Question: “I was reading about how it’s not a good idea to try to gain mass and lose body fat at the same time. I’m an athlete trying to achieve both for the season, but if I’m trying to lose weight then I’m not gaining muscle and if I’m gaining mass then I’m not getting in the shape I want for the season. What would you recommend that I do?”
Answer: If your main goal is to achieve both for the season, depending on when the season starts, I would recommend losing the fat first and then building the muscle. In fact, the leaner you are, the better your performance will be. You will be able to run faster, jump higher, etc. We have an article that is a worthwhile read here => How Body Fat Affects Athletic Performance. However, if you’re running against the clock, you can focus on losing fat while maximizing your window of opportunity to gain some muscle at the same time. Keep in mind, it will take more time for you to accomplish this because you have to consume fewer calories in order to lose body fat but you have to consume a surplus of calories in order to build muscle. It’s challenging, but it is possible. You have to have a really solid workout and nutrition program to make it happen. Here’s an article which discusses this idea in more depth – Can You Lose Fat and Build Muscle At the Same Time?
– Kwesi (Kwesi Peters, CPT, Community Manager)
Question #2 | What to eat before a morning workout?
Question: “Hey, I know early morning workouts are best on an empty stomach, however when I do that, I feel really sick during my sessions. What the best thing to eat before an early morning workout?” – Rashida
Question #3 | Are pistol squats a good exercise?
Question: “Marc, I saw a video where you were doing squats with 2 legs with dumbbells, and was wondering if you’ve ever tried a pistol squat. Not only does it provide a great strength training workout for the legs without any weight, but any additional weight makes a much bigger difference than it does when using 2 legs. Also, have you ever tried the clutch flag exercise? It is not nearly as difficult as the better-known human flag, but it is still rather challenging and is much more accessible while still doing a great job of hitting the lateral chain.” – Robby
Answer: Hey Robby – In terms of leg exercises, the key one’s I do are barbell back squats, forward and reverse lunges with a barbell on my back, lateral lunges, step ups, and DB stiff legged deadlifts. I have done pistol squats but I find them a bit awkward and I’ve heard on multiple occasions people blowing out their knees doing it (tearing ACL etc.). If I do it, I usually will hold on to something like a TRX, which helps me control the angle of the squat a bit better which I think is safer. I’ve never seen the clutch flag exercise, so thanks for letting me know about it! I did the human flag at a conference a few months ago as a challenge without warming up (not the best idea in the world to say the least) and felt the repercussions on it in my left rotator cuff for a good while afterwards.future off facebook activity reddit future difference between will and going to future and lori harvey future as jesus meme future children future diary behind the voice actors future up inc futurology manic street preachers review future value of money future up future with glasses meme future net worth future like i never left future weather forecast future towards a the future of made in italy future leaders sporting future towards an active nation future beyond shell future out of band future jobs future city future tense into passive voice future to present value future beyond meaning hint futurology futurology what is the meaning future weapons futurology kiosk recklinghausen futurology studies limited future without his glasses futurology life fridays for future contra kommentar future islands tour futurology language future goals future against all odds future after covid reddit futurology starter pack future z puma future proof future of next-generation sequencing for life sciences future of work during covid 19 future of top ships future goten future of shiba inu rupee future against dollar is top ships going out of business future all around rope future goals future value of annuity future of via rail future career quiz before future boy future with present future kia future olympic sites future into meaning future as a girl meme future days lyrics distant future opposite of future diary anime future through choices future boy conan futurology magazine future vs option future through training futurology example sentence since future perfect continuous future off white nike releases future of covid future class contra against future quotes future through astrology future xanax damage future like pablo escobar future xbox future about gold difference between future and near future future albums what future brings us future relationship between us and china future timeline future of work futurology predictions future electronics future like i never left lyrics futurology research future on purpose future jesus future ryder cup sites future how many how many futurology research future goals future care futurology center future made of virtual insanity lyrics future relationship between us and china future man future beyond 5g future with will future x strain future after high school future world future on donda books on futurology future relationship between uk and eu sentence with futurology future as a verb but future focus future sight futurology education future in sight future younger future around definition future index futurology explanation futurology manic street preachers review future us open sites future beyond charity future fit break even goals future tense of except future utility platform converse future diagnostics future but y is silent future for the streets meme futurology delphi method future on youtube future learn futurology farms future kings around the world future games future nissan rupee future against dollar future diary characters futurology discord future of next plc future on computer meme future with sunglasses futurology manic street preachers future to be future about gold future marvel movies future as god meme future endeavors meaning futurology with example except future tense form future value future games future diary anime future to listenablefuture future quest future me future of dogecoin the future within our grasp xenoblade future at 49ers game future until meteorology application