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Steve Morrison 03-01-2008 03:45 PM

Interval Training and Mass Gain
Is it possible to use short duration, high intensity interval training to positively affect Mass Gain, or is there a way to incorporate it into a Mass Gain program, and not undermine the (mass gain) results?

For example, intense rowing or swimming intervals performed with 20 seconds sprint/60 seconds recovery for 30 minutes?

Mike ODonnell 03-01-2008 08:06 PM

30 minutes of intervals? Damn that is alot.

If you are very active, then you will need more calories if you plan on putting on mass. Of course there are different types of training like hypertrophy based and strength based. A mix of both is usually good.

If you are just doing the Intervals for "conditioning" then you can always have something before and right after them if you are not focusing just on fat loss.

The best way for most to gain mass....is to eat more and exercise less....or be like pro athletes who take in like 5000-8000 cal a day.

Steven Low 03-02-2008 01:18 PM

You'd be better off heavy lifting and the finishing it off with like 10 minutes of HIIT running/swimming or tabata work IMO.

Really it depends on what you're training for though. If it's something like football then it might be better to do like 5-10s of work with about 40s rest in between.

Steve Morrison 03-03-2008 09:14 AM

Thanks for the feedback. :cool:

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