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Does jogging make you unable to gain muscles?

Asked by elhaha1001 (380points) March 15th, 2012

So I have heard from some friends that I wouldn’t be able to gain muscles if I jog in the morning.. is that true?

I’m just 20 years old. I just started hitting the gym recently to gain some muscles but at the same time I still jog in the morning. I go jogging 3 times a week in the morning (like monday, wednesday, friday) and hit the gym the next day (tuesday, thursday, saturday).
I used to jog for an hour but now I reduce the time to 45 minutes.

my goal is just to be well rounded (not being a bodybuilder with huge muscles but not being too slim either).

I also stumbled on this but don’t know whether it’s true or not..

I need some advice please. thanks

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AshLeigh's avatar

That doesn’t make any sense at all.
In what way would any form of exercise make you unable to gain muscle?
Is this a serious question?

elhaha1001's avatar

@AshLeigh of course it is.. it makes me wonder because my friends suggest me not to jog too much unless I want to gain muscles quickly

one of my friends also said that jogging consumes carbohydrate and protein which really affects the muscles.

rooeytoo's avatar

Usain Bolt looks pretty good to me! And think of Carl Lewis, they all have beautifully balanced bodies.

Cruiser's avatar

If you read the first answer on your link it highlights who from a bodybuilders perspective jogging in the morning on an empty stomach will force your body to burn fuel reserves which would first be body fat (body builders don’t have body fat) so that leaves muscles and that is a bodybuilders worst nightmare.

Sooooo, if you have low body fat you should wait at least 2 hours after a good meal to go running. Running or cardio will burn off a LOT of calories so keep in mind the give and take of the amount of calories combined with what you will burn running and need to do effective weight workouts. The running/cardio is essential to a healthy fit physique.

JLeslie's avatar

They are probably looking at runners physiques that are not big bulky muscles, but long and lean. Like marathon runners. But, those are people who are not lifting weights, not working on bulking up. They work on stamina. They still have strong muscles, leg muscles. Running will not stop you from gaining muscle, if you do exercises in addition that build muscle.

CaptainHarley's avatar

At 53 years old, I was running ten, sometimes as many as 16 miles every other day and working out with weights on alternate days. I was in the best physical condition of my entire life. The answer will vary a bit between people, but generally speaking, not only does jogging NOT prevent you from building muscle mass, it actually helps you build it. You are to be congratulated on your intentions. Just don’t forget to stretch real good both before and after jogging, so you don’t pull any muscles.

marinelife's avatar

No it will not keep you from building muscle. Running will cause you to get muscles too. Just make sure you are consuming enough calories.

As a runner ,your musculature will be leaner than someone who just does bodybuilding.

tranquilsea's avatar

I run and do weight training. I’m starting to get worried about the number of muscles I’m putting on lol.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

You “friends” are yanking your chain. Protein and exercise will build muscles.

elhaha1001's avatar

@Cruiser so, if I have just some body fat it should be ok to wait for an hour? I’m not really that fat though?

Cruiser's avatar

@elhaha1001 I would consider @CaptainHarley‘s answer as well. Evaluate your fitness goals and lift, exercise and run accordingly. Just remember like the link says….running on an empty gas tank will force your body to burn the readily available fat and since you say you have little in the way of fat reserves, your body will then turn to burning muscle for fuel and why you do not see Lou Ferrigno types winning the Chicago Marathon.

rooeytoo's avatar

I hate stretching, I never do it. There are still many differing theories on whether it is actually beneficial or not. I am 67 still running 4 times a week or so and playing tennis as well.

Rarebear's avatar

The best way to gain muscle is weight training. You will tone muscles with running, but you’re not going to look like a body builder.

gondwanalon's avatar

I’m no expert on muscle building training. But if you are jogging just 45 minutes 3 times a week and on alternate days you hit the gym for aggressive weight workouts and you are doing everything else right (nutritions and rest) then you are very likely to achieve your goal of gaining muscle and strength.

Keep up the good work!

mattbrowne's avatar

No. But keep in mind that you gain muscles after you jog.

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