While trying to add muscle size is it still ok to do a limited amount of cardio..Im doing 4 -30 minutes of incline walking a week...I know too much can hurt gains but how is this amount..I never get my heart rate above the fat burning zone..I try to keep it low if I can.
Sounds ok. I'm starting to love cardio!
I am a very hard gainer, so I don't really do any cardio. I just run on the treadmill for 5 minutes before my workout to get my blood pumping. I workout 3 times a week, so I do a total of 15 mins. Then I get started on my warmups.
I think cardio is fine if you are bulking. It never hurts to burn off fat, just don't go over board and you won't hurt your muscle growth. I'm in a cutting phase right now and am doing quite well, and am still putting on significant muscle. Maybe I'm a freak, but I think cardio is good.
I'd say 3 20 minute (HIT) or 3 30-40 minute (LIT) session a week would be fine. It's good for your heart as well...
PS. I'm beginning to like cardio as well. Hated it at first. It starts to get addicting as your endurance increases.
I do 3 cardio sessions a week consisting of 10 minutes each on the following:
Stationary bike - Level 8 out of 10/hills - variable pace
Elipital Machine - Level 15 out of 20/hills - variable pace
Treadmill - Speed from 3 - 7 mph, incline from 10 - 15%
Sometimes I'll substitute running hills (5x100 yard sprints, the grade must be around 35% or so) in lieu of the treadmill, but this is very strenuous, so I usually do this immediately after a leg routine to ensure enough rest.
I practice HIIT (high intensity interval training) methods on all the movments.
Each Sunday I do a Mt. Bike ride varying from 8 - 15 miles, but that's just for fun. I don't count this in my cardio routine.
This would seem to be on the high side of activity on this board, but my goals are more of an overall athletic body than a bodybuilding specific type physique.