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    Does Cardio Kill Gains?

    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?
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    Originally Posted by AlbinoScience View Post
    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?

    no, thats just broscience, cardio wont burn muscle unless you starve
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    I do cardio every day and switched to lifting light, the endurance is much better than when I only lifted heavy and ignored cardio. I also am carrying less skinny fat.
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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.
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    Depends. I noticed when cutting, my legs shrink very fast if i burn too many calories. Need to balance your calorie loss, with your diet, so you aren't in to much of a calorie deficient.
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    i lost my brother to cardio











































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    Originally Posted by AlbinoScience View Post
    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?
    Don't worry about it man. I run 12+ miles a week and/or swim 2+ miles a week, and my lifts are still going up and size is going up. Just eat enough and you'll be fine. An issue that I've noticed is doing 5+ mile runs is that my legs will definitely be tired, and so if you're doing heavy legs + long runs, then you could possibly not give your body enough recovery time.

    I strongly encourage cardio.
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    I lift 4 times a week, do about 1 hour of cardio after. Still have dem gainz. you'll be fine OP.
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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).
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    Maintain your desired calorie deficit/surplus (example: 300). You can attain this through diet or cardio.

    Ie bulking...

    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.
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    Originally Posted by 2 D View Post
    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).

    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).

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    Originally Posted by Merc009 View Post
    no, thats just broscience, cardio wont burn muscle unless you starve
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    its never gonnna! i run atleast 4 miles a day, and it hasnt hurt ever. you like having abs ya? then run
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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 state
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