Cardio or Carino

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    Aug 03, 2007 6:42 AM GMT
    So as you may have seen, Im on a quest to try to get a cover-model body. Im trying to build lean muscle.

    Ive increased my diet to c. 5 meals per day, increased protein etc etc. Im training every day for an hour doing a split routine. But I dont do any cardio. Should I be?

    My PT says no, or maybe something light on my rest day. I read and hear people say there is no need to cardio if you are weights training everyday. That cardio can stem the growth of muscles etc. But when I look at the guys here with the amazing bodies, they all seem to do a lot of cardio.

    Thoughts??
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    Aug 04, 2007 4:07 AM GMT
    Duh
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    Aug 04, 2007 8:20 AM GMT
    Not helpful
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    Aug 04, 2007 11:34 AM GMT
    *rolls eyes* "i wanna be a model" there's enough in the world, and too many wanna-be's


    there's a cardio article on the home page, check that out.
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    Aug 05, 2007 10:38 PM GMT
    I did not say I wanted to be a model.

    Ive seen the article on the home page but wanted to get some opinions from people who have really achieved their goals.
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    Aug 05, 2007 10:56 PM GMT
    Chucky, just get off this site, you never have anything constructive to offer....you already know it all anyway.

    Anwalsh, your trainer is right and wrong. You shouldn't ELIMNATE cardio to build muscle at least for any length of time. Cardio is not only important to keep your body fat down, you have to train the most important muscle in your body too.....you're heart. If it's not in good shape, then blood is not delievered efficiently and oxygen cannot be carried through the body an utilized for all bodily functions as well as it could.

    That said, your trainer is right in the sense you may not need as much cardio as the average person due to your natural metabolism. From you photos you look to be more the ectomorphic body type. You're not rail thin but you're already lean and probably find it hard to put on mass.

    My suggestion, do 20 minutes of cardio at 80-90% of your maximum heart rate three times per week and that's it. This is sufficient for keeping your heart in shape but it should be of short enough duration to prevent your body from catabolizing muscle mass for fuel.

    If you don't know how to calculate your target heart rate (THR), here you go:

    (220 - Your Age) * .8 and .9 = THR in beats per minute

    Most people either use the piece of cardio equipment they are on (if it has a heart rate monitor in it) to check their heart rate. You can also buy an inexpensive heart rate monitor that straps around your chest or wrist that will give you that info. You can also do it manually by stopping your cardio momentarily, finding your heart beat on the radial artery or juggular vein and counting the beats for 10 seconds starting at 0. If you multiply the count by 6 (6 ten second periods in 1 minute), you'll get a good estimate of your heart rate.
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    Aug 14, 2007 10:21 PM GMT
    I talk on other sites to people who work as fitness models.

    I would say most of not all do cardio. Cardio is not all that catabolic, and reducing body fat is the Number 1 way to improve body image if you cant pack on muscle.
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    Aug 14, 2007 10:31 PM GMT
    anwalsh, perhaps you've not noticed, but expecting, "helpful," from chuckystud makes about as much sense as trying to nail jello to a tree.

    Unfortunately, I have no words of wisdom to help you in your quest but I will say, you're lookin' good, and keep up the good work.