I am starting to do cardio 3-4 times a week for 20 minutes. However, my cardio sessions are always extremely intense and I push myself very hard so it is not really "relaxed" or "light" cardio. Will these cardio sessions affect my muscle gains even if I am eating all the calories back that I burn?
Thread: Does Cardio Kill Gains?
06-21-2012, 05:48 PM #1
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I lift heavy 3x a week, do conditioning work and higher rep stuff 2x a week, and cardio 5x a week. Has been working great for me so far.Subscribe to The Strength Project :
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I strongly encourage cardio.
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I always LOL @ the clowns on here who don't do cardio.
Even Zyzz and the Aussie crew who lied about doing cardio in their interviews, someone like BigANF or someone else said they always saw those guys running like 2-3x a week. All the body builders do some form of cardio when cutting, just LOL @ not working the heart. Nutrition and rest and good programming will help you eliminate the whole "cardio is evil/cardio burns muscle" bullsh!t that has invaded the misc the past few years.
Being in a caloric deficit with bad programming burns muscle.
Some of the best bodies IMO are the ones carved by cardio (and other good training/eating habits).Fitness Journal:
06-21-2012, 06:02 PM #10
Maintain your desired calorie deficit/surplus (example: 300). You can attain this through diet or cardio.
No cardio - 300 calorie surplus = 3000.
With cardio - 300 calories surplus = 3300 (cardio has burnt 300 calories)
In the end you will be in a 300 calorie surplus... It just means you can eat more and will become "fitter".
Personally I choose no cardio... Too much effort. I am lifting heavy 5 times a week and have lost 14 lbs in 12 weeks. With no cardio. Retaining muscle no worries.Teeth Whitening Guide - http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=153096181
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06-21-2012, 06:04 PM #11
THat's one thing I"ve never understood about people being afraid of cardio. When it's all said and done, I would much rather have a stronger heart and pair of lungs. Lets face it, when we're 65+ it's that strong heart and lungs that are going to keep us going, not being able to squat 405. (Although that would be pretty bad ass to be a 65 year old squatting 405).
I think people forget that it's better to be well rounded if you're just doing bodybuilding as hobby. To me, what's the point of having big lifts and size but you can't even run a mile without hacking up a lung.
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no. but it may hamper strength ever so slightly.
most of my conditioning is done through sprints. it carries over to lifting and power out put a lot more than stead statewatch me make Sir Issac Newton my bitch in my Oly log:
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