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Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 6:41 pm
So I fell off the wagon, truth be told I was taking creatine the whole time... then I ran out and didn't have the cash to buy more, workouts got a lot harder and I lost the drive to continue.
I've just started again at level 1, no creatine this time. Did 35 rounds and couldn't manage the last couple of minutes.
I've not been completely inactive over the past couple of months (Jesus, that's a long time) but I have certainly not been anywhere near as regular and it shows.
I'm thinking of doing day 1, 3 times a week for a while instead of doing the shorter, less intense days 2 and 3 workouts. I'm 22 years old and am eating plenty of protein and getting decent sleep so I'm thinking it should be beneficial. Thoughts?
Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:53 pm
I say continue the day cycle. Endurance, Strength, judgement. That's what they all over, and pushing endurance over and over will not only get you worn out mentally, but won't help muscle growth as much. Welcome back btw, creatine free.
Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:15 pm
Yeah, I agree with Andy, stay with the overall structure. If you find strength day too easy, you can spice it up a bit with some harder exercises.
Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:02 am
Yeah stick with the program if you want more challenge maybe try week 2 day 2 and 3
Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 12:57 pm
Quite a strong chorus of stick with the program there. See, the reason I'm thinking about it is that when I do the 20 min workout it reaches a point in the second half where I feel different, like my body has fully gone into exercise mode and has engaged all systems, there is probably a proper explanation for this in terms of respiration and energy storage systems or something.
It feels almost like a cleansing effect, like a machine running untill the gunk has moved from the pipes and it runs smooth.
With strength day and judgement day it's plenty hard but I miss out on the effect I described above, it feels like my metabolism (I obviously can't be sure, it's just a hunch) could be better for the 2/3 of the week I'm not under the effects of day 1.
Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:38 pm
Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:03 pm
Interesting. The wikipedia article says that "runner's high" corresponds with muscles using up their stored glycogen.
Doesn't that mean you're now running on fat? (The article claims you're running purely off oxygen but as far as I'm aware that's actually impossible)
It could just be the opiate effect of the endorphins (or anandamide) I'm describing, but it certainly feels like a switch over to a better fuel source rather than just some painkillers.