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Does cardio kill gains? Here’s what the science says

Does cardio kill gains? There’s a common belief in the fitness community that cardio workouts inhibit “gains” or muscle growth, and research shows conflicting evidence in terms of the potential for endurance exercise or cardio to inhibit the muscular adaptations made by resistance training.

To help make sense of the research and science about the possible downsides of concurrent training – doing cardio and weight training (opens in new tab) together in one workout session – we spoke with Heather Hart, an ACSM-certified exercise physiologist, RRCA-certified running coach, and co-owner of Hart Strength and Endurance Coaching (opens in new tab).

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