Should I even try to gain muscle ?

  • b13n

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    May 24, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    I am a cross country runner, doesn't running like burn of the muscle ?
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    May 24, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    Yeah...which means if you cross country run and don't workout you'll end up looking like a toothpick.

    You can still workout and run, although I am not a believe in cross country or anything over 30-40 minutes cardio. Just me though.

    Working out your legs will make you a faster runner and help in endurance. But you can also not work legs at all and just do upper body while sprinting/cross country, since essentially you don't want to be over working your legs.
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    May 24, 2011 4:57 AM GMT
    Eat lots of protein. I've had the same problem as you, my body eating my own muscles. You have to eat lots of carbohydrates and proteins so your body doesn't eat itself.
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    May 24, 2011 8:08 AM GMT
    I'm a sprinter so I don't know if I can help much, but I agree with guy above. EAT EAT EAT lots of protein should help maintain muscle, oh and workout.
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    May 24, 2011 8:12 AM GMT
    to only maintain, eat a much as possible, especially protein rich foods
  • alphatop

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    May 24, 2011 8:27 AM GMT
    Sperm is full of protein....just sayin'icon_redface.gif
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    May 25, 2011 3:11 PM GMT
    AntoNomad saidSperm is full of protein....just sayin'icon_redface.gif


    you'd have to eat like 40 guys worth of protein to meet the daily quota!
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    May 25, 2011 3:19 PM GMT
    jim_e said
    AntoNomad saidSperm is full of protein....just sayin'icon_redface.gif


    you'd have to eat like 40 guys worth of protein to meet the daily quota!


    That's definitely doable...
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    May 25, 2011 3:24 PM GMT
    TheLyght said
    jim_e said
    AntoNomad saidSperm is full of protein....just sayin'icon_redface.gif


    you'd have to eat like 40 guys worth of protein to meet the daily quota!


    That's definitely doable...


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    May 25, 2011 3:31 PM GMT
    Eating isn't going to make him gain muscle. He has to lift weights, stress the muscle, and then eat more than he eats regularly on a frequent basis, or switch to more energy-dense food. Notice I didn't even mention protein.
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    May 25, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    Are you looking to train for aesthetic purposes or for better athletic performance (or both)? Each goal would have two different kinds of training regimens.
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    May 25, 2011 4:39 PM GMT
    You should be looking to gain muscle in your legs, and that's about it. Gaining muscle in your upper body will only weigh you down and won't help your running. But there is a difference between toned muscle, and just MUSCLE.
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    May 25, 2011 11:01 PM GMT
    wildtype87 saidAre you looking to train for aesthetic purposes or for better athletic performance (or both)? Each goal would have two different kinds of training regimens.


    ^^^^
    This.

    Are you running 25 miles a week or 75 miles a week? What are your goals? No matter what they are, a strong core is a must and some upper body strength is pretty important. Outside of limited exercises for injury prevention/recovery, I have never really worked on building any leg strength in the weight room nor do I know very many long distance runners who do; makes it tough to keep up your weekly mileage. But, it all comes down to what distance you are racing now, what you will be racing in the future, and how fast you want to run.
  • alphatop

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    May 26, 2011 3:55 AM GMT
    jim_e said
    AntoNomad saidSperm is full of protein....just sayin'icon_redface.gif


    you'd have to eat like 40 guys worth of protein to meet the daily quota!

    Or you can apply for the position in the bank...SPERM bankicon_twisted.gif
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    May 27, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    bluey2223 saidEating isn't going to make him gain muscle. He has to lift weights, stress the muscle, and then eat more than he eats regularly on a frequent basis, or switch to more energy-dense food. Notice I didn't even mention protein.


    I did this and I lost muscle-mass. I was doing lots of cardio and landscaping, tons of lifting. Lots of protein is the only thing that has mad a difference for me.
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    May 27, 2011 4:37 AM GMT
    Bluey's right though. Protein isn't going to be the key here. Yes, you're going to need a lot of it, but you're also going to need a ton of calories and the rest of your macronutrients.

    Lots of protein won't allow you to gain mass if you're a cross country runner unless you're meeting all the other quotas as well.
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    May 27, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    bryanface saidI am a cross country runner, doesn't running like burn of the muscle ?


    Dont, I was a CC runner for 6 years... Its very possible my last year as a runner I gained 15 lbs so I could be in shape for the Marines. with just that 15lbs I went from a 17 min mile to a 22 minute mile... In my opinion if you do it, do it slowly and see how you time is affected... It is possible though...
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    May 27, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    jim_e said
    AntoNomad saidSperm is full of protein....just sayin'icon_redface.gif


    you'd have to eat like 40 guys worth of protein to meet the daily quota!


    You just need a couple high producers. It's milkin' time Bessy!
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    May 27, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    K3nnymac said
    bryanface saidI am a cross country runner, doesn't running like burn of the muscle ?


    Dont, I was a CC runner for 6 years... Its very possible my last year as a runner I gained 15 lbs so I could be in shape for the Marines. with just that 15lbs I went from a 17 min 3 mile to a 22 minute 3 mile... In my opinion if you do it, do it slowly and see how you time is affected... It is possible though...


    had to fix my typo
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    May 27, 2011 5:06 AM GMT
    bryanface saidI am a cross country runner, doesn't running like burn of the muscle ?


    You're lucky. You get to eat and eat and eat and end up looking good! Just make sure you eat the right foods.... and obviously lift a lot of weights if you want to gain muscle.
  • Little_Spoon

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    May 27, 2011 5:08 AM GMT
    Yes.

    Everyone appreciates a little muscle. icon_razz.gif
  • Sayrnas

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    May 27, 2011 5:09 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    jim_e said
    AntoNomad saidSperm is full of protein....just sayin'icon_redface.gif


    you'd have to eat like 40 guys worth of protein to meet the daily quota!


    You just need a couple high producers. It's milkin' time Bessy!


    I'm stealing that icon_twisted.gif

    As a fellow ninja, yes, you should try to gain muscle. It'll make you faster overall the more you use your whole body in different exercises. The more it's subjected to, the quicker the reaction times!
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    May 27, 2011 5:11 AM GMT
    jim_e said
    AntoNomad saidSperm is full of protein....just sayin'icon_redface.gif


    you'd have to eat like 40 guys worth of protein to meet the daily quota!


    I see your challenge and raise it by double ;)

    I lift and I run too: take a bulking period to build muscle which means lift heavy and reducing cardio. on a cutting period do lots of cardio and lift lighter weights with more reps to tone, take lots of protein to maintain muscle.