Boot Camp Fitness Class Deterring Goals?

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    Dec 21, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    I typically work out different muscle groups on different days of the week as opposed to doing a full body work out 3x a week. (I read this was better for gaining mass if you're more advanced in your fitness level). Unfortunately, I do also enjoy this one boot camp class at 24 hour fitness which incorporates cardio and a full body workout.

    Since the boot camp class does work out every muscle group (but with light weights....about 7.5-10 lbs) would it be bad if I worked out one of the muscle groups the day before or after the class?

    I ask, because I'm trying to schedule a new work out routine while not overworking any body parts.

    At the moment I'm thinking:

    Wed: Chest - Abs
    Thurs: Running Group on the Trails [date set, can't change]
    Friday: Back - Abs
    Saturday: Legs - Shoulders
    Sunday: Bicep - Triceps
    Monday: Boot Camp - Abs [date set, can't change]
    Tuesday: Rest

    I could do Chest/Tri and Back/Bi but then I'd have to move the abs somewhere else (prefer not to be at the gym for over an hour).

    Thoughts? Suggestions?
  • natertots

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    Dec 21, 2011 6:27 AM GMT
    So is your goal to gain mass and you're asking if this sort of plan will be counter-intuitive? Or are you asking if you'll be overtraining in general?

    Honestly, you're going to have to eat like a freakin' horse if you're trying to gain mass with a program like this. Typically boot camp programs are designed to keep you at a high heart rate to increase fat loss, not necessarily build muscle. Can you make it work? Yes. Is it advisable? No. Rest days should be treated like training days--they're sacred. They're absolutely necessary to helping you accomplish your goals. I'd say one day of rest is probably not going to cut it if you're going for mass.

    Just my $.02. Best of luck in whatever you decide to go with!

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    Dec 21, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
    Yes, I'm asking I'm asking if my schedule looks alright. The boot camp is counter intuitive, but I do enjoy it. Hence why I decided to keep it even though it screws up my schedule a bit.

    I tried to alternate between upper and lower body days so that way it gives it a semi rest period.

    As for my diet. I've began logging my calories and nutritional intakes and man...I was definitely not taking in enough calories before. So I'm working on it at the moment.

    I'll take your 2 cents and others. icon_smile.gif

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    Dec 21, 2011 4:35 PM GMT
    If you enjoy boot camp, but have trouble eating enough to gain mass, then you might be better off going with what makes you the happiest, and let your body's composition do what it wants to do naturally. You'll still gain "some" muscle mass, just not at a fast pace.