Max Cardio in a week

  • Warren

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    Nov 05, 2007 7:51 PM GMT
    Just a quick question:
    How much cardio is recommended in a week? I usually do 3x a week for an hour, but I wanted to step it up a bit. Is it ok to do everyday for the same amount of time? I do 3 days of weight training as well, how will that impact it?


    Thanks for all your help.
  • Laurence

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    Nov 06, 2007 9:54 AM GMT
    Hi Warren

    Is there a maximum cardio you can do a week? People like long distance runners must do loads and it's not harming them (in the short term).

    I have heard from different sources that anymore cardio than an hour at a time is pointless, but not sure if doing cardio more than 4 time a week will harm your body.

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    Nov 07, 2007 6:07 PM GMT
    I try and run 3-3.5 miles a day every day. Is that too much? I don't think so, my body seems to be handling it well (a good pair of shoes is essential though).

    I like a lot of cardio to keep the weight off, I have always been prone to be about 10 lbs. over my ideal weight.
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    Nov 08, 2007 2:50 PM GMT
    In my preparation phase I do 14-20 hours a week and weight work on top of that.

    In my competition phase I do less hours, but it's a lot more intense.

    Warren, you can probably do more. I suggest bringing it up gradually. A genearl rule of thumb is an increase of 10% every week.
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    Nov 12, 2007 8:47 AM GMT
    Iv heard from quite a few people that 4x a week at about 45 mins per session is as much to raise your metabolism as possible... I guess it depends if your cutting or bulking.. personally I do it about 5 times a week at 30 mins per session and seem to keep any weight off and then some and still feel great too.
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    Nov 15, 2007 6:12 PM GMT
    I think the most important thing in regards to cardio is to listen to your body. I try to run about 30-35 miles a week, but if I'm sore, or something's starting to hurt I'll back off of it and take a day off. Pushing through pain isn't going to make me stronger or faster.

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    Jul 10, 2008 12:05 PM GMT
    I use to do 90 to 120 min every day for several years along with my weight training. I was very fit at the time, but sleep demand goes up quite a bit.
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    Jul 10, 2008 1:02 PM GMT
    walkslikeromance saidIv heard from quite a few people that 4x a week at about 45 mins per session is as much to raise your metabolism as possible... I guess it depends if your cutting or bulking.. personally I do it about 5 times a week at 30 mins per session and seem to keep any weight off and then some and still feel great too.


    The raise in metabolism from cardio is emphemeral. It subsides after a few hours. It is weight training that increases your resting metabolic rate.

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    Jul 12, 2008 5:06 AM GMT
    According to the RJ ideals you should be 145 pounds so you have some weight to lose.

    I suggest 7 days a week, 1'5 hours of cardio at a time early in the morning before breakfast.

    Cut all carbs.

    And do circuit training in the evenings for 40 mins 5 times a week, high reps low weights.

    Once you whittle down to 145 pounds you will fit in just fine.

    Oh and a shake for breakfast, shake for lunch and nothing else for six months.


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    OK I am serious now:
    3 times a week an hour cardio is already a LOT of cardio. If you're going to change anything try doing more times a week for less length of time. You're burning so much you're looking flat instead of muscular and that's exactly what will happen if you're doing the wrong kind of cardio and training. How do I know? I was there once.