Cardio confusion

  • Artesin

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    Jan 16, 2008 6:29 AM GMT
    I'm quite torn when it comes to cardio because I really don't know how to utilize it, especially when I'm trying to gain weight.

    As I've said before I'm not typical. I'm 5'11, 162 lbs with 6% body fat. not to mention I am a vegetarian. my issue with cardio is that I'm trying to gain more weight and being that I usually run for 10 min at a speed of 7.0-9.0 on a treadmill everytime I go to the gym I don't really know how its affecting me. I'm also not sure if it classifies as anaerobic which would be even worse since calories would continue to be burned instead of the 150-175 I burn while just doing cardio. Which leads me to thinking that if I burn 150 calories doing just cardio then I should be able to eat 150 extra in fat/protein and not lose any weight or hinder the building process ?
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    Jan 16, 2008 10:23 AM GMT
    death_dodge saidI'm quite torn when it comes to cardio because I really don't know how to utilize it, especially when I'm trying to gain weight.

    As I've said before I'm not typical. I'm 5'11, 162 lbs with 6% body fat. not to mention I am a vegetarian. my issue with cardio is that I'm trying to gain more weight and being that I usually run for 10 min at a speed of 7.0-9.0 on a treadmill everytime I go to the gym I don't really know how its affecting me. I'm also not sure if it classifies as anaerobic which would be even worse since calories would continue to be burned instead of the 150-175 I burn while just doing cardio. Which leads me to thinking that if I burn 150 calories doing just cardio then I should be able to eat 150 extra in fat/protein and not lose any weight or hinder the building process ?


    Several points here if yuo are doing it before your weights then its effort that could have gone into the weights which is your primary goal

    On the calorie front you are right

    Bu here comes the big but, if you are doing this on your off days from weights you are limiting your recovery and in recovery comes muscle repair and growth
  • GQjock

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    Jan 16, 2008 12:08 PM GMT
    If you're trying to gain muscle mass
    cardio really isn't doin you much good

    I'd stick to pushin the weights around for a while and see where that gets you

    I bet you're going to see a big difference
  • Artesin

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    Jan 16, 2008 5:37 PM GMT
    Ok thanks, just wanted to verify my thoughts. I go to the gym maybe 3-5 times a week usually do the cardio whenever I go in unless its hot as shit so recovery probably is limited. Although how does cardio work together with weights? Obviously it would increase your endurance and strengthen your heart to deliver oxygen to your blood faster but aside from that is there any other significance?
  • Timbales

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    Jan 17, 2008 2:55 AM GMT
    Is your gym normally really busy? One thing you may want to try is doing your cardio in between sets of lifting. You may also want to look at things like boxing classes.
  • USMCjock

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    Jan 17, 2008 6:46 AM GMT
    Cardio starts to count when your heart rate is in the 'target' heartbeat rate for 18 minutes- they have shown that 9 minutes in the am, and 9 in the pm is same/same. Technically speaking, your 10 minutes on the dreadmill is NOT gonna trigger your metabolism to burn your precious stored (6%- I HATE YOU!) body fat.

    That being said, weight training is a great weight loss exercise because the body continues to burn calories hours after that last set of squats/curls/etc.
    Get back to me in 12 years, when your question will be "I ate ONE peanut at 10pm, and gained FIVE pounds!!"
    The aerobic-'lite' you are doing is important, much more important than stretching, as it gets the blood moving. I would continue it. Good luck, hope that kinda helps!
  • Artesin

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    Jan 18, 2008 6:52 AM GMT
    hah 6% sucks when your not built like a marine but that helped, good to know I can continue it without damaging my goals.