Random health and exercise thoughts - Page 965
No it was a smith machine. I haven't used one in probably 3 years so don't really care about the name. The latter would have been even more lol though.
Thanks for the reply. Skinny fat is accurate. In the past I have been able to go from 56 kg to 64 kg just be eating more. Though as you can imagine, it’s just a bit of fat and no physical activity = none of the other benefits of exercise. Milk is no problem for me, I drink smoothies daily. It’s just a matter of not being a pussy and being able to force them after meals.
Im guessing you're doing this for aesthetics. Do not know why anyone who wants to look good does SS and follows the diet ripptoe says. He himself cares he designed the program for strength all it's going to do is give you massive legs and glutes with a small fat upper body.
Sure, aesthetics is part of the reason, but not the only reason. I also want to feel physically and mentally better too. I don’t mind being skinny. Half of my Mum’s family is rake thin and over 6 foot, so it might be partly genetic. I know SS is a strength program, not a bodybuilding program. I don’t know, isn’t there a middle ground? I don’t want > 20% BF, or to become a bodybuilder with < 6 % BF. I just want a healthy weight increase.
I got a FitDay account so I’ll see where I’m currently at. I think I’ll just do the program as stated and see where I’m at after three months.
I enjoy cooking (though still learning) and food in general so I don’t think that would be a problem.
Anyone got suggestions. I'm at my target weight that I want to be 170lbs-175lbs, I want to be at this weight but leaner. So I neither want to gain nor cut, just want a better body composition. I havn't been at this much only like 6 months or so, so I feel like If I continue on course my strength and body composition will catch up.
get your body fat percentage measured with calipers and tweak what you are doing a little bit. If you are sub 15% body fat it gets harder to get the last of the fat off, for me anyway.
I am really tempted to start cutting, but i'm just too skinny. At the same time, if i keep bulking im gonna start getting fatter than i want to be. I've got a month or so coming up where i wont be at home using my own gym, so might use this time to cut as i never really seem to gain anything while away, but can do enough lifting for maintenence. How much BF could i lose in a month, if im 14/15% now? After that im at home for good, so can bulk all summer at least.
On another note, I love seeing all these hugely ripped guys at the gym that aren't even that strong. I saw a guy thursday "doing" rows with about 90 pounds too much weight on, obviously trying to impress girls. I say "doing" because his spotter was actually doing most of the lift for him. I like to call these guys "peacocks", cause when they're not lifting they puff up their chests and strut around the gym. Maybe I should challenge them to a lifting contest
Maybe IF for those who want to recomp? Or just mild cuts / bulks. It's almost the same thing anyway.
TLDR - If you are gonna try to recomp, you should eat with the intention of gaining a half pound to a pound every week. That's the only way you will know you are eating enough to fully repair the damage you do plus grow any muscle.
The thing is, let's say an individual is happy at their current weight, but they want to recomp a bit. It seems to me that it is a mistake to gauge the success of a recomp by whether or not their weight stays stable. I would suggest that there is a significantly large calorie spread which allows an individual to maintain their current weight (this is in addition to ignoring the various starvation mode mechanics which allows extreme calorie variation without weight loss). The issue is that at the bottom of that calorie spread the individual definitely doesn't gain muscle - more likely degrades the quality of their current tissue, approaches overtraining / overreaching easily, injury prone, stress hormones increase with water retention / bloat and cortisol fucking everything up.
If you want to maintain and you want good things to happen in the gym and to your physique, you really must eat at the absolute top of your calorie spread. You must be able to repair all the damage you do and grow muscle if your body is gonna do it. I often fall into the trap of assuming that if a lift is improving than I am eating at the top, but that is probably not the case. It is more important to gradually gain weight.
I haven't done a lot of IF reading, so maybe the above is their experience as well.