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These exercises halted my muscle growth

treadmill cardio

I’m furious at my old trainers because they had me do exercises I hated, that wasted my time and negated my goal of gaining muscle. Either they didn’t know these exercises reduced the likelihood of hypertrophy, or they didn’t want me to get too muscular because I’m female.

What were these exercises? I was walking on the StairMaster, riding a stationary bike, or going for a long walk after every weight lifting session, because my trainers told me to.

Too much cardiovascular exercise, and/or not eating enough calories will cause muscle loss, which I knew, but what I didn’t know what that I should wait a minimum of eight hours after a weight lifting session, or better yet, do cardio on a non-lifting day (1).

Now, I lift weights in the mornings, do mobility exercises mid-day, and walks at night. I see a lot more muscle now, and I may be getting too buff, so I’m trying to cut calories. The leaner you are, you’ll look less huge, and appear more “toned.”

photo: that’s me, jogging on the treadmill at the gym

  1. Source: TC Luoma, TNation, “Don’t do this after lifting weights.” On-line. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
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