Joined January 2011
Weight History

Start Weight
255.0 lb
Lost so far: 25.0 lb

Current Weight
230.0 lb
Performance: losing 0.2 lb a week

Goal Weight
200.0 lb
Still to go: 30.0 lb
At the beginning of 2009 I weighed close to 300 pounds at 30% bodyfat (as measured by a trainer). I knuckled down with calorie counting and home fitness DVDs. I've maintained in the 230s since my initial loss, I feel and look better, but I am tired of long workouts 5-6 days a week.

I discovered the works of Dr. Ellington Darden and HIT (High Intensity Training) and want to see if I can further change my body through diet and minimal time working out. I have proven to myself that I can track my calories and stay in a deficit, but I don't seem to lose anymore fat.

It is time for another run at my department's fitness challenge. My goal for 2011 is to shed 30 pounds of fat and replace it with 15-20 pounds of muscle by lifting weights HIT style 1-2 times a week. I'd like to see if I can full-fill my genetic potential.

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ended: 28 Feb 11
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last weighin: losing 0.9 lb a week Down
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Welcome to my world....I really don't have any advice at this point, but I would like to remind you that you are still performing HIT and the scale will not be your friend with the building of lean muscle. Stay the course. Don't be afraid of the stalling points, you've done an amazing job so far. I'm certain that people have noticed and tell you that all the time.

As far as the activity meter, your body will constantly adapt to the level of activity. If you are doing something everyday, you will have to add more activity to create the burn needed to lose more fat. I am going to have to go against the HIT principles of "no cardio" to boost fat loss too. I've been looking into HIIT as a fat loss strategy. In addition, too much of a deficit will make you retain fat. SO my recommendation would be eat at base, but add some intense cardio.

Also, nothing works better for me than a direct challenge. So, if you're game, I'll challenge you to a mini-challenge. Name the goal and I'll race you there Smile
posted 14 Jun 2011, 09:13
What's your workout?
Wednesday or Thursday

Deep Squat Or Leg Press Or Deadlift
Chest Press, Shoulder Press, Bicep Curls and Tricep Extension OR Weighted Chins and Weighted Dips.

*one set to positive failure, sometimes a forced rep or two.
posted 10 May 2011, 15:06
Scared Awake
Billy53 wrote:
It can't be a "diet" this time, it has to be a life style change.

This is very true. I wish you the best of luck in your new lifestyle.
posted 19 Mar 2011, 11:37
Gaining weight! Ugh!
Dodge311 wrote:
I just began working out about 2 weeks ago (6 days a week with 30-45 minutes of cardio and resistance training... and a daily caloric intake range of 1200-1300 calories) I've gained roughly 5lbs thus far. Is this average or am I doing something wrong?
Crying or Very sad

IMO if you're just beginning a strength training program, you will begin adding muscle quickly. Just keep in mind that you will gain "weight". However, as you build lean muscle mass; a) you increase your metabolism (1 pound of lean muscle can burn around 40 kcals extra a day), and b) muscle weighs more than fat...and when I begin a new training program I seem to retain more water than usual.

Give it a few weeks before getting concerned. Don't fret over a few gained pounds, weight loss is a journey. In my experiences, there are no magic solutions, quick results (that last) and you always have to stay in a positive state of mind.
posted 19 Mar 2011, 11:33
Hate Cardio
dryphtyr wrote:
I'm not sure if HIIT is the same as HIT. HIT stands for High Intensity Training. It is short duration high intensity strength training. The workouts involve 8 to 12 exercises, one set of 8 to 12 reps each, to failure with no rest between exercises. When you are physically able to do 12 reps, you increase the weight until you can only do 8 again. The nature of a proper workout gets your heart rate very high which means you don't have to do a separate cardio workout. I have had significant success with this type of workout. They last 20 to 30 minutes & you only workout 3 times per week. They are brutally hard workouts, but they're over very quickly. I discovered it when I bought "The Bowflex Body Plan" by Ellington Darden to go with my Bowflex machine. He has over 40 books on the subject, so you can search him on Amazon & find a book that fits your needs. He also has a great website. I have lost 18 pounds using this workout plan matched with a calorie restricted diet. I have honestly not had any difficulty doing it either. There's also a newly formed HIT group on this site. We only have a few members so far. The more people who join, the better the group will become. Good luck.

I've actually had greater muscle building results with only one workout a week to absolute failure, with an occasional NTF (not to failure) thrown in.
posted 19 Mar 2011, 11:25
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High Intensity Training is best described as a brief, but all out effort, that can pack on muscle rapidly.

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