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Do I need weights?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 09, 2012 at 10:34 PM

do you think jack hammering and digging and installing underground conduit, backfilling it and pulling in electrical wire to street lighting a good paleo workout? I do it almost every day.They guys I work with say I'm crazy that I put in 250 miles a week on my bike. Plus i jog 15 miles a week.Do I need weights after all my heavy duty exertion? I don't want to overdo it? Thanks

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on August 10, 2012
at 04:21 AM

Yes I do think I'm ready for less endurance

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on August 10, 2012
at 04:12 AM

Wow I do need bicep work!! My shoulders lats and chest feel solid but I really do need to hit that area. I'm thinking pull ups .

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on August 10, 2012
at 12:39 AM

That is A LOT of cardio. You are going to have to decide if maintaining that level of endurance training is important. You would not see any kind of significant results from strength training with that level of endurance training and just beat the hell out of yourself at the same time.

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I have a very good nutritional background of no processed foods, I am new to paleo and interested in crossfit. I am very happy with my strength but would be willing to give up some of my cardio to get more. I train like I used to when I raced mt bikes but I don't race anymore, the training is just for fitness, but I feel like my upper body is not as developed as my lower. Thanks – AlexTasch 0 secs ago For more Paleo Diet hacks: Do I need weights? - PaleoHacks.com http://paleohacks.com/questions/141845/do-i-need-weights#ixzz235uTorry

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I have a very good nutritional background of no processed foods, I am new to paleo and interested in crossfit. I am very happy with my strength but would be willing to give up some of my cardio to get more. I train like I used to when I raced mt bikes but I don't race anymore, the training is just for fitness, but I feel like my upper body is not as developed as my lower. Thanks

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on August 09, 2012
at 11:16 PM

I agree with Colibri that you need to define your goals better. What are you looking to do?

To disagree with Colibri, Nutrition is the King and Exercise is the Queen. 80% of the benefits you'll see in dieting, switching to Paleo, whatever, will be derived from your diet.

When I first went 100% Paleo, I lost 27 pounds without ANY exercise, going from 187 to 160. If your diet is dialed in tight, the vast majority of the benefits you'll get is from nutrition.

In your example, you seem to have a very "Paleo" centric type of exercise program from your job (real-world type movements). If you're looking to get fitter, not necessarily build muscle, tighten up your diet and don't worry too much about lifting weights over and above what you're doing.

http://www.jbprimal.com

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on August 09, 2012
at 11:24 PM

I have a very good nutritional background of no processed foods, I am new to paleo and interested in crossfit. I am very happy with my strength but would be willing to give up some of my cardio to get more. I train like I used to when I raced mt bikes but I don't race anymore, the training is just for fitness, but I feel like my upper body is not as developed as my lower. Thanks – AlexTasch 0 secs ago For more Paleo Diet hacks: Do I need weights? - PaleoHacks.com http://paleohacks.com/questions/141845/do-i-need-weights#ixzz235uTorry

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on August 11, 2012
at 04:13 AM

after having a short experience of a really-really hard labour (on a fish-processing factory), i came to a conclusion that onward i would probably not be so inclined to lift HEAVY stuff for FREE, thank you very much ----- (i'm just fine with various bodyweight exercises)

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on August 09, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Why do you think you need weights in the first place? Are you looking to build muscle? If so, are you building muscle with all the physical work you do right now? Are you getting stronger? :)

Seems to me like you get plenty of exercise. Exercise is King, nutrition is Queen, put them together and you've got a kingdom. You my friend are building a kingdom :)


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on August 09, 2012
at 11:21 PM

I have a very good nutritional background of no processed foods, I am new to paleo and interested in crossfit. I am very happy with my strength but would be willing to give up some of my cardio to get more. I train like I used to when I raced mt bikes but I don't race anymore, the training is just for fitness, but I feel like my upper body is not as developed as my lower. Thanks

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on August 10, 2012
at 11:03 PM

If anything, you may need to organise your time around getting enough sleep and recovery time.

Explore the low-volume end of weight training. One could make good gains by squatting, pressing, and pullups. Even one session of each per week (Mon. Wed. Fri).

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on August 10, 2012
at 12:35 AM

think of your job as very specific training. Use weights to compliment, you jackhammer -- so also do bench press.

You pull electrical wire through conduit, so do lawnmowers.

You back fill, so do biceps etc.

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on August 10, 2012
at 04:12 AM

Wow I do need bicep work!! My shoulders lats and chest feel solid but I really do need to hit that area. I'm thinking pull ups .

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on August 10, 2012
at 12:32 AM

I used to do ultra endurance races so I roughly know where you are coming from. I still do run but stick to HIIT runs and don't do long distances any more. I might still sign up for a 10k or a half marathon but my 40-100k races are probably over. My workout has shifted more to HIIT, strength and power workouts. The reason for this is that I wanted to become a more well rounded athlete. As a long distance trail runner I had a weak core, would suck at explosive workouts, had tight leg muscles and a limited range of mobility, had no real upper body strength and had knee problems after every race.

If your goal is become all-rounder fit then weights and Crossfit might be for you. Yes, you will have to give up some of your cardio. But instead of jumping into cross-fit right away I suggest you do basic strength training first and maybe add a mobility class (yoga and pilates would also do the trick).

Get a good trainer to show you the basic lifts, work at it for a a month or two and then if you want more Crossfit might be the next progression. Just make sure to find a good Crossfit gym with a proper On Ramp or Introduction program where the coaches will take the time to show you the ropes and help you to safely progress in your workout.

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on August 10, 2012
at 12:22 AM

Short answer, yes.

Strength is the most important aspect of human fitness (Lon Kilgore, Fit). Your strength is the side effect of the amount of lean mass your body consists of. People with low BF% and higher than norm BMI's (sign of lean mass) live longer while maintaining independence. Quality and Quantity of life.

Barbell strength training is the most effective way to gain lean mass. Programs such as Starting Strength (Google it and buy the book), focus on full body workouts and compound movements to provide the stimulus to force your body to add lean mass.

A man is considered at the beginner levels of strength if he can squat/deadlift 2XBW A woman is considered at the beginner levels of strength if she can squat/deadlift 1.5XBW

Where are you on this scale? I just squatted 375 at 170...so I am still at a beginner level of strength.

Excessive cardio is BAD BAD BAD. Just Google chronic cardio. At 250 miles of cycling and 15 miles of running, you are actually increasing your chances of cardio vascular disease! http://paleohacks.com/questions/81844/what-is-chronic-cardio#axzz230XN0bR6

Do 3 days of a dedicated strength training (I recommend Starting Strength), run sprints 2 times per week, and walk as much as you feel like. You will be STRONG, far more athletic, and have endurance. Plus you won't be fighting chronic inflammation. You shouldn't be sore after a workout!

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