ryanalysis Posted January 9, 2013 Share Posted January 9, 2013 Hi all! So last year I made a resolution to begin exercising regularly and I stuck to it. Along the way I learned how to both gain and lose weight (fat). I tried to build muscle but I didn't make the gains that I would have liked to. This year I want to see my body transform by building larger muscles. I lift dumbbells Mon, Wed, Fri for 30 minutes with 3 sets of 8-12 reps. On Tues, Thurs and Sat I do cardio for 30-60 minutes. I'm monitoring everything and I usually hover in zone 2 with about 5 minutes each day in zone 3 (80% Heart Rate). Now, as for what this has to do with nutrition... I'm currently at about 12.5% body fat. My goal is to get to around 9% and stay there. My understanding is that this contradicts the "rules" of bodybuilding which say that you must consume excess calories in order to build muscle. But I don't want fat to come riding in with those calories (okay, I admit - it's not a fear - just a strong aversion). I understand that I may be limited by biology though. Is it possible to build muscle without having to go through bulking and cutting phases? Will the changes be noticeable enough? (For some background, I'm male, 5'11" and currently weigh 136lbs.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Create an account or sign in to comment
You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
Create an account
Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!Register a new account
Already have an account? Sign in here.Sign In Now