Am I working out too much?

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    Oct 02, 2008 4:47 AM GMT
    Hey guys.

    So I'm a college student with somewhat of a hectic schedule but I always make time for exercise. I don't think I eat as much as I should just because sometimes I'm stuck on campus with no cash, or if I do buy something, they give small portions. I try to even that out with eating a lot more when I get home (I'm generally very hungry by then anyway). I weigh about 145 at 5'10''

    Anyway, I'm mainly swimming now as a workout. On two days of the week, I swim about 2 hours worth (1 hour in the morning, 1 hour after the day), and the other three (week)days I'm swimming 1 hour. Also what I would do, is go to the gym for about 45 minutes on 2-3 days of the week (I'd do low rep, high weight), because I'm afraid I'd lose what little muscle mass I have from swimming so much.

    So now I wonder... is that too much? Is it really worth going to the gym? Will it even make a difference? I aim to be healthy. Gaining muscle would be nice, but I know since I don't eat much (on top of everything I'm burning off) it wouldn't really happen. Also, I prioritize swimming over the weights so it's either swim+gym or just swim alone.

    Thanks for reading.
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    Oct 02, 2008 7:40 PM GMT
    Just listen to your body and don't let the time restraints stress you out. Stress kills a good workout. I did something similar in college.

    ...my college was ranked by Men's health as the fattest small college in the US.
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    Oct 02, 2008 8:04 PM GMT
    First off, I have to agree with the whole listen to your body. Of course it's good that you're in there doing weights- if anything, it will help you keep the lean muscle that you have.

    Second of all:

    ace_ofpace said

    ...my college was ranked by Men's health as the fattest small college in the US.


    I have to ask...do you have a link to this Men's Health article? I'm interested to see the list. I tried looking on their website, but in the tradition of them having a horrible search engine to find ANYTHING useful, I got over 500 entries no matter what I typed in.
  • D972

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    Oct 02, 2008 8:08 PM GMT
    I'm not a personal trainer, but you seem to be an ectomorph ... and it seems you are doing too much with too little energy source according to your stats. If you plan on going to the GYM, my advice is pack lunch (peanut butter sandwiches, egg sandwiches, turkey/chicken sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, a protein shake if you can afford it, or maybe 2% milk in a thermos), fruits, and eat a big breakfast. Snack through out the day if you can between classes and your workout schedule.

    But muchmorethanm... gave you great advice. If you are happy with the way you look and your routine stick with it. The cardio is great for your heart, but is going to keep you very lean. I used to do 2 hours of Capoiera, three days a week and my body fat dropped significantly, and so did a lot of my muscle.


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    Oct 02, 2008 8:32 PM GMT
    Here is the link to the Men's Fitness report for universities - I could not find the list for small colleges.

    http://www.mensfitness.com/college_rankings/53
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    Oct 03, 2008 10:22 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidIf you want to get bigger then you'll have to make the changes to your eating schedule, the amount you eat in order to do so.

    For now if you're content with where you're at then there's no problem. As long as you have the energy to do all that you need to do in a day that's all that matters. Keeping fit with what you're doing now isn't a bad idea. If you want to work at getting bigger in the future you can make the appropriate changes.

    It's good that you're very active instead of like so many people who just sit around and don't do shit.
    Ditto and by the way dinner is over rated...eat dinner during weekend dinner parties...unless you are a farmer...you do not need dinner.
  • TexanMan82

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    Oct 03, 2008 11:04 PM GMT
    LutherGooch said
    muchmorethanmuscle saidIf you want to get bigger then you'll have to make the changes to your eating schedule, the amount you eat in order to do so.

    For now if you're content with where you're at then there's no problem. As long as you have the energy to do all that you need to do in a day that's all that matters. Keeping fit with what you're doing now isn't a bad idea. If you want to work at getting bigger in the future you can make the appropriate changes.

    It's good that you're very active instead of like so many people who just sit around and don't do shit.
    Ditto and by the way dinner is over rated...eat dinner during weekend dinner parties...unless you are a farmer...you do not need dinner.


    Huh? So when is your last meal and when do you go to bed?
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    Oct 09, 2008 4:54 AM GMT
    Awesome, thanks for replying. These forums are great. I decided to just lay off the gym. I kind of felt that it was not worth it. I wouldn't go anywhere with building muscle, and I can use that hour for something else. Besides lifting is no fun for me. =)