I don’t really understand nutrition all that well. But I’m learning. Slowly.
I decided this past weekend that I was going to get in better shape. I started following a normal diet but a friend of me told me “Keto diet will help you lose weight” so I decided to give it a shot. Ideally this means build muscle and cut body fat. For some reason I was under the assumption I could do both at the same time. Well that is sort of true. But generally not true. At least from what I currently understand.
Generally bodybuilders go through a stage of bulking and a stage of cutting. In other words they spend X amount of time eating a lot and doing weight lifting. After they get bigger to a point, they then spend X amount of time doing more cardio and burning fat so that their muscles actually pop out more. This is how you get a six pack and ripped looking arms, chest, ect.
Apparently I don’t know what I’m doing at this point. I started doing the P90X workout yesterday morning and also did it this morning. But I’m not sure if it’s right for me. It’s pretty damn extreme and honestly I can’t finish the discs at this point. I got a half hour through the first disk yesterday before I had to run into the bathroom and throw up. By that point I considered my workout over for the day.
I started the next disc in line today and got 20 minutes through before I cut myself off. I hadn’t given myself enough time to do the whole disc before work. But by twenty minutes I had already had a full workout in my opinion. I can feel it in my legs right now. Sore.
P90X seems to be all the rage today. But I can’t help but wonder if it’s really the right program for a lot of people. I can see how a lot of people would just give up on it because they just can’t physically push themselves to complete the discs. They just aren’t in that good of shape yet. The guy can say “Bring it” all he wants, but if by 28 minutes into the first disc you’re lying on the ground trying to catch your breath for an additional 28 minutes, maybe it’s just too extreme for you right now. That’s sort of how I’m feeling.
I’m not trying to make excuses for myself. But I did just quite smoking three months ago. I quit electronic cigarettes 5 days ago. So getting my full lung capacity back will take years. But that’s besides the point. I also haven’t been working out for the last couple of years. As far as eating right, well this is the first time in my life for that. So jumping straight into “Power 90 eXtreme” might not be the smartest move.
It turns out a lot of bodybuilders don’t do a ton of cardio while trying to put on muscle. Because burning more calories is counter productive to gaining muscle. P90X certain has weight training. Mostly using your own body weight and free weights. But the pace of the discs makes even the weight training free like cardio. These guys from from one thing to something else so fast. Even the warm up stage feels like a full blown cardio workout.
I’m going to stick with it, just because I really don’t have any other plan a the moment. But I’m going to modify it a little based on what some other bodybuilders have told me. I’m going to cut back on some of the cardio and I’m going to eat more calories then the diet probably calls for.
Really though, I’m a not a fat guy. I’m a skinny guy (with some small love handles) that really needs to bulk up. I probably could skip P90X altogether and just stick with a decent weight training routine and eat healthier/more. I’m starting too already. Then in 6 months I’d probably see some decent gains. I won’t be cut so to speak, but I’ll at least have the bulk so that I can cut and look good.
Anyway I’m still trying to figure it all out. Nutrition is the biggest key here.