12 Week “Cut” Program – (Muscle & Strength) Day ONE

I am starting a new program (12 weeks)…. 

 

This isn’t a challenge of any sorts, but instead a program for me to “cut” and still keep my gains. I had to do some research on my own time to figure out which program I would start to give me an idea on how to go about it, and chose one from Muscle and strength, now this particular program I am starting, I am doing  “my version” because everyone is different, while some might find following the plan word from word may work, I know myself well enough to tweak and make changes to things that won’t work for me & my goals. This program’s goal is to allow one to lose up to 20 pounds, keep muscle mass (while still being lean) and increases conditioning (which will help with keeping me in shape at the same time). Along with doing this program, I am going to redo my macros (reset them to fit this program better) because as I have said before “nutrition is very important”. 

 

I chose this particular program on a whim and just went with it, (so I am taking a risk and seeing if it works or if it does me no good at the end)  and I knew I could change what needed to be changed without going too far from the original. I don’t always listen to sites such as these, but every once in a while it is nice to take a break from having to come up with programs for myself and gives me more time to focus on other things that need to be done. This program also gives a meal plan (a break down of what to eat for the first 7 days and it is probably recommended to eat that same thing for the 12 weeks) but of course, I am not going to follow that particular meal plan because I don’t want to and want to do my own thing 🙂 – I may do some of what it tells me to eat but otherwise, I will find alternatives (of course as long as it fits my macros) and makes sense to the plan (I won’t go too far from the meal plan it has set up).  The same goes for the exercises, It list the first 7 days of exercises/ rest days but I will eventually add or replace certain exercises to get a variety (as long as it makes sense to the plan). 

 

For the most part, I plan on following this plan the way it is set up and making adjustments as I go. Today was the first day of me starting this 12 week program. I plan on sharing the exercises with you as I go along.. 

 

Workout Session: 

 
  • Incline bench press: 3 x 8-10 (45 lb)
  • One arm DB row: 3 x 10-12 (20 lb)
  • Seated barbell press: 3 x 8-10 (35 lb)
  • pull ups: 3 x 10 (no assistance)
  • skullcrushers: 3 x 10-12 (20 lb)
  • DB curls: 3 x 10 -12 (40 lb)
  • Cardio: 5 minutes 
  • push up challenge: 42 reps.

I followed the plan today with these exercises, after a while the goal is to eventually add more weight to them. The cardio for the first 6 weeks will be 3 times a week, the second 6 weeks cardio will be higher and more frequent. 

 

I have never heard of muscle & strength prior to this, so this will allow me to also do a review on this particular program & site. Which should be fun, if anything I hope to lose 10 lb, but 20 would be awesome, all the while getting more muscle packed on. We shall see how this goes. If you are interested in looking at the program I am doing, here is the link: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/12-week-fat-destroyer

 

My starting Weight: 144 lb

height: 5’8 

age: 24 years old

BMI: 21.9

 
 
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Coming Up With a New Nutrition Plan before the Upcoming Year

Eat, Food, Vitamins, Vegetables

Heyyyyyyyyyyyy!

So, I know it is the weekend and I normally do not post on the weekends, but tada I am here! I decided to post a little something I have been thinking about and wanted to share with everyone and see if anyone else is having the same thoughts as me, or wants to share their own experience, etc.

 

I have decided that before the upcoming year, I want to change my eating habits (once again) not because of anything bad for say, but because I want something new and different. I don’t mean I want to go on a diet or anything, I just want to manage my eating a lot more strict, but not so strict where I can’t stick with it. I have been doing IIFYM, and I enjoy it and will stick with it for the time being, because it works for me. I don’t know what I am trying to do exactly yet, I just have a few goals in mind that I am challenging myself to do to see how it works out along the way. My reasoning for something new is because I just want more variety & consistency – I don’t want to go so long and then give up, or stray down the wrong path. I want something to keep me disciplined.. so I have downloaded the calorie tracker on my phone and I am going to invest into a food scale as well, and I am going to embark on this journey with a new mindset, new goals, and a new attitude.

 

Does anyone else feel the way I feel about this time, where they just want to embark on a new journey fitness/health wise, even if things seem to be going “okay”, you just want something new and fresh, something more challenging, maybe more strict, possibly more time consuming, but you want this because you have an end goal in mind and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet it? I have my exercise regimen the way I want it before deciding to join CrossFit again, but I want my nutrition to meet the same standards, and so I am going to find something that gives me the pleasure and satisfaction I need in order to make me happy – By strict I don’t mean cutting my calories to like 500, I am not talking about extremes, just something more or less different but the same.. (confusing, I know)

 

I think once I come up with something I want to do (an overall plan) it will be grand, life changing, long term and very rewarding in the end. This post was to just my mind jogging and thoughts moving around, thanks for reading.

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxx