I've been lifting for a few years now and have put on a good amount of muscle weight. I feel that I am now at a good weight and would like to start trimming down. I am wondering how I should be lifting to achieve this goal. Higher reps? Lower reps? More weight? Less weight? Compound lifts? Isolation lifts? I've been doing intervals and some running I just want to know what to do in the gym. Thanks.
Thread: Lifting to get lean?
11-18-2008, 06:17 PM #1
Lifting to get lean?
11-18-2008, 06:21 PM #2
- Join Date: Oct 2008
- Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States
- Age: 29
- Posts: 393
- Rep Power: 881
Cardio and diet will lean you out faster than lifting ever will. Keep yourself in a caloric deficit and do some cardio. You'll be well on your way.Over the years, things have pulled me along. My father. My life. Sometimes in the wrong direction, often in different directions at the same time. At some point, you grow up and that's when you start doing the pulling. That's when you gotta pull and pull hard. You learn how to prioritize and manage all the damn responsibilities and obligations. Still, if you got game, if you got desire, then there's one thing that will always pull you back in, reel you back. The iron.
11-18-2008, 06:21 PM #3
11-18-2008, 06:23 PM #4
- Join Date: Oct 2005
- Location: New York, United States
- Posts: 24,696
- Rep Power: 34046
11-18-2008, 06:24 PM #5
im no expert but to get lean just keep lifting like you are but dont try and increase the weight. im not saying you wnt be able to get stronger while you are cutting but it will be alot harder as you will be getting less calories.
whateva you do dont make the mistake alot of ppl do and try and cut to quick and lose all of your hard earned mucsle. eat like you normally would constricting the carbs to around the morning and before and after workout.
also dont get the idea that to get lean you should stop lifting. You have to lift just as often and do cardio just as much.
also i have heard not to do as many isolation movements while cutting? i dont know why this is. it could be again because you wont be eating as much and getting as many calories so you want be as strong and should be using your energy to do compound movements.
im not 100% sure on this as i am relatuveky new to cutting
11-18-2008, 07:23 PM #6
- Join Date: Sep 2007
- Location: Florida, United States
- Age: 44
- Posts: 22,745
- Rep Power: 89531
I suggest that you keep lifting heavy and focus on compound moves. This will maintain your current muscle and possibly even give you a bit more. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Don't forget the afterburn effect of weighttraining. It is the real reason we all do HIIT, right? For the afterburn. Well, weight training gives even MORE afterburn than does HIIT.