I seriuosly doubt nfl players are running 6 -16 miles a day, and almost sure of it if you take away wide receivers. The times that they may come close to this is during training camp for a month to a month and half.
Why are you going to the gym after your workouts? Your accomplishing very little by doing this. As you said your body is shot so your training is shot. Switch your gym time to the morning?
What kind of runner are you that you have to run 6 - 16 miles a day? Only runners I’ve seen that are running that much are Marathoners and Ultra Marathon. Maybe I need to reassess you said 6 - 16 miles a day, is that Every day?
Exercising can be fun, but having fun and accomplishing goals are 2 different things how have you improved since doing this 6 - 16 miles a day?[/quote]
I perform quite a bit of cardio and weight train as well. My gains are fine. I eat like a fat ass, make sure to consume tons of protein and have no problem gaining size and strength while achieving cardio goals as well.
The two goals can be attained together and they are by many people, especially athletes in sports that require excellent cardio and strength conditioning.
In high school football, it isn’t uncommon to start practice with a 2 mile run and then spend the next 3 hours on straight cardio, whether it be through specific wind sprints, drills, play throughs etc. You are constantly running for the three hours you practice. 3 hours of cardio five days a week is an awful lot and high school athletes grow like weeds.
I can only imagine the pros train harder.
How much cardio would you say you perform?
It is always funny to me to hear people talk about how cardio kills muscle growth when they have never really done much of it.(you can now make up a story about a failed cardio/weight training plan if you’d like, but you are full of shit. Anybody who has tried it knows you can do it. Unless you just ate like a retard.)
“but I read a study that alluded to some theories…”
Hit the track. Eat more to make up for burned calories. You’ll be fine. Your body have no need to “economize” as long as it is getting enough nutrients.
It only burns muscle when you work it harder than you nurture it.
Same as weight training and under eating.
You can have great work outs at the gym after cardio if you are in decent enough shape. In fact you can have better lifts with an improved cardiovascular system/energy level.
People who train their bodies to work hard enough to perform cardio and weight training don’t get tired after running and have enough energy to put in an intense weight training routine after a small break and protein filled snack.
A guy who does maybe 5 lifts per weight training session would get tired much more quickly than a guy who does 12-15 lifts because his body hasn’t adapted to the work load. It’s the same thing.
Some people lift for an hour, ignore their bellies and call themselves hard core.
I think you are just being a pussy and should quit giving this guy bad advice. If he can gain while running, he’s in better physical shape than you and should keep it up.