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Will I lose muscle if I do cardio first?


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I will be joining track in about a week, but will not be able to lift weights first, because practice would be right after school. It would end at about 5 or 5:45, and i'd get home and eat by 6:30 pm. I have no other acess to my gym before this, and I can't get there in the morning. I've heard that if you do cardio first, it makes you lose muscle; is this true? Will I lose muscle if I do track?

EDIT: I've never experienced improvements whenever i've done cardio first. It was back when I was starting out with working out, and confined to the machine weights, and starving myself on 1200 calories with an hour-ish of cardio. It won't be directly after the cardio either... I've just never done it before, so I really don't know what's going to happen.

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NO

thank you; i needed that :)

Original Post by mochacafe9874:

I will be joining track in about a week, but will not be able to lift weights first, because practice would be right after school. It would end at about 5 or 5:45, and i'd get home and eat by 6:30 pm. I have no other acess to my gym before this, and I can't get there in the morning. I've heard that if you do cardio first, it makes you lose muscle; is this true? Will I lose muscle if I do track?

EDIT: I've never experienced improvements whenever i've done cardio first. It was back when I was starting out with working out, and confined to the machine weights, and starving myself on 1200 calories with an hour-ish of cardio. It won't be directly after the cardio either... I've just never done it before, so I really don't know what's going to happen.

If you are doing track then you should prioritise your track ie. track training first, weight training should fit around, and enhance, your track.

here's the thing though, i'm just doing track to change up my cardio; not to be the best. I don't want to lose muscle mass and/or tone. I want to maintain in, and still look okay.

Original Post by mochacafe9874:

here's the thing though, i'm just doing track to change up my cardio; not to be the best. I don't want to lose muscle mass and/or tone. I want to maintain in, and still look okay.

Ok, I'll be blunt (so feel free to ignore, I won't be hurt) but that is just plain silly.  Its a bad mindset that will more than likely set you up for failure down the track.

Don't do track so you get some "cardio" in... do track so you can be the most awesome you can be.

People who train like athletes, will look more like athletes than people who just do stuff.

Worrying about whether doing track will cause you to lose muscle mass, is like not getting a hair cut because you are attached to your hair.

Training for something is much better than just doing something.

Track won't make you lose muscle mass, but cross-country training might, depending on the mileage you do.

you're 100% right. I needed to hear that i was being silly, so thank you. I guess i'm trying to psyc myself out, even though I know I shoudn't. thanks so much :)

And armandounc; for cross country, if I did the weights on the same schedule i'd be doing them with track,would I still lose muscle mass?

Doing weights will probably maintain your strength but not your mass. But again the key here is the amt. of mileage, as well as your musculature at the moment. Unless you are fairly muscular you probably won't notice much if any change.

thanks! one more question; what about muscle tone? would i lose that noticaebly? sorry for so many questions >.<

You only lose muscle tone if you become paralyzed or it gets covered by fat.

so if i lost mass and didnt gain fat, the tone would be fine?
Original Post by mochacafe9874:

EDIT: I've never experienced improvements whenever i've done cardio first. It was back when I was starting out with working out, and confined to the machine weights, and starving myself on 1200 calories with an hour-ish of cardio. It won't be directly after the cardio either... I've just never done it before, so I really don't know what's going to happen.

Yeah, doing cardio first was definitely the problem there. Eating below your BMR, using weight machines, and burning 400-ish kcal through cardio definitely had nothing to do with it.

EDIT: took out the second paragraph (a little too aggro).

I have a suggestion.... maybe it's stupid, but whatev. I have no shame on the internet.

Every time you start thinking about muscle tone, muscle mass, fat loss, BMR, calorie surplus, calories burned excercising, hypertrophy, etc.... slap your hand. Get a rubber band around your rist and give yourself a little smack.

These thoughts are irrational and just silly stupid (I hate the word silly). Do track to get involved in your high school, meet some friends, try something new, get in a little exercise and fresh air. That's it! Nothing wrong with that! Honestly if you sat on your butt for the next three months, you would be absolutely fine.  (i know because i was stuck in a hospital bed, literally no walking around, for 2 whole months... .when i got out, I regained my muscle tone and exercise endurance within a week. and this hosppital stay was not ED related, btw).

Original Post by armandounc:

Track won't make you lose muscle mass, but cross-country training might, depending on the mileage you do.

You won't lose muscle mass doing cross country or track or anything else unless you are under-eating.

Original Post by mochacafe9874:

so if i lost mass and didnt gain fat, the tone would be fine?

This question doesn't make sense. You seem to be obsessing over small details and that's not healthy. Maybe you should talk to people in the Health & Support forum, because you're not going to get the proper advice in this forum.

 

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