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2015/02/05 17:34:44 (permalink)
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From gym to a sport

Interested in anyone's experiences of going from gym rat to focussing on a specific sport.

I've lifted since I was 15 even if it was
Sporadically to supplement my sport ( BJJ, judo, boxing, running and cycling)

I've recently been focusing on a sport again and I'm loving it. I don't feel as obsessed with my diet and gym anymore and train with weights in my home gym once a week or so. Oddly my physique has come on leaps and bounds with the amount of cardio I do, I'm leaner and haven't really lost much size.
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    Re: From gym to a sport 2015/02/05 19:31:09 (permalink)
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    it has always been the other way around even if you look at competitor since the 50s, those who usually are not good at other sports found their place in bodybuilding



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    Re: From gym to a sport 2015/02/06 09:48:52 (permalink)
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    I've really got into running and now enter events and have joined a club.  I still train as hard in the gym with weights and see them as 2 different hobbies.
     
    And whilst I realise I may be hindering the amount of muscle I could potentially gain by running so much, I believe it's doing wonders for my physique and condition.  2014 was the leanest I've consistently been (eg, didn't really get fat at any point during the year) and cut on loads of calories.
     
    I'm looking forward to this years summer cut already!
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    Re: From gym to a sport 2015/02/06 10:17:44 (permalink)
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    brittas


    I've really got into running and now enter events and have joined a club.  I still train as hard in the gym with weights and see them as 2 different hobbies.


     


    And whilst I realise I may be hindering the amount of muscle I could potentially gain by running so much, I believe it's doing wonders for my physique and condition.  2014 was the leanest I've consistently been (eg, didn't really get fat at any point during the year) and cut on loads of calories.


     


    I'm looking forward to this years summer cut already!






    I've found the same, it sounds obvious the whole being in better condition thing but my worry was always that I'd lose the hard earned muscle.



    Like you though I eat a fair amount and remain pretty lean and have kept 90% of my size. I'll always weight train heavy though.



    I also think some sports lend better to being heavier. Running is not one of those but as you mention it is that comprise for overall health and enjoyment.
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    Re: From gym to a sport 2015/02/06 13:55:53 (permalink)
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    Yup, I'll never be big while I'm running but I wouldn't say it's ever caused me to lose muscle.  I used to do loads of cardio on a cut anyway.
     
    It does however make leg training difficult.  Legs are either tired from running so they don't get a good session, or tired from a leg session and running suffers.  And if I'm honest, if I know I've got a challenging run coming up I'll not put as much into the leg session as I really should.

    When you're running 4 times a week, there's just no good place to put a leg session!
     
     
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    Re: From gym to a sport 2015/02/06 14:23:29 (permalink)
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    During the wakeboard season i go easy on leg training, because it just takes too much out of them and wakeboarding is a bigger priority as i dont train for size anyway

      




     
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    Re: From gym to a sport 2015/02/06 14:36:45 (permalink)
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    I train more for mountain running and mtb these days.  I still train with weights three times a week, but switched to full body.  I only drop legs if I'm a couple of days out from a race.
    Not lost much strength, and staying lean is pretty easy.  I also feel much better at my lighter weight.

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    Re: From gym to a sport 2015/02/06 14:49:42 (permalink)
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    I train more for mountain running and mtb these days.  I still train with weights three times a week, but switched to full body.  I only drop legs if I'm a couple of days out from a race.
    Not lost much strength, and staying lean is pretty easy.  I also feel much better at my lighter weight.




    I still do weights as if I'm chasing size and in fact I am.  My legs are weak anyway so all the running and soreness doesn't help.
     
    I drop my leg session the week of a race.
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