After having tried the 5 day program for a week and liking it, I have decided to go whole hog, so here I am. This is possibly the first time I've felt delayed onset muscle soreness rather than a much faster-onset and longer-lasting excruciating joint stiffness and pain.
Bodyfat % (impedance scale) 39% (it's probably much higher)
Bodyfat % 8%
So by that logic I need to lose about 90lbs of fat and gain about 30lbs of lean mass. I'm setting an optimistic time frame of 18 months to achieve this, and hopefully I'll manage to get the cut done in the first 12.
I have more goals than just body recomposition, but they're not within the scope of this training program or journal so I'll post a log of that elsewhere.
My RMR is about 1900 cals/day (had myself tested) and my AMR is about 2300 cals/day (without hitting the gym). I'll be eating about 2200 cals/day and with the gym and biking to & from work (10km total) I'm hoping for a 1000 cal/day deficit.
After some experimentation I discovered that if I go more than 3 hours without food I crave so badly that I cheat, so my schedule is as follows:
0900 second breakfast (workout recovery drink)
1500 afternoon tea
(average day) 60% protein 30% carbohydrate 10% fat
(rest day) 60% protein 15% carbohydrate 25% fat
(high carb day) 45% protein 45% carbohydrate 10% fat
I'll be limiting high carb days to twice a week, on days I go swimming
-fish oil capsules
-creatine (loading as of tomorrow)
-greens+ (I'll start drinking this crap only if I get so broke that I can't afford veggies anymore. It's...vile)
-I have two bottles of ATS that I'm going to save for when I really need it...
So as for training, I'm doing the 5 day rotation. For say 15 weeks I"ll go with:
Vertical Pulling: assisted chinup
Horizontal Pulling: dumbbell row
Horizontal Pressing: flat bench press (power rack)
Vertical Pressing: sitting barbell press (alternating front and behind body)
Triceps: assisted dips
Biceps: Barbell curls
Quad Dominant: leg press
Hip Dominant: rack pulls (I have incredibly weak back/core muscles and terrible flexibility, so I'm not going to push the weight on this just yet since I don't have a spotter to correct my form)
Calf: Standing machine calf raise (does anyone know how high you're supposed to arch your calves going upwards?)
Abdominal / misc:
-ab wheel rollout
-back extension (that superman thing)
-4 point bridge
I'll be doing a 15 minute cardio warmup (elliptical) and 15 minute cardio cooldown followed by 30 minutes of sauna cycling each time. three times weekly I'll be adding a 45 minute after-work swimming session with some jacuzzi relaxation afterwards
So...well, there's my plan. How closely I follow it will be interesting. I'll keep a journal here to vent my frustrations and track my progress. I'll record the following: daily weight, bodyfat% (impedance), food & hydration log, gym log, and monthly body measurements.
Wish me luck. Any suggests or comments are welcome.