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  • Posted On: 05-03-18, 5:07 pm (EDT) #1

    Keep cutting or add muscle??

    May 3, 2018, 5:07 pm

    Hey Scott,

    Love all the content you have on Youtube. It's been SO helpful for the wife and I... can't thank you enough! Here's my situation... 

    I'm 42 years old, 6'3" and was just under 250 lbs in July 2017 when I said enough is enough! Dieted for 4 months down to 228. Body weight routines at home 3 times a week for 2 more months down to 217. Started lifting weights the end of January. Since then my weeks have been:

    Monday - Push 
    Tuesday - 1 hour spin class
    Wednesday - Legs 
    Thursday - 1 hour spin classs
    Friday - Pull
    Saturday - 1 hour spin class
    Sunday - REST

    And I'm running a pretty manageable 500 cal deficit with one or two cheat meals a week. I'm down to 196 lbs now. 

    Here's my dilemma... I'm itching to lean bulk and put on muscle because I'm a "lightly muscled" individual... BUT i have some fat around my love handles and back that pisses me off and I really want to toast it off first before I start building up. I figure I'll have to go down to 180 or so to get rid of it all but that's going to take another 3 months or so. Really would like your advice... Keep dropping before the bulk or just say screw it at this point and start adding muscle???

    Also I've recently switched my weights days to full body workouts so I'm hitting everything more often. Here's the routine I'm following

    Monday - Full Body Strength focused
    Wednesday - Full Body Hypertrophy focused
    Friday - Full Body Endurance focused

    and still doing spinning Tue/Thurs/Sat to help melt the fat off.

    Thanks for listening!

    Peace
    Sean

     

     

  • Posted On: 05-04-18, 10:02 am (EDT) #2

    Keep cutting or add muscle??

    May 4, 2018, 10:02 am
    Posted by: razor

    Hey Scott,

    Love all the content you have on Youtube. It's been SO helpful for the wife and I... can't thank you enough! Here's my situation... 

    I'm 42 years old, 6'3" and was just under 250 lbs in July 2017 when I said enough is enough! Dieted for 4 months down to 228. Body weight routines at home 3 times a week for 2 more months down to 217. Started lifting weights the end of January. Since then my weeks have been:

    Monday - Push 
    Tuesday - 1 hour spin class
    Wednesday - Legs 
    Thursday - 1 hour spin classs
    Friday - Pull
    Saturday - 1 hour spin class
    Sunday - REST

    And I'm running a pretty manageable 500 cal deficit with one or two cheat meals a week. I'm down to 196 lbs now. 

    Here's my dilemma... I'm itching to lean bulk and put on muscle because I'm a "lightly muscled" individual... BUT i have some fat around my love handles and back that pisses me off and I really want to toast it off first before I start building up. I figure I'll have to go down to 180 or so to get rid of it all but that's going to take another 3 months or so. Really would like your advice... Keep dropping before the bulk or just say screw it at this point and start adding muscle???

    Also I've recently switched my weights days to full body workouts so I'm hitting everything more often. Here's the routine I'm following

    Monday - Full Body Strength focused
    Wednesday - Full Body Hypertrophy focused
    Friday - Full Body Endurance focused

    and still doing spinning Tue/Thurs/Sat to help melt the fat off.

    Thanks for listening!

    Peace
    Sean

     

     

    I think you are to a good point to start bulking. Build some muslce for a while then cut off the added fat. If your goal is to cut a little more then bulk, do it. You can't really go wrong on whichever direction you decide to take now. Congrats on all the weight loss too man!

     

  • Posted On: 05-04-18, 12:26 pm (EDT) #3

    Keep cutting or add muscle??

    May 4, 2018, 12:26 pm
    Posted by: Adawg38

    I think you are to a good point to start bulking. Build some muslce for a while then cut off the added fat. If your goal is to cut a little more then bulk, do it. You can't really go wrong on whichever direction you decide to take now. Congrats on all the weight loss too man!

