Body Language

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    Aug 06, 2008 12:15 AM GMT
    Dear Realjock fellas,

    It's been such a treat to be a part of a site where most guys are so kind and positive. I try and maintain the same mantra, and it's been a great experience thus far.

    A little about me: I'm a runner and have been since freshman year of high school where I ran cross country and still compete to this day. While I don't run for University, I do run on my own every day and train for races that I know will challenge me.

    Unfortunately, I have never been able to have the super defined chest and abs that I see so many other bean-pole runners possess that I train with. They are probably doing something I haven't picked up on and I was hoping maybe you all could tell me what to do, and also help me to monitor my progress!

    I think it would be awesome if anyone would be willing to help me through it, especially if you have a background in running.

    Thanks so much,

  • Bunjamon

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    Aug 06, 2008 3:31 AM GMT
    Genetically you just might not have the morphological structure to develop a super-defined chest? But this site is full of chest exercises that will make it so you can change things up frequently to try to achieve maximum results.

    Runners don't tend you use their chests a whole lot, so by running alone you're not going to get the results to want. Start swimming, circuit training, doing supersets of push-ups, flys on your back, etc, in addition to running. Just make sure you're getting enough to eat to fuel your cardio and have enough left over to actually build muscle.

    Hope that helps! Us ectomorphs have our work cut out for us!
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    Aug 06, 2008 3:41 AM GMT
    I know what kind of body you're going for because I'm going for it too.

    I don't know what other runners do, probably lift weights and I'm not saying I have a super defined chest, but I find cranking out 100-300 push ups as well as pull ups 5 or 6 days a week to be great cross training. When I do these on a consistent basis I notice that my upper body's much more relaxed. Also, you're not wasting a lot of energy trying to hold your arms up and keeping them moving in the right direction. It just feels more natural. Build up your numbers gradually and give your body rest. It's like building up your training steps at first.

    Core work is essential for running. There are a variety of exercises you can do, but make sure you're targeting every muscle group (upper abs, lower abs, obliques, and lower back) instead of just cranking out 100s of crunches. Diet's also essential. I know that there have been countless times that I've excused myself for overindulging because I'm a runner. Don't be afraid to experiment with new healthy food combinations. I am now addicted to spinach leaves with pineapple, raisins, and a few almonds as well as carrot and celery sticks with this really hot salsa I make.

  • GQjock

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    Aug 06, 2008 8:09 AM GMT
    Guys who run a lot build muscle mass in their legs and core muscles at the expense of their upper torso musculature
    Take a look at most of the elite runners around today
    Most of them have thin upper bodies
    You can eat more and and some mass to your chest and back through weight lifting but it will be at the expense of your running prowess