View Full Version : Should I be doing cardio?

11-29-2004, 01:24 PM
I'm trying to get bigger/stronger and have been working out for a couple months with that goal in mind. But I've been having trouble gaining either size or strength. I've also been doing cardio 4 times a week. I'm about 130 lbs and have been consuming around 2000 calories a day.

My question is, should I stop doing cardio or keep doing cardio and eat more? If the point of cardio is to burn calories, it seems like there'd be no point to keep doing cardio if I was going to eat more to make up for it....?

Paul Stagg
11-29-2004, 02:01 PM
Eat more.

Cardio doesn't burn all that many calories, unless you are doing very high intensity or marathon sessions.

There are other benefits to doing some form of 'cardio'.

11-29-2004, 07:45 PM
My first question is: how old are you? Unless you're really young, you're not eating enough to be bulking. If you're at least like 13 years old or older, you probably should eat more. Try raising to 2500 calories/day and see how that works. If it's not enough, raise more.

11-29-2004, 09:11 PM
try doubling your caloric intake ;)

11-29-2004, 11:05 PM

11-29-2004, 11:07 PM
Well 2000 calories about 15 or 16 calories per pound for me, which is what I've heard repeatedly is a good amount to gain muscle...

But to follow up, is there still a benefit to doing cardio if I'm just going to be eating more to make up for it?

11-29-2004, 11:21 PM
Even if you're small you need more than 2k cals to bulk. I would wager that you need at least 3000.

Canadian Crippler
11-29-2004, 11:50 PM
I'm 15, 5"9 162 and I take in about 4200 cals. Try upping to atleast 3k as ^^^ said, and then do more if you feel you can.

Nothin wrong with some good ol' cardio, just throw in an extra can of tuna or what not to your diet.