My physical therapist wants me to box six 3-minute rounds before I do weight training. After boxing I feel pretty tired and of course not 100% energized, and I can't perform 100% in weight training due to this (squats, leg presses, etc). Is it good to box to warm up or should I just do light warm-up exercises and jump straight into weight training?

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    I could see one 3 minute round for a warmup, but six? That is going to have an adverse effect on your strength training IMO. – Wayne In Yak Sep 4 '12 at 19:33

6 x 3 minute rounds seems a lot for a warm up. I would imagine you would be tired and unable to do a complete weight training program. What are your goals? and why did your personal trainer suggest this program? If your focus is on improving cardio, this might be right, but if it's strength training....you would normally do a light warm up, focus on the strength training and then some cardio.

  • Im a little over weight. I mean a little. My goal is to torn up and build muscles at a later stage @meade rubenstein – Uds Sep 3 '12 at 23:14
  • If you want to lose weight and build up endurance, heavy bag work is great - talk to your personal trainer about your concerns and make sure your comfortable with the approach she/he is taking. Always ask.... – Meade Rubenstein Sep 3 '12 at 23:45
  • Thanks. Yeah I think the workout is great, but my only concern is I cant give 100% on weights. But I think it should be fine for now since my main goal is to lose weight. Thank sguys. – Uds Sep 3 '12 at 23:54

I'd say it's pretty risky to ask someone to box 6 3-minute rounds before doing weight training. As you said, you feel pretty tired and don't feel like you have 100% energy to do the weights, and as a result you won't be getting the benefits out of it that you could if you were fresh. Not to mention if you're fatigued you're more likely to be sloppy and make a mistake, injuring yourself. I wouldn't do anything more than a round of shadowboxing for warmup, or perhaps a few minutes of rope skipping. Since boxing would be more of an endurance exercise, and lifting heavy weights will sap some of your endurance, doing the 6 3-minute rounds of boxing after the weights makes the most sense.

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