You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Every week, the BuiltLean Team addresses your fitness and nutrition questions. Read on to find out more.
- Should I Do Interval Training Before Weights?
- What are the nutrition facts of the Healthy Mac And Cheese?
- Will sprint training help me improve my 1.5 mile time?
- Would any exercise cause an “afterburn effect” in a fairly overweight or out-of-shape individual?
- What is the ideal waist to hip ratio?
Question #1 – Should I Do Interval Training Before Weights?
- I recently read the guide and was just wondering, should I be doing the interval training after the strength training work out, or doing them on separate days?
- Also, I read it’s 3 times a week.. is it cool if I did it more than that?
Thanks! – Ali
Doing interval training before or after strength training workouts all depends on what your primary goal is, along with how much rest you need. If your main focus is conditioning, then doing interval training right after strength training is fine. If your main objective is to build muscle and gain strength, you should strength train first to prevent the fatigue from the interval training that may interfere with the muscle building process. Here is an article that goes into further detail: Should I Do Cardio Before, Or After Weights?
In regards to question 2, I recommend having at least a day in between both interval training and strength training workouts, especially if they are done on the same day to make sure your muscles and body in general has recovered from the previous workout.
– Kwesi (Kwesi Peters, CPT, Community Manager)
Question #2 – What are the nutrition facts of the Healthy Mac And Cheese?
Sounds great, but what about the nutrition facts of this in comparison to “traditional” Mac n Cheese?
Thanks – Eric
In this case, the nutrition comparison is pretty remarkable (as you can imagine since you are swapping a high-carb starchy pasta for a vegetable!)… Assuming that this recipe will provide between 6 & 8 servings, the nutrition facts per serving would look something like this:
Fat: 1 g
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 4 g
Take 1 serving of a popular original macaroni & cheese (Kraft) and per prepared serving you end up with:
Carbs: 49 g
Fat: 19 g
Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 9 g
Need I say more?! =)
– Jessica Zack ( Jessica Zack, Nutrition Contributor, HHC)
Question #3 – Will sprint training help me improve my 1.5 mile time?
– Kristin (Kristin Rooke, CSCS, CPT)
Question #4 – Would any exercise cause an “afterburn effect” in a fairly overweight or out-of-shape individual?
A couple of questions, one, if you are fairly overweight or in bad shape, won’t any exercise cause some amount of after burn effect? Basically, walking and jogging for a very sedentary person could be considered “high intensity” for their body, and cause a similar afterburn to what a fit person would feel after sprints or high intensity cardio.
I’ve noticed if I have a long layoff of weight training, the first few weeks back I’ll feel a fair amount of muscle fatigue for days after training. An example is after squats, the next day I’ll feel somewhat winded climbing the stairs. Is that a sign of afterburn? Are my muscles still working to replenish an oxygen deficiency? – Jesse
– Marc Perry ( Marc Perry, CSCS, CPT)