I purchased a 12 week program a few days ago, and am about ready to get started now that I have all the tools I need. I will be officially starting Monday June 14, 2010 at the Gym and follow the program religiously to the very end and keep going.
My program goes basically like this:
Day 1 - Chest & Triceps
Day 2 - Cardio, 30 minutes total
Day 3 - Legs, Shoulders & Abs
Day 4 - Cardio, 30 minutes total
Day 5 - Back & Biceps
Day 6 & 7 REST
I have a question about Days 2 and 4, as these are both Cardio only days every week.
I am a very skinny guy. I could eat a whole cheese cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day 24/7 and never gain a single pound. That's the kind of body I have. I currently weigh 140-145 (varies) and I'm about 5'10".
My main concern is because of my body type, will them 30 minute cardio days burn off what I could potentially gain in muscle weight? Should I skip days 2 and 4 and just use them as rest days? Or would it be better to just cut the cardio times in half? I just don't want to make any mistakes. Because of my body type, should I do any Cardio at all? (besides warming up before lifting)
I'm confident that I can gain as much muscle weight as I want by eating right, lifting right and taking the right supplements. I just don't want to exercise it all off on days 2 and 4. What should I do on those days? This forum seems very experienced in this matter and I would highly value anyone's opinion.
If you spent money on the routine, shouldn't it come with these answers?
They will help if you can keep gaining weight. If you have troubles gaining weight, then drop them.
You are burning calories, and energy doing cardio. I would wait 8 weeks or so until you build a strong base, and put on ten to fifteen pounds until you add cardio unless you are training for a sport.
Had you asked that 10 years ago, I would probably have told you to skip the cardio in the short term. However, research since that time has shown that cardio work (when not overdone) can actually help increase muscle weight growth (by creating a more favorable hormone profile). In other words, the benefits of cardio will outweigh the calories the cardio will burn. 2x a week isn't a lot, it will work in your favor.