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Is it more effective to run and then lift or to lift first?

Is it more effective to run and then lift or to lift first? I keep hearing different answers. Jenn Doantelli Mahwah, New Jersey

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Depends on your sport, Jenn. If you’re an endurance athlete, like a runner or cyclist, then start by pulling on your running shoes or cycling cleats. For activities requiring explosive strength–climbing, paddling, volleyball–you’ll want to lift weights before you hit the road. When you think about these answers in terms of performance, it makes perfect sense: A marathoner doesn’t hoist weights before running a race, and a climber wouldn’t run a 10K before attempting a difficult pitch. To ensure your best performance when training, you want your mind and muscles to be fresh.

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