and heart rate is pretty high, so the body starts using fatty acids as a main source of energy.
Post-workout I recommend anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes of low to medium intensity cardio. I generally do either incline treadmill or run at medium pace in the park right next to one of my LA7 gyms. In order to take a bigger advantage of the timing, make sure to take 2 grams of L-Carnitine before the workout and drink a cup of coffee. You can also add other useful supplements for fat burning, such as Yohimbine, Green Tea, Sesamin, Synephrine and CLA.
Another advice I can give you is to do cardio in rooms with enough oxygen. The better your body is supplied with oxygen, the better the fat burning process occurs. Last, but not least, make sure to eat 1-2 bananas and a protein shake after the workout and cardio in order to charge your glycogen depots and be ready to rock the gym the next day.
p.s. here is a tip to make your cardio more entertaining – download and watch an episode of your favorite TV series on your smart phone or tablet while doing cardio.
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