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Old 03-09-2008, 01:04 PM   #1
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Default Running and WL, can they be friends?

So, I'm reading this NROLW book, and am semi-devastated that he seems to be saying running (the steady state type, which I just got into and love) is like the evil arch-enemy of WL (which I really want to do). Am I reading that wrong? Do I have to choose one or the other? I'm just talking about 3ish miles of jogging, 3 days a week. I'll choose if I have to, but I was hoping they'd work together, because I really like them both.
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Old 03-09-2008, 01:06 PM   #2
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Did you read the part where he said 'if you want to do steady state....'

Where you do some sort of burst activity, then do your running.

Also, you could try doing intervals but intervals for 3 miles might be a bit much?
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Old 03-09-2008, 01:19 PM   #3
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I don't think he means that it's the "evil arch enemy" of weight loss; I think he means that it's great for cardiovascular health, and yes, it burns some calories, but if you want the most for your metabolic buck, lifting and HIIT should come first. Then, if you have time and want to, you can throw some steady state in. At least, that's how I took it. Is SS Cardio the most effective for fat loss? No. So, he advocates the types of exercises that are the most effective for fat loss (lifting heavy + HIIT), and puts things like SS Cardio on the back burner.

If you love to run, then run! Or, try to work intervals into your run (sprint-walk-sprint-walk, etc.) If you're going to follow NROL4W, then you can do the workouts as prescribed, and add the SS Cardio onto whatever is suggested if you have the time and energy.
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Old 03-09-2008, 01:42 PM   #4
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Sorry, not weight "loss", weight lifting. He seems to be saying that when you go jogging or running at a steady pace, as opposed to intervals, that it has the opposite effect on your muscles that you are trying to achieve with weight lifting. I'm so confused. I figured the weight lifting would be good for building muscle (sorry if that's not the right term), increasing metabolism and longer fat burning, and the jogging (running later, I'm just not that fast yet, and all the runners say not to push the speed as a beginner) would be good cardio. I don't want the jogging to negate the lifting, though. Anybody here doing both with good results?
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Old 03-09-2008, 01:58 PM   #5
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Well I'm no expert but I am in the same boat. I don't think you have to choose, unless you wanted to compete at either. I think you can be a recreational runner and a weight lifter with no problems. I don't think that the jogging will negate the benefits of the WL, I just think that based on NROLW, which I did read, they're assuming that you might not have time to devote to three days a week of both.

I can't see a problem alternating days with running and the lifting programs. There's been some discussion about, if you were to combine the two into one workout, which you do first. That's a different issue. Also, I think the point in the book is not that there is no benefit to steady state cardio, just that for maximum results there may be better options. Also he discusses how the human body was designed for quick bursts rather than longer distances of running. If, like me, you're really looking at only 3 miles, I'm not sure it really fits.

Bottom line is do what you like and no, I don't see one negating the other, specifically on separate days. I think you'll find a few of us here who do both.

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Old 03-09-2008, 02:19 PM   #6
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Hi Cheryl,

I've done both, combining running with weight lifting with some success. I accomplished this during last summer before the book was released so I guess I didn't know any better.

Honestly though I struggled with which days to run so that my legs would get a rest after a heavy leg day. What I ended up doing was running after doing leg work but only for about a mile or a mile and a half. It was kind of "tacked on" to my workout at the end of my lifting session before I would do core work, stretches, cooldown. My main cardio was still HIIT on the elliptical for half an hour prior to my lifting sessions.

I think that if you enjoy running you should run. If you enjoy lifting by all means do that too. Is there a specific magic formula? I don't know and if there is it will work differently for me than it will for you. The one thing that I know for certain is that the best exercise is the one that makes you feel GREAT while you are doing it. It's the one that gives you that endorphin rush and makes you want to go back and do it again tomorrow. I really wouldn't look at it as an this or that kind of thing. What I have chosen to do at times is make one aspect take a little more priority or focus, in this case lifting, for a while and then when I need to change my workout again, place my focus upon running for a while. (Actually, this decision has kind of been made for me since I had both of my menisci partially removed this fall, no real distance running for me. But I can still put in a couple of miles here and there.)

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Old 03-09-2008, 03:16 PM   #7
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Thank you all for the helpful replies!

I have a possible workout plan brewing. Part of my problem is that I was already skating 3 nights a week, dance skating, which, despite the fact that I've been skating for over 36 years, and dance/jamskating for 4 years, is still a buttkicking workout (or legs and ankles, anyway).

I was hoping to be able to put the jogging and weight lifting together one day, in the morning, to leave as much rest time as possible (to recover from the lifting) before my next skating session. The skating practices are fixed, because other folks are involved, so I can't change those, otherwise I could do some type of 2 days on, 1 day off schedule.

