Added running weight

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    Jun 22, 2011 12:24 AM GMT
    I'm recovering from an old sports injury and I started to lift again back in March. I have to get back in the gym if I want to stay in my current military position. Around April a buddy of mine suggested we do the Urbanathlon in San Francisco this November. So I tried to mix my military workout with a running workout to meet both goals. 3x days a week I lift and do light cardio. 2x a week I run for an hour and do ab work.

    Progress is going well on both but I hit one issue. I gained 15lbs and that has put me over the recommended limit for my job. My clothing fits better and my waist has actually decreased. And I dont know what happened. My diet hasn't changed much, although I know it could be better but I'm on a budget. I had a pt exam the other day and ran 2 miles. I felt sluggish and heavy compared to normal but ran the 2 miles a 1.5 minutes faster.

    I need some help balancing a running routine and a lifting routine. Any advice?
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    Jun 22, 2011 3:14 AM GMT
    To me, I think your priority should be improving your PT. I know we all like to hit the gym and lift weights, but if you're gonna dinged for unsat PT scores, then it's time to take a break from the gym.

    I'm not sure how you gained 15lbs out of nowhere. Are you taking creatine or those pre-workout supplements? I think you should add one more running day at least. Instead of a straight run, maybe mix it up. Do some wind sprints. Or do daily dozens, while doing sprints between exercises. I think that will help you prepare for the Urbanathlon and help you drop some unnecessary weight.
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    Jun 23, 2011 12:36 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice.

    I had started talkin pre-workout supplements and whey protein to aid in my training. I didnt really think those would do much because I was trying to gain mass. I

    It hasn't hurt my pt but the unexpected weight puts at alot of max requirements and I hate having to monitor my weight that close.
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    Jun 23, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    first you need to decide which is more important:

    - your career and being able to keep within the required weight, or

    - bulking up.

    It sounds like you may want to flip the workout to 3 runs 2 lifts and possibly lighten the load on the lifts and more reps to gain definition and not bulk. It sounds like the addition of mass may require you to find a new job.

    just a suggestion
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    Jun 23, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
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    Jun 25, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    Hi there,Kevin,
    I think with your weight training you`ve biulked up muscle wise and gained weight.Muscle is the heavy body tissue.If this upper body,it will go against you if you run.Have you noticed how the best runners tend to be skinny,mid-height guys?It`s not coincidence!I would recommend you rebalance your programme:do less weight training and more running/cardio,etc.Gaining muscle is good,but at the expense of your career?
    Best wishes!
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    Jun 25, 2011 10:26 PM GMT
    Lincsbear saidHi there,Kevin,
    I think with your weight training you`ve biulked up muscle wise and gained weight.Muscle is the heavy body tissue.If this upper body,it will go against you if you run.Have you noticed how the best runners tend to be skinny,mid-height guys?It`s not coincidence!I would recommend you rebalance your programme:do less weight training and more running/cardio,etc.Gaining muscle is good,but at the expense of your career?
    Best wishes!


    Thanks for the advice

    I've adjusted my workout so I'm lifting for endurance and not bulking up. I'm currently correcting my diet and I added a long run day so I workout 6 days a week instead of 5. The mass I gained was in my lower body. For some reason I gain mass quickly in my legs.
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    Jul 14, 2011 6:34 AM GMT
    It's another month of training and things are going great. First I changed up ny diet...just a little but it's better than what it was. Second took in everyone suggestions and modified my workout plan. I lift and do sprint cardio Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Tuesday and Thursday I run for 45 minutes. Saturday is my long run day. Right now I run 90 minutes on the treadmill at 1 incline.

    Oh and I passed my pt test but not with flying colors like I wanted.

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    Jul 14, 2011 6:53 AM GMT
    caveat- I am not and have never been in the military but many of my family members have (army and navy). Are you able to request that they do an alternate analysis....many weightlifters will show "obese" on a BMI or standard weight chart beause a pound is a pound and doesn't take into account muscle versus fat. A body fat score might be better for you or a water displacement test to establish body composition.
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    Jul 15, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    JoshTPDX saidcaveat- I am not and have never been in the military but many of my family members have (army and navy). Are you able to request that they do an alternate analysis....many weightlifters will show "obese" on a BMI or standard weight chart beause a pound is a pound and doesn't take into account muscle versus fat. A body fat score might be better for you or a water displacement test to establish body composition.


    I could but it's too much of a hassle. I've known a couple of guys built like linebackers who had tried and were shot down.