Brief Background: I injured myself and have been out of the gym for a little over three months. Over the past couple of weeks I've been doing some BW exercises and some light squats trying to get myself ready to hit the weights hard again. Over the past three months I've lost a fair amount of muscle and I'm generally much softer than I'd like to be, although I definitely wouldn't say I'm fat (maybe 13-14%bf).
Today I'm going to go to the gym to find my new 5RMs so I can jump into Starr's 5x5. I'll also be doing HIIT on two of my off days.
The only thing I haven't decided is what to do about my diet. I have two approaches in mind:
1) Get my diet together but eat for maintenance. I will regain my strength quickly and hoping my body will cooperate and recompose. I like this idea because I'm hoping it will help me drop some BF while gaining strength and hopefully a little muscle. I'm afraid that I'll just be spinning my wheels and it won't result in any changes to my body's composition.
2) Screw it and bulk. I'll get real strong real fast and I should explode as my I throw myself back under the iron. I'm hoping I'll be able to regain my strength and size very quickly while gaining very little in the way of BF. I'm afraid that I'll gain more fat than I'd like - I prefer the lean muscular look to the fat muscular look no matter what the size.
So I am here to solicit your opinions. Do you think I can siginificantly recompose if I get my diet on point and eat at maintenance? Or do you think I will be able to bulk and keep my relatively stable?
I'm hoping I'm in for some newbie games (part deux) since I've been out of the gym for so long.
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