Originally posted by Schleprock
I'm posing this question to see how often a person works out is obsessive.
It goes in cycles. My hubby will eat compulsively for 5 months out of the year, gain 30 lbs, and then he will go on work out binges for 6 months or
so. He started almost a month ago. He is riding the recumbant bike on the hardest setting, for 30 min each night, and he is up to 13 miles in 30
min. Then he is on the stair stepper for 30 min. Then he does situps for an hour and a half each night. He's just added weight lifting to the
He spent 2 hours at the gym tonight, came home and is doing the 30 minute 13 mile bike ride and will do the 30 min. stair stepper.
That's a total of 3 hours per night that he exercises. Seven days aweek.
Does that seem a little excessive?
[edit on 9-3-2009 by Schleprock]
Speaking as someone who has regularly worked out for over the past Year-and-a-Half, allow me to give you some of my advice.
First of all, I am young, so I definitely have the ability to still push myself hard. I have no idea of the age at which your Husband currently
resides, but I doubt it is any younger than myself.
Now, with that being said, I stayed going to the Gym every other day, which amounted to roughly 4 Times a Week. I went religiously for One Solid Year,
and in that time frame I learned A LOT from experienced individuals who have been "In The Game" per say for anywhere from 5 to 12 Years.
I pushed myself so hard however, that I have, in the last 9 Months or so, been through Injuries of nearly every joint in my Arm and Leg. I have
injured both Elbows Twice, both Shoulders numerous times, and Both Knees countless times.
What did I learn?
I was dumb. I am mentally not a quitter, and I can withstand AMAZING amounts of Heavy Endurance and, well, essentially I am very stubborn lol.
I used braces for the longest time to heal my injured areas, but the conclusion which I achieved in the end emanated from a piece of advice which
Experienced Individuals emphasized to me OVER, and OVER again, and that is: "Weight and Amount DO NOT MATTER, CONSISTENCY is what TRULY Counts".
In other words, you can push yourself extremely hard, especially for the First Year of Working out or so, but eventually you will end up Tearing
yourself apart in the Process. It is similar to attempting to Run a 26 Mile Marathon. Do you Sprint from the Starting Line, or do you Pace Yourself?
Which will allow you to finish ahead, and achieve your goal, as opposed to which form will wipe you out and leave you dropping shortly after starting?
The Answer is clear, Consistency combined with gradual Increases in Time, Speed, Resistance, and Weight, are the way to go if you want to truly
Achieve your Goals.
Now as for me, I used to be able to do 3 Straight Hours of Weights, and then I could run 3-5 Miles the Next Day. That was My Off and On Routine for a
Long Time. Mind you, it took me a Good Month or Two to make it up to that Distance in Running, and it was NOT easy for me. I really worked hard to
achieve that goal in my life.
I will definitely say this: Your Husband can most likely push himself hard at that rate for a Couple of Months without Serious Injury, but if he keeps
it up for too long, he can end up with Serious Problems Later in Life. He needs to focus on Weights One Day, and Cardio the Next. He also needs to
Increase his Protein Intake, which usually involves a Shake or Bar within 30 Minutes of finishing his Weights. Every so often as well, have him take
at least Two Days in a Row off, COMPLETELY.
I have no doubt that everyone has different Body Chemistry, and some might be capable of Exceeding my Abilities without similar Injuries. I really
hate to think however, that your Husband might be as stubborn as myself, and it may very well result in Permanent Injuries which might cripple him
later in life. He needs to be VERY Careful in regards to his Knees when he is doing so much Cardio, and I cannot stress this enough. Squats, Stair
Stepping, Leg Presses, and any combined type of Exercises which impact that region need to be especially taken into Moderation in terms of Duration
and Amount. Knees are typically the greatest impacted Region of the Body aside from the Lower Back, and they are typically the Most Difficult of
Injury Types to Heal Properly, seeing as we place stress upon them EVERYDAY whenever we get up and move around.
BTW, working out too often will not allow enough time for your muscles to recover, unless of course you are taking Steroids (Which I am in NO WAY
accusing your Husband of doing). Steroids allow for some individuals to work out with Heavy Weights Twice a Day, but in the end the Tendons do not
develop Properly, and it is all essentially Fake Strength anyways. I have NEVER touched that garbage, and NEVER will. Again, Consistency, Enough to
Eat, and Enough Rest are the true Essentials towards Gaining Strength and Endurance.
If you want any specific answers which I have not covered, feel free to let me know. This is a Topic which I know all too well.