I’ve been doing 5/3/1 without any running or other cardio (so I guess it’s not EXACTLY 5/3/1). Since I’m trying to gain weight, I figured this was a good idea. However I’ve both gotten in pretty terrible conditioning shape (heavy breathing after not doing very much) and I’ve heard that a bit of cardio can help stimulate one’s appetite.
Even if I’m naturally very lean and trying to gain weight (I would like to get to ~200 lbs), would it be a good idea to include some cardio?
If so, I’m thinking 20-30 minutes of steady biking/running or 15-20 trips of sled pulling, 2-3 times per week. Or whatever is suggested.
Just to cover the basics:
I’m 180, 5’ 10", visible abs - squat 315, bench 240, deadlift 385, full clean 225
press, dips, pull-ups, curls
power snatch, deadlift, GHR, sit-ups
bench, incline dumbbell press, dumbbell row, curls
power clean, squat, GM, side bends
breakfast, lunch, and dinner - meat + stuff my face
after workout (~8PM) - weight gainer shake (~1250 calories)
I realize this isn’t very precise. I am working on it. But I’ve still be gaining weight consistently (~1 lb/ 1-2 weeks - was 165 in September).
Thanks for any suggestions.