So, here's the plan, at least for starters:
10 mins jogging for warmup.
NROL workout
possible 10-15 mins SS jogging, assuming the body is willing, lol.*
(*replace with intervals when NROL workouts get to that phase)
10+ mins walking for the cool down

approx 34-36 hrs rest before next skating workout
skate practice 2-4 hrs (2 are 2 hrs, one a week is 4 hrs)
approx 10 hrs rest before next NROL workout

like this:
Tu/Th/Sat (mornings) jog/NROL
Wed/Fri/Sun (eves) Skate
Mondays OFF/rest day

Does that sound remotely like a good schedule?
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Old 03-09-2008, 03:19 PM   #8
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As long as your talking about three mile jogs or run, I don't see a problem. HIIT will burn calories faster and increase the "afterburn", but a 3 mile jog isn't incompatible with your goals. What is incompatible is long distance/endurance running.

From personal experience, building and maintaining muscle and running long distances are incompatible. Four years ago I decided to run the Disney marathon. Over the course of training (4 months), I lost about 3 pounds but my body fat increased. I still lifted and ate clean- probably not enough carbs for the running, but certainly enough to maintain the lifting. LONG steady state cardio (my long runs each Saturday were 2-2/12 hours of mind numbing boredom...) ate muscle, leaving me fatter.

It makes scientific sense, but not intuitive. Most elite marathoners look like beef jerky, but I actually got fatter

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I only know what works for me. I run three miles a couple of days a week (steady state), do other aerobic activities the rest of the time (HIIT) and lift weights 5-6 days a week. My body fat percentage has gone down, and my weight has sort of stabilized (when I eat clean). I like running, too, and, for me, the combo has worked to give me a shape that I like.

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I run...a lot... marathon length and did not lose any muscle mass in the process and lost 40+lbs of FAT. Actually without doing any structured WL I gained 3 lbs of lean mass. Not a lot in terms of weight lifting gains, but certainly not eating my muscles.

I now run and lift and I see no inherent incompatibility. I am making strides in my lifting at about the pace I would expect given the time I allocate to it.
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Old 03-09-2008, 06:21 PM   #11
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I guess it all comes down to "what it's all for," and where I want to go with the lifting and the running. Right now, I just want to "move more" than I did before, and I'm trying to find things I'd enjoy, so I can stick to them. I'll give it a try, and see how I do. Thanks for all of your opinions and suggestions!
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Another angle is that a lot of the criticism I've seen about a lot of ss running is that it tends to make people prone to overuse injuries which can sometimes sideline you altogether.

For me the news that HIIT is more effective was super 'cause ss has always been ridiculously boring & difficult for me to stick too - lol!
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:02 PM   #13
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When you WL and do endurance running, you are confusing the body. It is not exactly sure what to adapt to. For endurance running, you don't need a lot of upper body strength, in fact, it is easier if the body doesn't have to lug around that muscle that it doesn't need. Fat is also a major source of fuel for endurance running, so once you start getting relatively lean, it may try to hold on to that precious fuel source and burn that burdensome upper body muscle instead.

When you weight lift, you are telling the body " more muscle please". The body is confused. What do you want it to do? It will look for a middle ground between these to competing goals meaning that you are not going to get optimal results in either direction.

This is more of an issue when you are relatively lean. When the body has plenty of fat stores, it won't try to conserve that fuel source as much and won't be as quick to turn to your muscle. Still far from optimal, but it all depends on your goals. If you really enjoy running, is giving it up worth it to eke out a bit more muscle gain. Probably not.

It also depends on what type of running you are doing. Running 3 miles steady state on a treadmill is one thing. Running outside is another. Street running is a lot less steady state than a lot of people think. Not only is it likely that you will ease up at times and speed up at others as you tire/recover a bit without even realizing, but you will get brief breaks when running downhill and stopping to let cars go by. You will also probably get the heart rate pumping quite high running uphills, against the wind, sprinting to avoid getting hit by cars, and sprinting to get away from that cute little pit bull down the street that just wants to play. In which case, you are working anaerobically much of the time and the adaptations will be much different.

Can they be friends. Not best friends, but certainly not enemies. Think back to the old show, "The Odd Couple." Opposites who can be friendly or could want to kill each other, but they definitely can coexist.

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Interesting thread, thanks all!
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I'm doing the same thing, running and continuing my weight training at the same time. I'm just as addicted to running now as I am to WT, so I'd hate to have to give one up So far, the WT has been supplementing the running, and I haven't seen any conflicts.

My way of thinking about it is that my body will never be in one constant state of being. When it comes to fitness, for me, there's no finish line. Once I meet my goals I make new ones and my body adapts to fit those new circumstances. If I ever choose to run a marathon I won't be doing it to lose body fat, I'll be doing it for the personal challenge involved and for the love of the sport. If I lose a bit of muscle mass doing so then I'm sure I will be able to gain it back with time. By the same token, if I choose to set a goal of lifting x amount of weight by x date, then I might lose some endurance with running but that's fixable too. If I choose to rock climb, kayak, swim, etc...

Anything that makes you motivated to work out is good. Do what's keeping you interested and what you love to do.

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