Confused by High-Intensity vs Steady - HELP!

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    Jan 29, 2012 9:29 AM GMT
    I'm weight training three times a week and really enjoying it. Considering where I'm at right now, I'm also realising for the first time that the body that I want is 80% nutrition - and I can't use food as a reward when I'm working hard!

    I want to seriously bulk up but also lose fat - and I'm reading contradictory reports on the frequency and intensity of cardio I should be doing.

    Would you recommend 15-25mins of HIIT training in the morning, or slow, steady running (eg 5km)? And every day or on non-training days?

    What I don't want to do (although I don't really understand the science behind it or whether I'm reading the right things!) is use up muscle that I've just created by doing the wrong cardio.

    Thanks for the help guys.
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    Jan 29, 2012 6:53 PM GMT
    gymmartino saidI'm weight training three times a week and really enjoying it. Considering where I'm at right now, I'm also realising for the first time that the body that I want is 80% nutrition - and I can't use food as a reward when I'm working hard!

    I want to seriously bulk up but also lose fat - and I'm reading contradictory reports on the frequency and intensity of cardio I should be doing.

    Would you recommend 15-25mins of HIIT training in the morning, or slow, steady running (eg 5km)? And every day or on non-training days?

    What I don't want to do (although I don't really understand the science behind it or whether I'm reading the right things!) is use up muscle that I've just created by doing the wrong cardio.

    Thanks for the help guys.
    i would do the interval training a couple times a week. i would not run because you will lose the muscle you are trying to maintain. if i were you i would just do the elliptical for 45 minutes to a hour and not let your heart rate go over 125
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    Jan 29, 2012 7:49 PM GMT
    Find out what works well for your own body. For me, I do 20 minutes of slow-and-steady to warm up, then I do 20 minutes of HIITS post-weights. HIITS post-weights forces my body to utilize fat for energy since the weight workout used up the carbs/sugars.

    Make sure your weight workout is pretty intense, too. No more than 30 seconds between reps.
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    Jan 30, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    I'm not so sure it's realistic to want to bulk up/cut fat simultaneously. At least not for long periods of time.

    And what's the point of keeping the rest period between sets less than 30 seconds? I say 60-90, personally. That's about the range of time it takes for your muscles to regain their strength for the next set.
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    Jan 30, 2012 1:42 AM GMT
    Gaydar saidI'm not so sure it's realistic to want to bulk up/cut fat simultaneously. At least not for long periods of time.

    And what's the point of keeping the rest period between sets less than 30 seconds? I say 60-90, personally. That's about the range of time it takes for your muscles to regain their strength for the next set.


    It keeps up the intensity, keeping your heart rate up. If you're going real heavy, then yes, a longer rest period makes sense.
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    Jan 30, 2012 1:42 AM GMT
    Ah, okay. Misunderstood.