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  • Posted On: 11-17-19, 5:19 pm (EST) #1

    Triathletes and Martial Arts

    November 17, 2019, 5:19 pm

    Scott,


    You've helped me a few times before with answered questions so I just want to thank you first off for all the help in the past.


    It's now officially the start of training season for next years Triathlon season. I am excited for it, but there's only one problem... Or maybe 2:

    I am addicted to going to the gym, and I am starting up my combatives training again.


    I love the grind. I think it helps me keep myself centered throughout the day, and lets me be all around more functional and strong. I want to train triathlon and martial arts 5/6 days a week, ON TOP of lifting 5 days a week. I have a plan that involves 4 Sessions with different focuses every day (save sunday and saturday every other week), including Yoga/Martial Arts, Cardio, and 2 Lifting (which is mainly programmed with compound movements) sessions.


    Here are my questions essentially:

    1) What decides the maximum volume a body can output without injury or overtraining?

    2) What is it about long distance cardio that makes hypertrophy/ strength gain difficult?


    Thank you again for all the help. I am trying to make sure that I understand the nitty gritty of how training affects the body and mind, and for me these questions have been hard to answer beyond me simply guessing.


    ~Nate



  • Posted On: 11-27-19, 5:35 pm (EST) #2

    Triathletes and Martial Arts

    November 27, 2019, 5:35 pm
    Posted by: jenix105

    Scott,


    You've helped me a few times before with answered questions so I just want to thank you first off for all the help in the past.


    It's now officially the start of training season for next years Triathlon season. I am excited for it, but there's only one problem... Or maybe 2:

    I am addicted to going to the gym, and I am starting up my combatives training again.


    I love the grind. I think it helps me keep myself centered throughout the day, and lets me be all around more functional and strong. I want to train triathlon and martial arts 5/6 days a week, ON TOP of lifting 5 days a week. I have a plan that involves 4 Sessions with different focuses every day (save sunday and saturday every other week), including Yoga/Martial Arts, Cardio, and 2 Lifting (which is mainly programmed with compound movements) sessions.


    Here are my questions essentially:

    1) What decides the maximum volume a body can output without injury or overtraining?

    2) What is it about long distance cardio that makes hypertrophy/ strength gain difficult?


    Thank you again for all the help. I am trying to make sure that I understand the nitty gritty of how training affects the body and mind, and for me these questions have been hard to answer beyond me simply guessing.


    ~Nate



    @jenix105 You are welcome for the help in the past my friend!


    Lots of activity for you, that's awesome man! For your questions...


    1) Basically it's very hard to overtrain. The main problem that makes overtraining actually occur is usually more to do with under-eating or under-recovering. So that means not eating enough food to compensate for all the training you're doing, or not having enough rest days or not sleeping enough etc. So it's important to make sure that you're both eating enough food to fuel all of these different sessions, but also that you are getting enough rest and time to recover to avoid injuries.


    2) It's not so much long distance cardio that makes hypertrophy or strength gain difficult, it's usually just that with long distance cardio comes a lot of calorie burn and often people don't eat enough to keep themselves in a surplus. One big thing to focus on with long distance stuff is that you're getting plenty of carbs in before and possibly even during your cardio, so that your body is using carbs for fuel rather than muscle.


    Hope that helps Nate!

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