buidling muscle or losing fat?

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kathymtns
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buidling muscle or losing fat?

#1 Postby kathymtns » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:01 pm

I want to build some muscle, but I also want to lean out and lose some fat around my stomach area. Which do you think is best to do first lean out and lose the fat or build the muscle first and then lean out?

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Re: buidling muscle or losing fat?

#2 Postby twwalks » Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:01 pm

I think It depends on A) your current bodyfat and B) your training experience. Losing fat is quick, but the less muscle you have the harder it gets.

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Re: buidling muscle or losing fat?

#3 Postby HIT Rob » Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:04 pm

Hi Kathy,

Build the mass first, and then dail in the diet, a significant amount of fat can be lost in a relatively short period, but building mass takes years....

On a side note - Was at a gym last week with a friend, there was a woman there, I say 5'4, maybe 180-185lbs, very powerful shoulders and legs, muscular arms easy 16", she had a bit of fat around her waist and a big butt, but I can tell ya, she looked very impressive and stood out from all the rest. Its become fashionable these days for to lean out to the max and to try and make "leangains", guess it makes for good selfies on facebook lol, of course its not how they did it in the golden era of bodybuilding and strength training / pre steriods.
One guy were I work is aiming for to have 5% bodyfat, god love em, he has hmmm maybe 14" arms and a neck like a pencil, but hey....hes got a six pack and a vein popping up in his arm :wink:
Guess it boils down to personal preference, but trying to optimise ones size and strength while staying lean is like trying to ice stake uphill.

Just my 2 cents
Rob

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Re: buidling muscle or losing fat?

#4 Postby tylerpc73 » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:53 am

My recommendation for this would be to gain muscle first especially if you are around the 10% body fat Mark. If you are 15% or over I would try to cut fat first
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