Does running, cycling and swimming help skinny guys build muscle if they ain't able to hit the gym?

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    Apr 07, 2014 10:25 AM GMT
    Looking for some great advice
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    Apr 07, 2014 5:20 PM GMT
    NO. Lift heavy weight and eat 6x a day. If u must do cardio do HIIT cardio 2x a week for 15 min. Long cardio sessions burn muscle!
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    Apr 07, 2014 5:32 PM GMT
    Cycling will build your legs, running not so much. Swimming does a little, but eh...not much.

    No gym? You can do pull-ups, push-ups, lunges, curls, extensions, presses, etc. with your own body weight (and a wall/beam/support). See http://www.realjock.com/article/1164.
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    Apr 07, 2014 6:17 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidCycling will build your legs, running not so much. Swimming does a little, but eh...not much.

    No gym? You can do pull-ups, push-ups, lunges, curls, extensions, presses, etc. with your own body weight (and a wall/beam/support). See http://www.realjock.com/article/1164.



    Well is it the "RealJock Complete Strength 12-Week Workout Program" or "RealJock Strength Foundation 12-Week Workout Program "??

    I am confused How should I do cardio exercise without hitting the gym?
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    Apr 07, 2014 6:40 PM GMT
    its better than not working out at all, but the only real way to build muscle is to lift weights and eat a lot of good, bodybuilding food (look up bodybuilding diets online). Take away either of those, and you won't build much muscle.

    That said, pushups and pullups will build some muscle, just not nearly as much as weight training
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    Apr 07, 2014 6:44 PM GMT
    NO. By doing aerobic exercise, you are doing just the opposite.

    You can buy some adjustable dumbbells and other small home equipment to help though.
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    Apr 07, 2014 7:52 PM GMT
    Thats all I've done and thus, my body :-)

    Also lifted/dragged kegs :O
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    Apr 08, 2014 2:08 AM GMT
    Nope. Those things will keep skinny guys skinny, and fat guys fat.
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    Apr 08, 2014 3:58 AM GMT
    SteveMarc saidI am confused How should I do cardio exercise without hitting the gym?


    Now I am confused. Cardio exercise is running and cycling and swimming.

    I don't know what kind of body you want. If you want to look like a bodybuilder, I would think running, swimming, etc. won't do much good. But if you Google Images "(naked) men triathlon," you find a bunch of mighty fine specimen.
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    Apr 08, 2014 9:05 AM GMT
    xbuffed saidNO. Lift heavy weight and eat 6x a day. If u must do cardio do HIIT cardio 2x a week for 15 min. Long cardio sessions burn muscle!


    On the contrary, It will help you build muscle - yes. Not the kind of muscle that you're thinking of, though.

    Cardio builds lean/small muscle tissue (depending on the activity) and helps promote muscle growth throughout the body. You're building endurance and increasing circulation; both beneficial to muscle growth throughout the body. If you're asking whether or not you can get huge pecs coupled with massive triceps/biceps with aerobic exercises alone, the answer is no; you'll have to pump iron and excise anaerobic workouts for that.

    It isn't so much the frequency in which you eat, but what you eat and when you eat it. Obviously, eating at McDonalds 6x a day isn't going to do much good for your health. Figuring out a healthy balance for you and what your caloric/nutritional intake is/would be ideal. Everyone has different nutritional needs in terms of quantity.

    One myth that I hate is that aerobic cardiovascular workouts burn muscle. This is only true if you weigh 90lbs (you are very light/underweight), you are nutritionally deprived or you are out running marathons every day. 20-40minutes or 5-10 miles of cardio a day isn't going to burn you alive.

    HIIT is effective but it is also very intense and can be easily misused or overdone. Do your research before working something like this into your fitness regimen. If you're already a "skinny guy" not looking to cut fat quickly, you're probably best just sticking with cardio.

    If you're not able to hit the gym, there are lots of cheap alternatives. People are getting rid of equipment for cheap all of the time on craigslist and there are quite a few strength workouts that can be done right in your living room. If you want some good resources, let me know.
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    Apr 08, 2014 11:05 AM GMT
    Thanks for all of your advice.

    Actually I have time schedule problem for not being able to hit the gym until two months from now.

    It seems that hitting the gym is mandatory. I want to get a muscular body of course and go bare on the beach not with the impression of a twink.

    A protein diet is also necessary. Since I am a veggie that is also a problem to get that hell lot of protein help me build muscle.

  • Jun 25, 2014 5:18 PM GMT
    unfortunately...no they don't. however, those exercises will burn fat.

    if you can't hit the gym on a regular basis, try doing push-ups, bench/chair dips, different ab exercises, body-weight squats, walking lunges and pull-ups at home or at a park.

    you can make pretty good muscle gains by doing these exercises...using different rep and set configurations.

    good luck!!!
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    Jun 25, 2014 5:25 PM GMT
    SteveMarc saidThanks for all of your advice.

    Actually I have time schedule problem for not being able to hit the gym until two months from now.

    It seems that hitting the gym is mandatory. I want to get a muscular body of course and go bare on the beach not with the impression of a twink.

    A protein diet is also necessary. Since I am a veggie that is also a problem to get that hell lot of protein help me build muscle.

    Not sure what you mean by a "veggie" but if you will do dairy, whey protein powders can add a lot of protein without bulk. No animals harmed.