View Full Version : How much cardio do you do?

01-11-2005, 02:29 PM
I'm trying to get bigger and I feel like I should be doing cardio for health reasons, but the idea of burning an extra 300 calories is really unappealling.

How much cardio do you do when bulking?

01-11-2005, 02:33 PM
10-15 minutes post workout heart rate between 120-135

01-11-2005, 03:04 PM
workout days - 40min cross trainer - HR 150 -
Non-workout days - 40min run - 40 min cross trainer

01-11-2005, 03:22 PM
i vary mine usually about 3x a week though from hiit to medium to slow intensity from short to long durations :) but usually about 3x a week at least.

01-11-2005, 04:02 PM
20 minutes twice a week on non lifting days at a heart rate of about 160. It's worth the cardiovascular benifit to burn those calories. You just have to be sure to replace them.

01-11-2005, 08:13 PM
i been slacking on the cardio this winter big time. I was doing 15 minutes of eliptical at higher intensity 2 times a week and bike or walk 15 minutes the other days before workout. Now i'am doing 10 minute fast walk on tread mill before workout barely hitting 115 for my heart rate. In the spring when I cut I plan to start running again 3 times a week high intensity intervals at atleast 30 minutes. I feel myself gasping for air a lot more then I used to right now it sucks but I'am really trying to concentrate on gaining as much muscle as I can.

Best thing to do while bulking if you wanna do cardio is do cardio in the morning then lift in the afternoon. But everyones schedule don't usually allow for that. I know mine don't right now.

Den Fisher
01-11-2005, 08:16 PM
Cardio? No way.

01-12-2005, 11:00 AM
I do an hour on the exercise bike at 155-160 heart rate first thing in the morning on non-weight days. This works out at 4 sessions per week. I've cut down from 12 hours per week!!

I'm eating lots as I am going for muscle mass and so far I am seeing very good results. For me the cardio just adds the extra feeling of fitness, I love the feeling of a brutal 60 minute session.

It's not been detrimental as I'm still growing and poundages are increasing so I'm happy. Most weight trainers will tell you its a bad way to train cardio, what I do. Until it stops working I will continue doing it though and then change the cardio.

01-13-2005, 12:28 AM
I play hockey, for about 2 hours at night, maybe 2, 3 times a week.

01-13-2005, 08:18 AM
When gaining usually 15-20 mins of HIIT on my day off

01-16-2005, 11:57 PM
I always just run on off days so i dont feel like i did nothing

muscle chic
01-17-2005, 07:38 AM
I use the bike at the gym and put it on level 17-20 for 30 min three times a week.

01-18-2005, 03:40 PM
20-30min. 3 times a week

01-18-2005, 04:50 PM
and you call yourself a cardio king

01-18-2005, 05:00 PM
i do about 8-10 min a day just to warm up before my workout

01-18-2005, 05:23 PM
i do after my workouts or before, plus spinning, plus body pump, mind you not all the time i take those classes!

01-18-2005, 09:58 PM
For optimum fat loss, the guys on the road cycling team at the school I went to (WWU) all do cardio sessions of at least 1 hour... thus optimum heart rate is achieved and maintained long enough to burn some serious calories (600ish / hour minimum).

I have been following their advice with great success, but, obviously you gotta either ride on the road (to keep you occupied) or get a game boy and some headphones (to keep you occupied). 60 mins just sitting there is an awful lot if you have nothing to do.


01-19-2005, 08:00 AM
and you call yourself a cardio king

I am not cardioking because I do 24 hours of cardio a day. I am cardioking because I found a way to do minimal amounts of cardio with what I believe are maximum fat loss results with zero muscle loss!

01-19-2005, 08:17 AM
lemme guess, hiit ? :)

01-19-2005, 01:34 PM
lemme guess, hiit ? :)

you got it!!!!!!! :clap: :thumbup: :nod: :) :) :D

Vapour Trails
01-19-2005, 01:47 PM
Zero, Zilch, nada

01-19-2005, 05:39 PM
I do the minimum amount of cardio possible so I can enjoy it longer. When I was in high school almost 6 years ago I ran cross country and was up to 45-50 miles a week. I got burnt out and now I hate to run. So I do eliptical training and biking. Sometimes I row but its harder to do HIIT with that.

01-19-2005, 06:03 PM
Probably not enough, 1-hour walk, 3-5 times per week