Discussion in 'Fitness & Nutrition' started by sea bass, Apr 22, 2007.
I can't get a day's break on biking, I bike to work. Is it bad to bike after a leg day?
i always do cardio regardless of it being leg day or not so i hope it isn't counterproductive or i've been screwing myself
I've heard cardio eats muscle, so I'm wondering what the effect is if the muscle hasn't recovered yet
well ur not gonna stop biking to work and you need to work legs so does it matter?
hmm good point
Some would say that its better that way. The technical term is "active recovery". Its not like you can do anything about it if its your ride to work.
lol @ your av
lifting builds a different kind of muscle than biking/cardio.
just look at BBers compared to marathon runners
I prefer to lower legs then bike.
Cardio is going to suck up nutrients... it's just building the muscles that make up your heart/lungs... i cant think of a reason that it would literally eat muscle if you have enough nutrients in you.
Lots of bodybuilders do cardio right after lifting. Arnold mentions in his book that Franco Columbu(think it was him) always biked 20 minutes right after doing legs.
Theyre right about marathon runners not being muscular, but 20-30 minutes of cardio perday is not even close to the training marathon runners do.
my unqualified opinion/experience is that my legs feel better then next day if i bike after legs.
Thats likely due to the blood you pumped to them, enhancing recovery.
. I assume as long as it's not incredibly strenuous the continual blood flow will help.
I sure as hell hope not, i will spend the good majority of the summer on a bike building my legs back up after breaking my ankle and having knee surgery
so I've read that basically I just need to increase my protein level since cardio is catabolic, and will burn muscle for energy otherwise.
According to Chuck Rudolph, you should be drinking a BCAA+whey protein isolate combo when doing cardio to minimize catabolism. I'm not sure how well it works, but it's worth a try.