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Old 12-08-2009, 12:25 PM   #27
Donald Lee
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You could do that, but if you do it after a strength workout, do it many hours later. A strength workout gives the heart the opposite signal-to thicken rather than to stretch. If you're going to do it after a strength workout, you'd have to do it more often. It's better to just do cardio on off days or MMA days, unless your MMA was already highly aerobic. It may be hard to maintain all your strength training days, if you're lifting like 4 days/week. I'd temporarily lower it to maintenace levels-either 2 or 3 days/week. Those with lower levels of strength can work aerobic and strength together, but with higher levels of strength, it may interfere with your heart adaptations. I'm sure your heart is already pretty thick from strength training and short CrossFit metcons, which will make it harder to stretch anyways.
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