My cold seems to have gotten worse since yesterday and it did not make for a good nights rest last night. I was up most of the night battling sinus issues.
I think I need to clarify some things about my strength training routine. My 4 day split workout in no way will cause me to "bulk" up. Strength training is a key factor in the aid of fat loss and improved overall fitness. Bulking or building mass is as much a part of nutrition as it is hitting the weights. Two things would have to change if I was trying to "bulk up".
1. I would have to consume at least double the amount of calories.
2. My strength routine would include heavier weight and lower reps like a MAX-OT program.
I lost 65 pounds from Oct to March and did very little strength training. All running, biking and diet. I did successfully build a good running base and I did successfully finish my half marathon. So, what's my problem? My overall fitness is my problem. I need to build strength to improve not just my running times but more importantly the way I feel.
Building strength is a key factor in endurance sports. Building strength can make you run faster, longer, and recover quicker. Building strength can help lower the risk of injury. Building strength can improve overall fitness...my goal.
My program was specifically designed to lower weight, or better yet, lower my body fat. Nothing is better, in my opinion, then strength and core training. My routine uses moderate weight and higher reps. It's also a split routine, meaning, I'm working different muscle groups on different days giving plenty of time for rest between each workout and between each muscle group. I think strength training should be a part of every runners/Triathletes training. Even a 2 day a week full body routine would have a lasting effect on performance.
I do appreciate and respect all the great advice so by all means keep it coming!:) Coming up in 30 days I have my first multi sport event and just getting the advice I've gotten already has helped tremendously! I am following each one of your journey's soaking up everything I can to help with my own goals. Thank you for sharing.
Well, about last night....I didn't get to the gym because I really didn't feel like sneezing all over the equipment and I'm sure the other members appreciate that! I decided to move my quads and calves workout to tonight. Hopefully I will start feeling better today to get it done. Have a great Thursday! - Jason The Running Man