Is my workout routine working?

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    Aug 17, 2011 3:14 AM GMT
    I'm having second thoughts of my exercise routine - I only go for a speedy run of 5-6km for 25-30 minutes in 3 times a week, and ab exercises right after for 15 mins, rest in each rep, and then work on upper strength stuff for another 20 mins (push ups, pull-ups and with no weights). I also try to eat a meal of carbs and protein right after I'm done with my workout, but I'm still not satisfied with my lack of muscle mass gain for the past 12 months now (I've been doing this same regime for the past 1 and a half years).

    Could it be due to my rapid metabolism? I can never feel full throughout the day even with three square meals. Or am I not making my muscles rest and recover after such an intense cardio workout? If so, is this all due to lactic acid breakdown? I could only afford to use or do so much due to my tight uni student budget, and would really appreciate some advice from you runners/muscle gainers out there icon_sad.gif
  • twilight2010

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    Aug 17, 2011 6:32 AM GMT
    Julians saidI'm having second thoughts of my exercise routine - I only go for a speedy run of 5-6km for 25-30 minutes in 3 times a week, and ab exercises right after for 15 mins, rest in each rep, and then work on upper strength stuff for another 20 mins (push ups, pull-ups and with no weights). I also try to eat a meal of carbs and protein right after I'm done with my workout, but I'm still not satisfied with my lack of muscle mass gain for the past 12 months now (I've been doing this same regime for the past 1 and a half years).

    Could it be due to my rapid metabolism? I can never feel full throughout the day even with three square meals. Or am I not making my muscles rest and recover after such an intense cardio workout? If so, is this all due to lactic acid breakdown? I could only afford to use or do so much due to my tight uni student budget, and would really appreciate some advice from you runners/muscle gainers out there icon_sad.gif


    You have a very fast metabolism and you burn food quickly including muscle if you do not consume enough of the right foods.

    About two hours before your training eat carbohydrates to give you the energy. Then after your training consume more Carbs to replace the glycogen that was lost.

    Of course you must have protein as well. A descent meal replacement shake will assist you. The key is eating. You got to eat more than you burn. Also you must have some saturated fat in your meals because that assist with growth hormone and muscle building.

    Avoid fast foods, eat healthy foods. Just dont be shy to not eat the fat around your lamb chops.