     

     Thanks for your input. Thanks too about the weight loss... It's been a long road but consistency has paid off. Not starving myself and not killing myself with too much cardio so it's been not too painful.

  • Posted On: 05-14-18, 6:43 am (EDT) #4

    Keep cutting or add muscle??

    May 14, 2018, 6:43 am
    Posted by: razor

    Hey Scott,

    Love all the content you have on Youtube. It's been SO helpful for the wife and I... can't thank you enough! Here's my situation... 

    I'm 42 years old, 6'3" and was just under 250 lbs in July 2017 when I said enough is enough! Dieted for 4 months down to 228. Body weight routines at home 3 times a week for 2 more months down to 217. Started lifting weights the end of January. Since then my weeks have been:

    Monday - Push 
    Tuesday - 1 hour spin class
    Wednesday - Legs 
    Thursday - 1 hour spin classs
    Friday - Pull
    Saturday - 1 hour spin class
    Sunday - REST

    And I'm running a pretty manageable 500 cal deficit with one or two cheat meals a week. I'm down to 196 lbs now. 

    Here's my dilemma... I'm itching to lean bulk and put on muscle because I'm a "lightly muscled" individual... BUT i have some fat around my love handles and back that pisses me off and I really want to toast it off first before I start building up. I figure I'll have to go down to 180 or so to get rid of it all but that's going to take another 3 months or so. Really would like your advice... Keep dropping before the bulk or just say screw it at this point and start adding muscle???

    Also I've recently switched my weights days to full body workouts so I'm hitting everything more often. Here's the routine I'm following

    Monday - Full Body Strength focused
    Wednesday - Full Body Hypertrophy focused
    Friday - Full Body Endurance focused

    and still doing spinning Tue/Thurs/Sat to help melt the fat off.

    Thanks for listening!

    Peace
    Sean

     

     

    Hey @razor, you are very welcome for the content man! So glad it has been helping you 😊 

     

    Congrats on the 50+ pound weight loss too, that is so amazing! Proud of you man. To be honest, those love handles probably only look prominent at the moment becuase you don't have a ton of upper body mass. So actualy going into a lean bulk like Aaron suggested wouldn't be a bad idea to build up the upper body, for one, to actually create the illusion of a trimmer waist.

     

    So I would suggest maybe a very small surplus.. like 200-300 calories, and keep doing cardio as well to really minimize any fat gain. Probably play around with carbs and carb cycling a little bit as well (e.g. few carbs on rest days).

  • Posted On: 05-14-18, 9:49 pm (EDT) #5

    Keep cutting or add muscle??

    May 14, 2018, 9:49 pm

    Thanks for the input Scott. Truly appreciated. I think I'll start the lean bulk soon. Looking forward to eating a bit more! That will be a 700 calorie a day swing for me. Should definitely help me lift more and progress.

  • Posted On: 05-14-18, 10:34 pm (EDT) #6

    Keep cutting or add muscle??

    May 14, 2018, 10:34 pm
    Posted by: razor

    Thanks for the input Scott. Truly appreciated. I think I'll start the lean bulk soon. Looking forward to eating a bit more! That will be a 700 calorie a day swing for me. Should definitely help me lift more and progress.

    You I think it will help for you! Just keep in mind that you don't have to jump straight from one extreme to the other.. so don't suddenly start eating 700 calories more than you normally do tomorrow. Just increase your calories slowly.. like add 200 calories for 4-5 days.. then add another 200 for 4-5 days.. so that in about 2-3 weeks you get to your surplus. This will help your body adjust to the new intake so that you don't pile on fat super fast.

  • Posted On: 05-15-18, 6:30 am (EDT) #7

    Keep cutting or add muscle??

    May 15, 2018, 6:30 am

    Understood. Thanks man.

  • Posted On: 05-15-18, 6:46 am (EDT) #8

    Keep cutting or add muscle??

    May 15, 2018, 6:46 am
    Posted by: razor

    Understood. Thanks man.

    Happy to help bro! The gains are coming!! 💪 

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