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    Cardio for strength?

    Any powerlifters(or stronmen,bbers ect) here neglect cardio? If you do cardio why and what do your cardio workouts consist of? I kind of feel just doing sets of higher rep work with compound moves would be fine for conditioning but I wonder if it could enhance my workload and overall well-being....I admit Iv'e never done cardio. Maybe for couple weeks running few miles during summer bout a year ago just to see how it went. I also did Ju-Jitsu fo awhile and that was def. cardio trust me... During that time I never felt more energetic. I was working 3rd shift construction, powerlifting and doing ju-jitsu 2xweek withh MMA sparring 1xweek...I felt incredible.Unfortunately around that time I fell into some bad times and stopped ju-jitsu and gave up on hopes to do a few mma fights. Now I am back beyond my peak days of strength except for my squat which I need to focus on more. However I have realized I need hypertrophy of me quads which used to be much larger and also better conditioning on my lifts. Training in 3-5rm range is great but you need(IMO) sets of ten and volume at times. I have realized I am so out of shape that it affects my heavy training. For example I used to do sets of ten up to 405 as warmups before going heavy...Now I'll do sets of 5 or less as ":warmups" and the weights feel much heavier than thye should although I have far surpassed my old Prs. and Just 20lbs away from a 700 deadlift which Ill attempt(and fully expect to get it) before the end of year. I am going to start small cardio work and doing sets of 10 routinely with squats and deads for few sets right after I PR my dead.
    Does anyone else fully neglect cardio? I was always extremely lean and didnt need cardio. Most my life except for maybe last year or two I could have probably dieted for 4 weeks and be in condition to compete in bodybuilding. So It was not necessary physique wise and worried it would effect bodyweight and in turn strength.
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    I powerlift like you. I have been running a program lately that actually uses crossfit style workouts after your strength training. It was alot to adjust to but took my conditioning way up there. Also it helped my recovery. My strength made a big jump in my lifts that had stalled too.

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    I always do cardio at least 2-3 times per week for a min or 20 mins, Usually the elliptical or stair machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gh0st View Post
    I always do cardio at least 2-3 times per week for a min or 20 mins, Usually the elliptical or stair machine!
    Same here and it's good for the ol' ticker's health too. Heart attacks and strokes are in my family history and I am not going to have one ever and certainly will see to that. So far my physicals and bloodwork have shown I got low risk for heart issues and that has given me peace of mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MindlessWork View Post
    Same here and it's good for the ol' ticker's health too. Heart attacks and strokes are in my family history and I am not going to have one ever and certainly will see to that. So far my physicals and bloodwork have shown I got low risk for heart issues and that has given me peace of mind.
    Yeah Im also getting older so I'm thinking more about health as well. I am def going to add some in just not sure if it will be treadmill stuff or sets of 20 squats and maybe some lifting style cardio like Pipeline was talking about...
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    Quote Originally Posted by donkeykong View Post
    Yeah Im also getting older so I'm thinking more about health as well. I am def going to add some in just not sure if it will be treadmill stuff or sets of 20 squats and maybe some lifting style cardio like Pipeline was talking about...
    Definitely incorporate some cardio into your training and your body will thank you for it. Health is a concern as we get older so we need to be on top of things health related.
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