How to gain strength, while losing fat
i'll start off by saying my goal:
-my goal is to be as strong/big as possible while having a really nice 6 pack.
I am 16 years old, 148 pounds 5'10". I've been lifting for a while now and I would say I am somewhat strong for my size and in good shape. However, I want to elevate my strength and weight, but I don't want to gain fat.
From what I researched, it is "impossible" to lose fat and get bigger at the same time because getting bigger requires extra calories and losing fat requires the exact opposite.
I've always been told that the body responds to the demands placed upon it. With that being said, i am willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish my goal. I am dedicated to the pain and suffering of running/lifting.
So does anyone have any suggestions on how to lift/run/eat in order to achieve my goal?
OK. At 16 and only weighing 148 pounds at 5'10" the only thing you should be doing is lifting heavy and getting huge. Don't worry about fat too much. You are at a prime age to pack on muscle. Lose fat later after you put on 50 pounds of muscle. Plus, more muscle will up your metabolism. Read the stickies in this board about bulking and proper diet.
i appreciate your advice, and thinking about it... what you say makes sense.
But how should i incorporate cardio into my workout?
Is there a such thing as too much cardio when trying to gain weight, as long as i eat a lot?
There is absolutely a point of too much cardio. If you really want to incorporate cardio, try doing 20-30 min. of cardio 3 times a week or so. Beyond that you're risking losing some of the muscle you're trying to put on. But first and foremost I agree with Dave - right now, work on lifting like hell and getting big, and the rest will fall in line.
Cradler is right. There is such a thing and that also goes with over workingout or overtraining, as it is called. Just remember that the cardio does not have to be balls out crazy. Sometimes a 20 minute jog is all you'll need from time to time. Remember, rest is just as important as lifting and diet.
I agree with ChinPieceDave and Cradler. Concentrate on getting big and strong and keep the cardio low to grow to your potential. Good luck. :weights:
see i want to be able to weigh 160lbs and bench 150lbs or so.
I'm a goalie in hockey and a tennis player, I need to be lean and quick, I just want to up my strength.
With that being said, how do i get stronger without necessarily getting huge?
lift/eat until you get to the size you want to be. then just maintain.
I used to be a 185-pound wrestler. Then I lifted and got to 220. What I found, though, was that because my legs and back could push so much more weight more explosively, it made me quicker, where I'd expected the reverse. So don't worry about becoming slower if you get big - once your body can lift substantially more than your own bodyweight, you'll find that you are much quicker.
As far as lean - more muscle mass means an upped metabolism. Something to keep in mind.
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