Workout critique

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    Apr 03, 2011 5:05 AM GMT
    Could use some help figuring out if I'm doing the right things for my goals. I started off the new year with a 9-week boot camp that focused on a lot of high-intensity cardio/strength (lots of body weight exercises and whatnot) to kickstart things. It improved my fitness level a LOT (Urban Jungle for anyone in the NY area--tell them Paul sent you so I get a discount!)

    Anyway, now I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing now. I may be overtraining. I want to gain muscle and lose fat. Six pack, arms, yadda yadda.

    I'm following this workout: which basically works two body parts a day four days a week. Thinking of changing over to the 12-week strength building workout from this website soon.

    I also box once or twice a week. And I do an abs class once a week.

    I do two-three high intensity bootcamp cardio workouts a week (Mon/Wed/Sat).

    I'm also about to begin training for my next marathon (did one last November). As that training picks up, I'll probably drop some of the other cardio workouts.

    I've been drinking a lot of protein shakes throughout the day, trying to limit (but not eliminate) my carb intake, and I eat protein bars. I know I'm supposed to eat a lot, but I'm scared of getting fat again.

    Thoughts? Too much? Not enough? Totally wrong?

    How about supplements? I'm a cheap bastard, but if something's really worth it, I'll do it.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
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    May 15, 2011 1:28 AM GMT
    Sometimes the best idea is to let yourself eat more so that way you can gain more muscle. I'd evaluate your program, but can't say if its effective. But I think you're over training with cardio stuff and you need to be focused on I guess weights more. Try finding a partner to help you out at a gym and maybe that can help u a lot with increasing your muscle gains.
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    May 15, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    I remember my workout partner told me there two kinds of muscle.In Muscle building your doing one thing to build and bulk muscles. In intense cardio and the likes, your are doing the exact opposite of what muscle building does. They kind of cancel out each other. I'm pretty sure I got it right? If you know someone ask them about that.
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    May 18, 2011 12:06 AM GMT
    Personally, I don't think you're doing too much. However, you are really active and should probably make sure you're taking all of your vitamins & supplements.

    -b complex
    -fish oil
    -whey protein

    If you've gotten results by doing what you're doing and you feel fine and aren't always exhausted or hungry then you're fine.
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    May 18, 2011 10:09 AM GMT
    I'm impressed that you have the energy to do all that with such a low carb intake

    There is a difference in eating complex carbs from pasta and getting complex carb from sugar. The latter produces a much greater insulin response and is digested very quickly.

    Carbs are the building blocks of energy. If you don't have any carb intake then your body will be ketogenic and feed off proteins leading to a decrease in muscle mass.

    A good diet will have a balance of carbs and protein intake. The carbs will give you energy and be a first resort for your body to burn, and the protein can go toward building muscle.

    If you are going to be a marathon runner then you will be eating ALOT of carbs, or you'll never make it to mile 26 lol.

    In short, you're an active person, don't worry about getting fat from GOOD carbs.