If I'm really skinny, should I skip the Cardio all together?

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    Oct 07, 2008 10:20 PM GMT
    I'm doing the Beginner's program on here, and I was thinking about whether or not I should just skip the cardio since I'm so skinny lol. My metabolism is light-speed, so I don't really need to worry about extra fat at all and I want to use everything I can toward building muscle.

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    Oct 07, 2008 10:29 PM GMT
    That speedy metabolism isn't going to last forever. It's good to get into good habits now. 20 minutes of moderate cardio 3 times a week is what men need to be in good cardiovacular health. Just because someone's thin, doesn't mean that their heart's healthy (but being young you have nothing to worry about it). Think of it as a preventive measure.
  • TexanMan82

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    Oct 07, 2008 11:38 PM GMT
    If I were you, I would limit my cardio to once a week and only HIIT.

    I would want all my calories to go towards building muscle.
  • EricLA

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    Oct 07, 2008 11:43 PM GMT
    Runninchlt saidThat speedy metabolism isn't going to last forever. It's good to get into good habits now. 20 minutes of moderate cardio 3 times a week is what men need to be in good cardiovacular health. Just because someone's thin, doesn't mean that their heart's healthy (but being young you have nothing to worry about it). Think of it as a preventive measure.


    Well, there are things you can do to promote a fast metabolism. Initially, that's why I started working out when I was 28. I'll be 42 in a month, and I still have the same metabolism. I do less than 30 minutes of cardio a week, but I tackle my lifting in a way as to keep my heart rate up (I do walk my dog a lot, too, but hardly at a cardio pace -- but that counts as calorie burning).

    I still eat sweets and eat 2-3 pints of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream a week. A couple of years ago the nurse who gave me my cholesterol reading told me I could eat more than that based on my results. Fortunately, I stuck with the 2-3 pints. But, Runinchlt makes good points above. Don't take the metabolism for granted. Of course, I eat well otherwise -- not a lot of red mean, a lot of chicken and ground turkey. Should eat more fish. I eat brown rice and whole grain pasta, but try not to overdue it when it comes to carbs.
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    Oct 07, 2008 11:47 PM GMT
    Tom_milehigh saidIs this "correct" ? icon_confused.gif


    Yes. Correct.

    As to "getting into good habits" -- I think that with a 19 year old metabolism and heart, "good habits" can just as easily mean going to the gym regularly to lift. I would say that was sufficient to satisfy the "good habits" goal.

    And while everyone's metabolism slows down, everyone is different. My metabolism slowed down, but that doesn't mean I need to do cardio to keep the fat from accumulating. It went from warp 7 down to warp 2, but it's still faster than the speed of light. What did go is my joints, and I so don't need extra pounding on them doing cardio that I don't need to keep my caloric balance. I'm 48, BTW, and I still don't do cardio. But that doesn't mean I'm going to project that prescription on anyone else.

    I also don't think it's a good idea to set up a workout regime based on suppositions about what's going to happen to someone's metabolism 20 years from now, based on statistics about the average male. Average is a mathematical concept. Rarely is any individual "average."
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Oct 07, 2008 11:57 PM GMT
    As someone else with a freakish metabolism: no. Don't skip the cardio entirely. Increased cardio function is good for daily life as well as for any sports you play. So instead of planning your cardio around weight loss, like most people do, plan it around what might be useful in your life. For normal daily life, there's not much better than climbing stairs, which also sort of counts as weight training given the force that puts on your rear and your legs--which is useful for the fact that your profile says you like fencing. If you play a sport like soccer (which you say you like) or frisbee, you'll definitely want both the endurance to run for a long time and the power to handle sprints, so interval training would be great for you. Since you also list triathlon, I'm assuming you don't want to completely lose your endurance, so you'll want the occasional bike ride or 5k run or whatnot. Swimming also isn't huge on calories burned but can help keep your heart and lungs in good shape. Keep up the cardio for your athletic goals, rather than caring about specific amounts of it as part of some prepackaged workout regimen.
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    Oct 08, 2008 12:00 AM GMT
    I only do cardio maybe once a week, and really only on weeks that I eat some pretty junky food.

    However, I have an extremely active job where I'm running around a kitchen cooking for 8 hours a day.

    Do what feels right.