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Need help starting over

#1 Postby cafenervosa » Mon Jan 16, 2006 9:54 am

Hello all!

I've been out of the bodybuilding scene for almost 3 years now due to an injury (check out my introducion for an explanation) and am hoping to get back into it again full tilt. I've lost most of my muscle structure and have gained a lot of bodyfat in the mean while.

I know all about the concept of cardio HIIT and have heard argument across the boards about when you should do it, whether or not you should eat in the morning before doing you cardio HIIT, whether it's detrimental to building muscle, etc.

My question here is, because I do have a lot of bodyfat to lose, do you think it's a good idea to HIIT first thing in the morning before you eat in order to force your body to use your fat stores as glycogen? I know a lot of people who won't do this in fear of stripping their body of their hard earned muscle, but I feel that I need to get rid of the excess fat first and then concetrate on cranking up the muscle mass.

So what do you all think? How and when do you do your cardio? When is it most beneficial? And how often during the week should I be doing it for optimal fat loss?
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#2 Postby Daywalker » Mon Jan 16, 2006 4:53 pm

As i get it, you want to start lifting weights again, right?
I think at first you don't need much cardio. Strength training is far more effective in reducing BF%.

It also depends on how fast you want to shed BF. If it's not going fast enough, and you already adjusted your diet, you can always do more cardio. I'd be cautious with too high intensity cardio, though, or too long sessions. But moderate cardio up to an hour you can do every day, if you wish.
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#3 Postby Aaron » Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:08 pm

DW is that true for fat burning or for increasing cardiovascular fitness or both?

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#4 Postby cafenervosa » Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:27 pm

Yea, definitely want to start lifting w/ the goal of competing. I've lost nearly all my cardio strength and muscle mass after my surgery to repair my backbone. I think the biggest obstical for me right now, physically, is that I have an aweful lot of internal scar tissue both in my lung from a chest tube and in the entire left side of my torso from the surgery.

However, I don't want to use that as an excuse to not push myself. I'm not in any pain, I just know that I'm not what I used to be. But I want to be even better.

I used to be both a runner and a weight lifter and I was really ripped. Now I'm getting flabby and I need to do something to reverse that. That's why I'm thinking cardio in the morning before breakfast. Some lifting. I'm not sure yet how hard and fast I should push myself. I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew and then quit. I don't want that to keep happening. I need to find a happy medium.
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#5 Postby Daywalker » Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:58 am

Aaron wrote:DW is that true for fat burning or for increasing cardiovascular fitness or both?

For fat burning only.
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