Need help with Cardio Endurance

  1. Need help with Cardio Endurance

    Hoping some one can help........

    I have been lifting weights for 16 years, and I just turned 31.
    Now, I am trying to get or remain tone, without putting on to much muscle.
    I have a med/high workout sched consists of...........

    TUE-cardio (AM basketball)
    WED- cardio
    FRI-cardio (AM basketball), as I have adapted my workout schedule with my work shcedule
    SAT/SUN off

    My GOAL: is to increase my endurance and be able to run circles around the guys I play basketball with as well as
    lose wieght and maintain mucscle.

    My PROBLEM: calf muscles start to tighten up even after repititive stretching, causing me not to go 100% on the treadmill.
    Is it better to go longer on a treadmill at lower speeds, or a higher intensity for a short period of time?
    Anyone, anyone???

  2. As you say your calves tighten up on the treadmill. I am guessing they do not tighten up on the basket ball court.

    Your goal is to run circles around the guys you play b-ball with and lose weight.

    To maintain muscle I STRONGLY suggest you use BCAAs then do slower lower intensity cardio in the AM before you eat.

    Then have oatmeal and eggs after the workout.

    As for running faster on the court and better endurance get on the court and play PLENTY of b-ball. If that means playing on another team then do it.

    I wouldn't bother with the treadmill for getting better on the court but would use it as I said above at a lower speed but higher intensity meaning elevation but do NOT hang on to the handles when you do this.

    Work your way up to 30 mins 3 - 4 times a week or even to 6 times if you feel the need.


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  3. Thanks for the reply..........

    Actually, no matter if I am playing basketball, or in some type of cardio activity, my claf muscles always tend to tighten up even if I do stretch them repeatedly.
    Obviously after my body has warmed up, the muscles begin to stretch.
    Sometimes I feel that I am not getting they required daily dose of potassium.

    With the exception of basketball on Tuesday and Friday mornings, my Wednesday cardio is in the afternoon.

    The reason I was using the treadmill in the afternoons was because my body was more than warmed up which made it easier to stretch and loosen up as oppose to the wee early hours of the morning.
    At the same time, if I run on the treadmill @ 5.5 for 30 minutes (off and on while slowing it down to 3.0 to catch a breather)
    I find myself playing basketball a bit better noticing that I am not gasping for air, and if I do get winded, I have a quick recovery time regaining my breath which allows me to hustle and run a bit more than usual.

  4. It sounds like you have an electrolyte imbalance which is causing the tightness in your calves. Cross-training is a good idea to help with your cardio and to lessen the impact on your calves.

    For example, do each of the following exercises for 30 seconds followed by 60 seconds rest:
    dynamic squats
    jump rope
    mountain climbers
    M.Ed. Ex Phys

  5. Rodja,
    Thanks for the advice, I'll give that a try



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