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  • Posted On: 04-16-18, 11:16 am (EDT) #1

    To Cardio or NOT to cardio????

    April 16, 2018, 11:16 am

    As a newbie to actually wanting to put on muscle (against years of being lean and'skinny' from running)...local PT in gym said 'eat more and NO cardio'...yet all the plans/routines here add the cardio - in the push/pull for example is the circuit stuff..

    Was told 'build muscle first and THEN shred fat'...yes or no???

  • Posted On: 04-16-18, 12:38 pm (EDT) #2

    To Cardio or NOT to cardio????

    April 16, 2018, 12:38 pm
    Posted by: Robf76

    As a newbie to actually wanting to put on muscle (against years of being lean and'skinny' from running)...local PT in gym said 'eat more and NO cardio'...yet all the plans/routines here add the cardio - in the push/pull for example is the circuit stuff..

    Was told 'build muscle first and THEN shred fat'...yes or no???

    If your goal is to gain muscle cardio is not need although it has its benifits and if not done excessivley then it will not hinder muscle gain. Supersets or Tri sets associated in Circuits are a great form of cardio but if you are eating properly don't worry about not building muscle. Plus the workout is great for helping fatigue your muscles faster. Just remember you heart will be working harder pumping more blood throughout the body. I would say don't stress about the cardio, if you are eating in a surplus and lifting at least 65%-85% of your 1RM you will build muscle.

     

     

  • Posted On: 04-16-18, 12:54 pm (EDT) #3

    To Cardio or NOT to cardio????

    April 16, 2018, 12:54 pm
    Posted by: Adawg38

    If your goal is to gain muscle cardio is not need although it has its benifits and if not done excessivley then it will not hinder muscle gain. Supersets or Tri sets associated in Circuits are a great form of cardio but if you are eating properly don't worry about not building muscle. Plus the workout is great for helping fatigue your muscles faster. Just remember you heart will be working harder pumping more blood throughout the body. I would say don't stress about the cardio, if you are eating in a surplus and lifting at least 65%-85% of your 1RM you will build muscle.

     

     

    Thanks for the reply - This is all new ground to me...am 6ft and now 83kg, but for years sat at 70kg as did long distance running so ALL cardio and no weights (maybe light to tick over)...so now want to flip things to how was in late teens (90kg and alot more defined).  Still struggling to eat nearly enough food though so am in huge deficits

  • Posted On: 04-17-18, 7:23 am (EDT) #4

    To Cardio or NOT to cardio????

    April 17, 2018, 7:23 am
    Posted by: Robf76

    As a newbie to actually wanting to put on muscle (against years of being lean and'skinny' from running)...local PT in gym said 'eat more and NO cardio'...yet all the plans/routines here add the cardio - in the push/pull for example is the circuit stuff..

    Was told 'build muscle first and THEN shred fat'...yes or no???

    I agree with Aaron. It's not needed, but it is good to have, especially when you're looking to keep your muscle gains lean. I suggest doing it 2 times a week if you can, but focus more on HIIT rather than LISS. You only need 15-20 minute HIIT sessions and doing that twice a week is more than enough along with your training (and if you are doing the PPL, the circuits are classed as HIIT so you wouldn't need to do extra cardio on top of those circuits).

  • Posted On: 04-17-18, 9:21 am (EDT) #5

    To Cardio or NOT to cardio????

    April 17, 2018, 9:21 am
    Posted by: Scott_Herman

    I agree with Aaron. It's not needed, but it is good to have, especially when you're looking to keep your muscle gains lean. I suggest doing it 2 times a week if you can, but focus more on HIIT rather than LISS. You only need 15-20 minute HIIT sessions and doing that twice a week is more than enough along with your training (and if you are doing the PPL, the circuits are classed as HIIT so you wouldn't need to do extra cardio on top of those circuits).

    Thanks Scott, I've just started the Pull/Push program so o0nwards and upwards

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