Boot Camp Workout

  • rangerboots

    Posts: 3

    Mar 08, 2015 1:23 AM GMT
    I've recently gotten really focused with power lifting. Setting a modest goal surpassing it and then moving on to a bigger goal has been really great for my self confidence. However I havent been getting any cardio. Today I decided to add the Army Physical Fitness Test to my routine and set a base for fitness level not just strength.

    The reason I'm writing this is to ask if I may be over doing it? I hit the gym pretty hard in the mornings and I know tacking on a 5 mile run to that is asking a lot from my body, especially considering I'm not the most physically fit man out there or on here. Anyone want to weigh in?
  • Kovyn

    Posts: 117

    Mar 08, 2015 9:28 AM GMT
    2 words: Rich Piana.

  • bro4bro

    Posts: 1030

    Mar 09, 2015 1:02 AM GMT
    I run almost every day immediately following my gym workout. I only go 3.5 miles but I go hard (running is my franchise; I still compete in road races and masters' track meets - currently ranked 3rd on the US and 5th in the world for my age group in the mile!).

    You can't become a huge bodybuilder if you're going to be running distance; they work against each other. I'm more muscular than everyone I run against (especially the ones who beat me), but I'm not at all a big guy. Running like I do makes it very hard to gain a lot of mass, and if I did have that mass I wouldn't be near as good a runner.

    You can, however, maintain a very nice lean-and-ripped physique by combining weights and running.
  • jjguy05

    Posts: 459

    Mar 09, 2015 2:42 AM GMT
    rangerboots saidI've recently gotten really focused with power lifting. Setting a modest goal surpassing it and then moving on to a bigger goal has been really great for my self confidence. However I havent been getting any cardio. Today I decided to add the Army Physical Fitness Test to my routine and set a base for fitness level not just strength.

    The reason I'm writing this is to ask if I may be over doing it? I hit the gym pretty hard in the mornings and I know tacking on a 5 mile run to that is asking a lot from my body, especially considering I'm not the most physically fit man out there or on here. Anyone want to weigh in?


    Are you looking at a bootcamp class that makes you run 5 miles? That's insanity.

    Although you're doing powerlifting, not bodybuilding, you still need to grow in order to powerlift, and long distance running will counter that. OTOH, a mild bootcamp class that doesn't include running should be fine, at least as far as I know.

    Even better: walk. You'd be amazed at what an effective fat-burner walking is for lifters. I stopped doing "cardio".

    https://www.t-nation.com/training/get-ripped-get-walking

    (In case anyone wants to make a snarky comment that I'm not lean in my pictures...they were all taken in the winter time when I don't walk as much).