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Old 06-14-2010, 04:38 PM   #1
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Best Supplements for Endurance

I am trying to increase my endurance right now. I run a 4.5- 40, but I can't run more than 2 miles to save my life. I have a very low resting heart rate and I do circuit training, but I still can't create a running endurance. Is there a good supplement to take, or any tricks I am missing?

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Old 06-14-2010, 04:40 PM   #2
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Re: Best Supplements for Endurance

It's just something you'll have to work at. You could look into beta-alanine though. It helps with endurance a little bit but nothing major
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:41 PM   #3
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Re: Best Supplements for Endurance

" 4.5- 40"

Holy crap. THats NFL speed
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:50 PM   #4
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Re: Best Supplements for Endurance

What does "circuit training" mean? Without knowing more about your training, it's impossible to know what "tricks" might help.

Generally speaking, if you can't run two miles now, improving your training is probably a more fruitful approach than looking for a pill to take. That's an easy enough goal that -- unless you have a medical condition -- you shouldn't need to do anything unusual to reach it.

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Old 06-14-2010, 04:51 PM   #5
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Re: Best Supplements for Endurance

If you indeed run a 4.5 40, who cares if you cant run long distance? I dont know any long distance runners out there running 4.5's - completely different training modalities. What are your goals, are you an athlete ?
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Old 06-14-2010, 06:46 PM   #6
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Re: Best Supplements for Endurance

I ran 4.5's through high school- I am in college now, I recently dropped 30 pounds (all beer)- I do not want to pursue anything athletic, I just want to be in shape and a low body fat percentage (currently at 15%). I have recently wanted to do 5k's, 10k's, etc. I just didn't know if there was any way to increase running endurance. Up until the past month I have hated running- I can swim a mile, bike for however long I want, but I can't run 2+ miles.

My work out's consist of super set's of 4 different lifts, for time. Then I do 4 lifts in 1 minute intervals between sets. Then I do another super set of 4 different lifts (all of this is body weight, or no more than my body weight on the bar) Then I run 10 -40 100 yard sprints. I do not do any machines, everything is free weight.

Any tips on building running endurance besides getting out there every day and running as far as I can? I didn't know if there was another way to approach it.

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Old 06-14-2010, 06:54 PM   #7
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Another question I have been wondering is how many rest days should you have? I work out 6 days a week, play golf, tennis, anything I can do outside I do. Is this going to prevent me from achieving strength, endurance, or a low body fat percentage?

How many calories a day should I take in? I have been eating 2 meals a day, with a protein shake after I work out. I take in around 1200-1500 calories a day. Is this enough?

Typical meals:
After Work Out
Protein Shake

Lunch:
Salad w/ chicken breast

Dinner:
Chicken w/ green beans and corn
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:25 PM   #8
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Something smells pretty odd here. Perhaps a forum troll?
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:26 PM   #9
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Another question I have been wondering is how many rest days should you have? I work out 6 days a week, play golf, tennis, anything I can do outside I do. Is this going to prevent me from achieving strength, endurance, or a low body fat percentage?

How many calories a day should I take in? I have been eating 2 meals a day, with a protein shake after I work out. I take in around 1200-1500 calories a day. Is this enough?

Typical meals:
After Work Out
Protein Shake

Lunch:
Salad w/ chicken breast

Dinner:
Chicken w/ green beans and corn
You're kidding right? That's not near enough unless you're a 105lb 12 year old girl, but I don't know too many of them who can run a 4.5 40. Triple that food intake in a hurry.

As for rest days, most people will take one or two per week. It's going to be very dependent on your ability to recover, how much sleep and food you're getting, are you showing signs of overtraining, etc. I'm shocked you've been able to do 6 days a week at 1200-1500 calories.
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Old 06-14-2010, 09:37 PM   #10
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Any tips on building running endurance besides getting out there every day and running as far as I can? I didn't know if there was another way to approach it.

Couch to 5k program, google it.
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