A request to my trainer... - I need your thoughts

  • gymnewby1983

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    Apr 23, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
    So... After a few weeks of having a hectic schedule, obligations and issues that prevented me from training as regularly as I want, I am reday to get back in my routine.

    I want to ask for a routine that would have this general structure :

    6 days a week
    3 days cardio, 3 days weight training

    The goal is still to gain mass... but useful mass without "fattening up" too much. I'd like to have good muscle definition. Plus, The cardio routine would allow for some rest in between weight training sessions.

    Do you think it's a viable option ?

    I'm meeting him April 30th... Any advice ?

    This forum has always proven useful in the past so I thought I would ask again.
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    Apr 23, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    Have you looked at the workout plans here on RJ? And the eating plans?
  • gymnewby1983

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    Apr 23, 2012 2:12 AM GMT
    I have actually looked at it... the thing is, I don,t have the stamina to complete the plans yet...They are still a little too intense for me.
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    Apr 23, 2012 2:31 AM GMT
    Ask your trainer what he thinks is best, but I did 3 days of cardio and 3 days of strength training, and I started to gain muscle. Originally, I did very intense cardio and couldn't gain much muscle. I was trying to focus on losing weight. I changed and started focusing more on muscle, and that's when I started to gain. You'll have to find the right balance for you. Your trainer should be able to help, but it may also take time and experimentation. Have patience.
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    Apr 23, 2012 2:54 AM GMT
    its a fact that you won't get ridiculously huge within 2 weeks, just focus on lifting heavy, 4 sets 12 reps, with each major muscle group having enough rest.
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    Apr 23, 2012 5:43 AM GMT
    3 days of cardio is pointless for a person trying to gain mass. If you want to gain muscle without gaining a lot of fat don't get that high of a calorie surplus. I say do 4 days of weight training and forget about the cardio. Worry about cardio when you're cutting. If you really want to do it, do 10 min of light cardio before your sessions as a warm up.
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    Apr 23, 2012 8:11 AM GMT
    You should have some level of cardio (preferably HIIT), EVERY day. It will lower your risk of heart attack by a minimum of 50%. Doing cardio is critical to enhance your ability to train hard, increasing vascularization (blood vessels), and keeping your heart strong and vital, as well as burning out sugar crystals (type 2 diabetes, and a high A1C), and to burn fat. YOU MUST DO CARDIO. The vascularization will help you work harder and lower blood pressure The work on your heart will help you avoid heart attack and allow you to train harder. Burning up the fat will help keep you lean and help prevent arterial blockages.

    You WILL NOT get too big. It takes years, genetics, and a butt load of calories, along with a chemical soup to get too big. LOL.. OMG... Stop with the excuses.

    You should do resistance exercise (weights, or water, or biking, or rowing, or just body weight) about 5 or 6 days a week. I used to train through all parts in three days, and then do it again, and then take a day off up until I was in my 30's. In retrospect, that was probably too much. I have trained 6 days through and 1 day off since about 1998, and it gives me plenty of recovery. Over training is dumb. Resistance training as little as 20 minutes 3 times a week will prevent type 2 diabetes. PREVENT IT.

    Size is a function of calories, time, and endurance. Strength is neurological conditioning, form / method, and recovery.

    EAT. Lift 5 or 6 days a week, and take that long to go through your parts. You'll recover better. Calories are essential.

    I bring my CALORIES UP to get leaner and too support a higher activity level.
  • Beeftastic

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    Apr 23, 2012 9:30 AM GMT
    For your goals three days of cardio is probably plenty for you. HIIT is the best - High Intensity Interval Training. When you do cardio with the lifting, your body will build out more balanced, and you will overall look better and feel better.

    If you keep your lifting session to an hour, you can do 30 minutes of cardio after and have more time for yourself the other three days (if you can do both at your gym). You could even consider adding another day of lifting to 4 days a week so you have four days at the gym a week, not 6.
  • gymnewby1983

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    Apr 23, 2012 2:40 PM GMT
    All good advice ! I thank you guys, I'll have a LONG discussion with my trainer.

    Just to clarify: I'm not looking for a miracle solution or some instant results. I perfectly know that it takes time, effort and food (considering buying chicken in bulk lol).

    I've bee training for almost 2 years, and the results have been really good considering my genetic background and my own metabolism.
    I just need an extra push to get to my goals.

    The reason why I talked about that workout schedule is beause it suits my lifestyle better. While I do enjoy the gym and going everyday, I have a lot of other obligations. So I do prefer doing slightly less time each time but more days than pushing for 3-4 days and "nothing" the remainder of the week.

    Any other toughts are more than welcome. I'll keep you updated when I meet him on April 30th.