Cardio vs. Muslce Gain

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    Aug 26, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    So my dad says that cardio can inhibit muslce gain.... but every work out plan I see online includes 20-30 minutes of cardio before or after.... Can someone tell me if my dad is right? I'm quite confused... :/
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    Aug 26, 2012 1:48 AM GMT
    He is right.

    If you want to do cardio, then do it after and keep it light. If you are doing cardio to lose fat then keep in mind that you cant gain weight and lose weight at the same time.

    Gaining requires eating over maintenance level + weight training to stimulate growth.

    Loosing requires eating below maintenance level + weight training to retain muscle.
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    Aug 26, 2012 2:09 AM GMT
    Lol well I def dont have anything to lose... Thanks for the reply! That helps a lot. lol
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    Aug 26, 2012 6:40 AM GMT
    oneofakind326 saidSo my dad says that cardio can inhibit muslce gain.... but every work out plan I see online includes 20-30 minutes of cardio before or after.... Can someone tell me if my dad is right? I'm quite confused... :/



    It depends on what you're starting with.
    I started out tall and thin, so I certainly didn't need any cardio.

    However, somebody who is more than a little overweight would do well to include some cardio in their workout.
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    Aug 26, 2012 6:52 AM GMT
    I've read plenty of studies that have refuted the myth that cardio stunts muscle growth. One does not necessarily exclude the other unless you force your body to choose with a calorie deficit. There are plenty of very muscular athletes out there that also do jaw dropping amounts of cardio.
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    Aug 26, 2012 7:15 AM GMT
    the whole thing is kind of a confused mess. I've read everything from "do it before" to "do it after" to "just eat more protein on cardio days to prevent muscle loss".... I don't think anyone has a straight answer for you. you will have to look at the information out there and try different things to see what works for you.

    that being said, if you're reasonably lean to begin with (as has already been said), I wouldn't risk the muscle loss and would just lift weights to gain muscle (and thus raise your basal metabolic levels)