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Balancing Cardio and Resistance

I weigh ~70kg’s at 5’10", i don’t know my body fat % but I am usually referred to as relatively skinny etc.

In the past 3 months I’ve been doing intense running and more recently in the past month I’ve hit the exercise bike. I’ve lost some fat on my thighs and replaced it with muscle. However, my now I have started taking protein shakes every day in conjunction with intense resistance and weight work to buff up.

The question is, will running every day impede my muscle gain? Will I fatten up if I stop doing cardio and focus on weights or resistance training?

I would like to keep losing weight in my thighs while building up my abs and upperbody.

I have one more question. What is the best way to gain muscle in my side abs?

I’m a huge noob so I’m sure I’m totally off course, but I would appreciate any help or just a big WTF slapped in my face just so I know where I’m at.

Thanks.

[quote]vimes wrote:
I weigh ~70kg’s at 5’10", i don’t know my body fat % but I am usually referred to as relatively skinny etc.

In the past 3 months I’ve been doing intense running and more recently in the past month I’ve hit the exercise bike. I’ve lost some fat on my thighs and replaced it with muscle. However, my now I have started taking protein shakes every day in conjunction with intense resistance and weight work to buff up.

The question is, will running every day impede my muscle gain?
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Yes

That depends on diet.

That only works for a little while. Soon you need to pick a goal, gain muscle or lose fat.

At your size I suggest muscle gain.

Don’t sweat these details. Focus on large muscle groups first.

[quote]
I’m a huge noob so I’m sure I’m totally off course, but I would appreciate any help or just a big WTF slapped in my face just so I know where I’m at.

Thanks. [/quote]

Good luck and stick with it.

I second what Zap said.

Would a HIIT routine still impede muscle gain?

3 resistance and 3 HIIT each week?

I want to start some aerobic training too for the health benefits (improved respiration and cardiac function) but need to find a way to balance it with the lifting. I don’t want the dropped T levels, and don’t want the boosted cortisol levels.