hi, ill be starting the hct-12 routine on monday ill be doing the 4 day split but i was wondering what would be the best type of cardio to do on this routine ? would the treadmill be ok? our some road work r somethng ? i was going to do the cardio a least 2 days a week on my off days ill be eating aout 3,000 cals a day but dont want to but on to much fat around my stomch im about 20% body fat as it is, or would i be eating to much cals as it is?
First, I'd recomend re-reading the nutrition article that is attached to the routine. For more information, you could read the full nutrition article by Daniel in the articles section. This should explain better than any of us could how you can manipulate the calories to lose the bodyfat while gaining the muscle. Your nutrition will play a bigger role in body proportions than added cardio.
With that being said, I think some conditioning exercise is a great benefit. Since you are new to this routine, I would suggest ONE day of additional cardio per week. See how you recover from the additional work, if everything is going fine after a few weeks, then you can add in another day of conditioning. Just keep tabs on your recovery and progress, and add extras in slowly in order to keep on top of any changes that might occur.
I would definetly try kettle bell snatches for 2 minutes they are really tough and you burn a ton of calories you can do these with a few other variations and there is your cardio. Good Luck!!!
Bench Press 245x1
Back Squat 225x3 (ATG)
Dead lift 275x1