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Aerobic or Cardio Problem?

Sorry for the stupid title.

So i know that doing a lot of fitness and conditioning may hinder strength gains during season.

But what is it that actually weakens you. Is it the actual cardio work and that your heart is worked so much, or is it the low intensity aerobic work (energy system) that stuffs you. Could you prevent this by doing anaerobic cardio? Also could it be because some people lose weight or that they drop frequency?

Any answers would be appreciated

You only have a certain capacity to train. If you do a lot of conditioning, you can’t handle as much lifting. When people don’t realize this and try to do way too much, they can’t recover, and therefore get weaker.

[quote]clean and squat wrote:
So i know that doing a lot of fitness and conditioning may hinder strength gains during season.[/quote]
During what season?

If you’re an athlete in-season (meaning you have games on a regular/weekly basis and likely have practices during the week), then you generally don’t need to be doing specific cardio training outside of your sports practice.

Like Other-Chris said, it’s a matter of recovery. Any intense cardio training will be just one more thing your body has to deal with.

Plus, there’s the issue that if you ain’t in shape by the first game of the season, you ain’t getting in shape in the next few weeks. You’re trying to do too little, much too late.

Not sure what you’re trying to say here.

Anaerobic cardio is usually higher in intensity and more stressful to recover from, compared to aerobic cardio.

Weight loss during the season isn’t uncommon, depending on the sport of course, but if it drops enough to have a noticeable effect on performance, I’d expect the athlete to make the appropriate changes.

Again, not sure what you’re talking about with the frequency.

Recovery didnt come to mind. A few minutes after i wrote this I did a squat session and my legs were a tad bit tired from the burpees and sprints before

sorry i will try and rephrase.

I always read things about “cardio makes you smaller” or “cardio makes you weak” and stuff like this.

I added High and low intensity cardio to my program (because of football) now and my strength in squats seem to be dying a bit. And I was just trying to pinpoint the exact problem.

When I say cardio I mean If I do cardio exercise not involving the legs, such as circuit training or ropes, will those affect my strength gains because the heart is working so hard.

What If I do low intensity aerobic exercise such as cycling on low gear (seeing as cycling hardly hits my heart.) Because I am using the aerobic energy system and squats use the ATP does that mean my squats will go down

You’re really kinda overthinking things.

If you’re currently in-season, you do not need much (if any) cardio training other than going balls out during the game and working hard at practice.

[quote]clean and squat wrote:
I always read things about “cardio makes you smaller” or “cardio makes you weak” and stuff like this. [/quote]
This is usually a combination of the recovery issue again, or general calorie-burning that some people don’t take into account.

Again, if you’re in-season, your primary focus is not to improve your squats each week. Your primary focus is to win that week’s game.

It might, or it might not. Without seeing your entire training plan (days, exercises, sets, reps, cardio plan), there’s no way to specifically say “this” is definitely going to interfere with “that.”

But in general, “working the heart” won’t be the reason for decreased strength.

Again… overthinking.

Dude, if your goal is to add size or strength, there’s a chance that poorly-planned cardio can interfere. However, if you have to (or want to) do cardio while training for size or strength, adjust the intensity and frequency, and make sure you’re eating appropriately around training.

Highly individual. Too many factors, from genetics, to dieting. Also it’s a matter of what people consider cardio. Majority of the people that say that are fat wannabe powerlifters who want to justify their lack of aerobic training. Cardio in itself is not going to make you weak, go see how weak football players are after a month of training camp with two a days and shuttle runs.