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ForeverSpartan
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Posted: 07 January 2006 at 04:34 | IP Logged Quote ForeverSpartan

I been running steadly each day or every two days for about 7 months now.
I have lost about 15kgs and am in very good shape considerd to the chubby guy that was me 7 months back.
The runs use to be 20 mins long but now I run for about 1 hour.
The thing is I wanna build some muscle and was wondering if running for an hour will aid in that or maybe cause muscle to be wasted and I become real skinny?
Please excuse me if I sound crazy Im not to clued in with muscles etc, I ran to loose fat and It has worked :)
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Posted: 08 January 2006 at 00:24 | IP Logged Quote ah_dut

Ok, are you reading the SHR right? (I trust you are since you have spartan in your name and this place is swamped with spartans) go pump iron and eat more! No, I'm not joking about the eating more.

As a personal note, I prefer a mix of sprints and weights as opposed to steady state cardio. It keeps me extremely lean while letting me put on muscle.

Seriously though, just do the heavy compound lifts (once you know what you're doing...)

Long periods of cardio do negatively affect muscle mass...but I wouldn't worry about that TOO much now unless it's a pressing emergency. If you like long distance running power to you. I personally don't but that's probably because I'm crap at it. I think you may do well shortening the sessions to say twenty minutes and going much higher intensity.
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Posted: 28 January 2006 at 20:24 | IP Logged Quote nickphillipps

i have to disagree with that last post. long distance running shouldnt cause you to lose any muscle mass. your body will use muscle as fuel but only when all fat reserves have been used, but for that you would have to run a lot longer then an hour.start doing some body weight exercises and eat a lot or protein and that should get you on your way.

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Posted: 29 January 2006 at 15:56 | IP Logged Quote Andrew

nickphillipps wrote:

i have to disagree with that last post. long distance running shouldnt cause you to lose any muscle mass. your body will use muscle as fuel but only when all fat reserves have been used, but for that you would have to run a lot longer then an hour.start doing some body weight exercises and eat a lot or protein and that should get you on your way.

Say Ah_Dut, isn't there a connection in terms of mass and aerobic vs. anaerobic exercise?

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Posted: 29 January 2006 at 20:52 | IP Logged Quote ah_dut

That's wrong to my knowledge nick. As fat is highly dehydrated, the body actually eats up muscle first...Also, you've got to consider adaptation. There is little reason for your body to keep much muscle as an adaptation to long distance running. Think about it, the muscle doesn't do anything for you as in terms of long distance running. That msucle also takes away energy so your body just sheds it...

That's the explanation as far as I understand it
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Posted: 08 April 2008 at 13:24 | IP Logged Quote rere

I agree running is the best for cardio, if you run for a long period the body will shed fat and muscle, when your getting fit and the running times are quick you need to shorten the time period and increase the intensity.

I used to love running but i always had a problem with my knees

Although skipping is something i am currently thinking about at the moment.

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Posted: 12 April 2008 at 01:09 | IP Logged Quote Yvette Savage

I have a theory. based on a lot of personal clients experiences, that most-
if not all pain, injury etc from running is due to almost universal poor
running technique-even among so called "elite" runners.

By switching to NATURAL running methods running becomes a joy rather
than a painful chore.

Do a search for Chi Running or Pose Running ( or go here:
store.posetech.com/?Click=2423) or Barefoot Running to learn
more.

PREPARE TO BE SHOCKED AND DISMAYED!

Hint HINT - There is LOTS of free info on these methods so you don't
actually have to buy anything to learn how to do it.



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Posted: 14 April 2008 at 12:52 | IP Logged Quote rere

Yvette Savage wrote:
I have a theory. based on a lot of personal clients experiences, that most-
if not all pain, injury etc from running is due to almost universal poor
running technique-even among so called "elite" runners.

By switching to NATURAL running methods running becomes a joy rather
than a painful chore.

Do a search for Chi Running or Pose Running ( or go here:
store.posetech.com/?Click=2423) or Barefoot Running to learn
more.

PREPARE TO BE SHOCKED AND DISMAYED!

Hint HINT - There is LOTS of free info on these methods so you don't
actually have to buy anything to learn how to do it.



 

thanks ill have a look at these.

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Posted: 26 January 2010 at 16:55 | IP Logged Quote 20Kombat

If you are running EVERY DAY...your body is likely to be in a catabolic state...which is exactly what you want to avoid if you are hoping to gain muscle mass.

My advice would be to cut the cardio down to max 3 times a week, get in the gym the other days lifting some heavy weights with compound exercises...make sure you eat plenty good quality food (if you start getting fat...simply alter the food intake...)...everybody is different - but in general...weight lifting / resistance training will burn plenty calories because your muscles are working long after you stop.

Also as has been said...it is PROVEN that interval training is more effective at burning fat than long, drawn out steady state cardio sessions. I dont have the article to hand, but I saw somewhere that an effective interval cardio session for 30 minutes can burn the same fat as 1 hour steady state....you do the math!!!

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