Training Too Much?


I have been weight training and doing cardio for about 4 years now. Currently I am 18 5'9" and weigh 135 lbs.

As unbelievable as it sounds I would literally spend 7 hours a day exercising, about 3.5 doing cardio, and doing abs everyday all day, squeezing in sit-ups after every meal, and every half hour in between.

I recently had some sort of intervention in my mind that told me I was being stupid and doing everything wrong. I basically wasted 4 years.

I need your help in designing some kind of weight training plan, still including some cardio, and a basic outline of a nutrition plan in order to gain weight, at a reasonable rate, and stop eating away my muscles from the cardio.

Thank you so much for your help, and I hope that my story can be a success story in the end.

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Mike Behnken, MS, CSCS ANswers the Fitness Question

As you probably know, your story is very atypical. Yes, that much exercise is bad for you. Quality is ALWAYS more important than quantity with regards to exercise.

Cardio is important to keep your heart healthy and the correct cardio can help your muscles grow!

Sounds like you need a smart exercise plan. I'm working on a program where I can help people directly on my website. Unfortunately as much as I'd like to personally design everybody a custom program for their specific individual needs, it is impossible for me to keep up.

I will soon have a online consultation, and all my exercise videos for your ipod

In the meantime, the very best thing for you to do, would be to get everything on paper. Write down your goals, take a picture of your body and find a picture of the ideal body which you are trying to achieve and go from there.

If you want to look athletic you need to train like an athlete. If you want to look like a bodybuilder you must train like a bodybuilder. If you want to look like a sumo wrestler...hmmm, never mind, you get the point.

You should spend no more than an hour exercising 4-5 days a week. To grow you need recovery time and a balanced diet.

Check out the top 5 every day foods list, it is no BS, make sure you eat those foods EVERY SINGLE DAY with your normal diet and you will almost be guaranteed results.

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