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2004/02/19 20:05:54 (permalink)
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BIG lads and cardio

Is it just me or does anyone else have any sort of probs running when you weigh that bit more?

Running is a nightmare for me,i just cannot run because my shins/calves and tendons hurt soooo dam much..

I like to do HIIT but im now going to apply the HIIT principle to the likes of the rower,X trainer,bike as my calves pack up way before my heart/lungs do.

Anyone else had a similar problem??
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    dirtyvest
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    RE: BIG lads and cardio 2004/02/19 20:10:03 (permalink)
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    The second I try and do any serious running my back tells me where to go! Just had to have L5 unlocked again due to it! Cycling for me, if I have to run anywhere I'll drive it!!! Shins and knees are OK oddly enough, but my back is a no go.

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    surfstak
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    RE: BIG lads and cardio 2004/02/19 20:34:14 (permalink)
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    shint splints kill me since i started lifting weights
    2 yrs ago my half marathon weight = 72kg
    Muscletalk has forced me to end up 90kgs, my shins are like WTF!
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    RE: BIG lads and cardio 2004/02/19 21:06:15 (permalink)
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    I know how you feel..when i was 14'7 i could run for 20 mins straight out..30 seconds now and my calves and lower back are telling me to stop
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    RE: BIG lads and cardio 2004/02/20 12:13:26 (permalink)
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    Uphill sprints, I wear a weight vest while doing them and still have no shin splints, less impact as your moving uphill your legs don't travel as far to the ground and don't hit with as much velocity.
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    RE: BIG lads and cardio 2004/02/22 17:03:12 (permalink)
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    Run on soft ground as well
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    RE: BIG lads and cardio 2004/02/22 23:02:09 (permalink)
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    Good points from the last two guys, in fact very important points. Shin splints is usually caused by an imbalance between the calve muscles, and the shin muscles (tibialis anterior) which nobody trains to the same degree as the soleus, gasrocnemius. Therefore the imblance produces immense pain. The best way is to slowly add the work for the shins (reverse calve raises, toe presses) and gradually increase walking to running on inclines to start with.

    I was also given insoles by my physio which helped, cost me £45 and were specially fit to suit my structure, im now able to sprint at 100% intensity on the track once again, even though im in the 200lbs+ zone.
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    RE: BIG lads and cardio 2004/02/24 14:05:18 (permalink)
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    This will probably sound nonsensical to you lot. But being tall (6'4) and with a family history of bad backs, of which i don't break the mould, jogging can be a pain in the a$$.

    I found that jogging on the roads caused too much impact on my knees, so i avoid that. Started using brand new treadmills at gym recently, and found them great, it's just a case of making sure you keep the right "posture" as you run on them.

    Do NOT lean forward as you run, try and remain as upright as possible with your chin up, looking straight ahead. I found this helps a lot. An obvious statement i know, but just thought i'd make it.

    Alex :)
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    RE: BIG lads and cardio 2004/02/28 08:24:55 (permalink)
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    I'm about 220-225 right now and I try to do some form of cardio every day. Never had a problem with my shins/legs/etc... Probably run on average at least 4 times a week. Do yourself a favor, go to the doc if you have problems with your legs/shins. Custom insoles will help if you have a problem, as will a good pair of running shoes (a must have IMHO).
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    RE: BIG lads and cardio 2004/02/29 19:23:36 (permalink)
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    i had probs with lower back when running. i started running on treadmills and soft ground, but i have also started to do a lot of swimming, best thing i have ever done. It's a full body workout with low - no impact, also a great recovery excercise, plus if your lucky there are some hot birds in swimsuites to look at when getting your breath back.
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    RE: BIG lads and cardio 2004/03/01 13:39:17 (permalink)
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    Swimming is a great form of cardio; however, though it is "low inpact" it can still mess you up pretty bad if you over do it. A ton of competative swimmers have shoulders that are ****ed beyond belief. Now I'm definitely not saying that you will suffer the same fate if you swim, as I love to swim too. I'm just saying that every form has it's downside!
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    RE: BIG lads and cardio 2004/03/03 13:11:59 (permalink)
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    the reason swimmers shoulders are hanging off is the same reason football players have bad knees, and rugby players have knackered everything, over use. top swimmers swim 30 -40 hours a week, i do 2 hrs a week at most, everything in moderation and you'll be fine.
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    RE: BIG lads and cardio 2004/03/06 20:52:34 (permalink)
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    Being a member of the 40+ brigade ,at 15st odd with almost 20 years on weights , I've found that even the most dedicated of us need to see sense at times and look after ourselves with an objective view towards 'all exercise being good for you'.
    If , as I'm assuming ,you all practice weights as well as cardio/HIIT the effect over a few years on the joints and tendons , even with the most disciplined warm up regimes , is heavy to say the least . Combine this with the bone/joint jarring effect of running (remember each step puts most of your body weight plus the effect of momentum on ONE leg )and long term trouble IMO is innevitable.
    With the huge variety of cardio machines available in most gyms with state of the art HR monitors etc attached , most goals can be achieved , they may take slightly longer and they may not immediately feel as though you're working hard , but as long term health and fitness must be everyones goal , I'm convinced this is the way to go as opposed to the somewhat old fashioned method of 'pounding the pavement, to get fit.
    This all IMHO , and by the way , I'd run 5 or 6 miles regularly until I was 35ish and then it took its toll ,shins/back/hamstrings the lot!!
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