Getting out of the workout plateau...

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    Apr 27, 2011 6:13 AM GMT
    I've been running 60-90 min. on a treadmill about 4 times a week for the past year and I think I hit the plateau since I haven't been seeing results in over a month. Any suggestions? I've been thinking about trying to lift some weights for a while and stop running since my body is so used to it.
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    Apr 27, 2011 10:32 AM GMT
    Sounds like a plan to me. I'm no expert but from wht I get you have to always change it up.
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    Apr 27, 2011 10:34 AM GMT
    Have you tried interval training on the treadmill? Also, I think it is also good to hit the weights!
  • Kwokpot

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    Apr 27, 2011 2:29 PM GMT
    What are your goals? Why were you running over an hour on a treadmill?
    What is your diet like?
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    Apr 27, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    Strength training will increase muscle mass which will burn more calories. Strictly doing cardio will burn calories but too much and some of those calories will come from muscle as well as fat. This may be what is resulting in the vicious cycle you've found yourself in (cause that's a lot of cardio for someone who isn't a distance runner).
    Also, and this is a huge part brought up by the previous poster, what is your diet?
    I suggest breaking up your workouts to focusing on muscle groups on separate days with two days of cardio in there (id est Mon: Legs, Tues: Chest/Tris, Wed: Cardio, Thurs: Back, Fri: Delts/Bis, Sat: Cardio, Sun: Rest)
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    Apr 27, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    I've tried changing intervals while running on the treadmill but I just can't do that constantly because it's annoying lol. I actually used to run outside for the same time but I started running on the treadmill because it's too f-ing cold outside. My diet is mainly this: two eggs, sandwich, cereal, rice, chicken, and other foods with carbs like noodles. I guess running that long is pretty intense but i'm so used to it due to cross country. I haven't really lifted weights before, but I do like 5 reps of bicep curls, sit-ups, and the basics after every run. I just don't know where to start...I need some variety.
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    Apr 28, 2011 12:21 AM GMT
    Well if you're looking to gain muscle, the only way that is gonna happen is if you pick up the weights. There is no easy way around it... or everyone would be an adonis. Just remember everyone has to start somewhere. Go to the library and online (I recommend bodybuilding.com) to research form and exercises. It's too involved to give you a short answer.
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    Apr 28, 2011 12:37 AM GMT
    Cycle your cardio? Do HIIT? Perhaps after 3 months then you can cycle back? Just a suggestion.
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    Apr 28, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    Definitely incorporate weight training. It'll work your body in a new and different way. Bodybuilding.com is a decent site and RealJock has some decent videos on different weight lifting exercises as well. Good luck!
  • Kwokpot

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    Apr 28, 2011 2:33 AM GMT
    dj0393 saidI've tried changing intervals while running on the treadmill but I just can't do that constantly because it's annoying lol. I actually used to run outside for the same time but I started running on the treadmill because it's too f-ing cold outside. My diet is mainly this: two eggs, sandwich, cereal, rice, chicken, and other foods with carbs like noodles. I guess running that long is pretty intense but i'm so used to it due to cross country. I haven't really lifted weights before, but I do like 5 reps of bicep curls, sit-ups, and the basics after every run. I just don't know where to start...I need some variety.

    You are asking for advice, but you still haven't articulated what your goals are.
    You are healthly and obviously athletically inclined. So, what are your goals?

    As an aside, the internet and globalism has caused male Body dysmorphic order. Not every guy has to look like a calvin klein underwear model or a WWE wrestler. Having a lean body type is not unhealthy.