I have been a fan of yours for many years. I really dig the new look of your websites, too. The "Tyrus Reed Journey" was INSPIRATIONAL. He did a great job. I have CONTINUOSLY/TIRELESSLY returned to your websites for MOTIVATION/INSPIRATION for the past 7-8 years.
Skip, I have been an athlete all my life......up until 6 years ago. I was involved in athletics(swimming/martial arts) through college. When I was 24 yrs old I tried obtaining a position on a NFL team until I broke my ankle in my last pre-season game. After 8 months of PT I finally was able to walk normally again. I then set my sights on a pro-wrestling career(SHORT-LIVED). My life has taken many twists & turns. I was BLESSED with and BURIED my son, MET my future wife, I have BATTLED/BEATEN cancer, and I have started my OWN businesses. I will be 36yrs old next month.
In the last 6 years, I have been trying to CONCEAL my WAR with my arch-nemesis--------"DEPRESSION". It has been extremely UNFAIR to my fiance. It has also taken a toll on me and my body. Skip, I am a 375lbs ex-athlete. Eating and/or fasting I will still weigh 375lbs. I have a non-existent(DORMANT) metabolism. It might be hard to believe, but I am not really sloppy looking. I am INCREDIBLY strong, too. UNFORTUNATELY in the last 6-months the ABDOMINAL JIGGLE has arrived. I firmly,know the difference between FATLOSS(+) vs. WEIGHTLOSS(-); and I would settle for just weightloss, now. I would like to lose 125-150lbs. I AM NOT READY TO THROW IN THE TOWEL. I AM NOT QUITTING. I WANT TO STAND ON A BODYBUILDING STAGE AS A COMPETITOR. I WANT TO STAND PROUD, again
Here are some of my quandries:
I follow the MASS MACHINE training principles. Should I up the rep range to 15-20/set? Should i burn some muscle, too? Should I just perform
hi-rep BW workouts?(military workouts) Should I perform athletic workouts (ie: football or basketball programs) At 6' and 375lbs I have a 40'
vertical but landing is a BITCH.
Should I follow the MASS MACHINE cardio principles? Or, should i start marathon cardio sessions(running 5-8miles/day)? MASS MACHINE cardio
20 minutes is great for time but does not seem to put a APPRECIABLE dent into MY 125-150lbs of FATASS. Should I add multiple MM cardio
Should my caloric intake start at 1500cals/day? I don't know where to start. Calculating my BMR puts me at 4772cals/day. I don't think I can eat
that much food.
Now I know I just UNLOADED alot right now; SIGHT UNSEEN. I don't want to spend the next 2-3 years SPINNING MY WHEELS just trying to lose this weight. I have never WITNESSED in any of your LITERATURE/VIDEOS/INTERVIEWS/PODCASTS any other programs or tools other than what you BELIEVE/PRACTICE/PREACH. Would you give the same advice to a 375lbs. man? I want to COMPETE on a BODYBUILDING stage....no matter how silly it might seem to others. So, any ADVICE is GREATLY APPRECIATED and if we are to ever meet in the future I will HOLD an "I-OWE-YOU" note for any amount of SLAPS for any STUPIDITY(*joke*) on my behalf for anything I might have mentioned above.
Your INSIGHT is VALUED.