Good words here!
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There seems to be some confusion out there right now regarding which exercises are best for fat loss. •
Picture this. Two identical twins both weigh 200 lbs and have 20% bodyfat. They have the same diet and want to get leaner. They stick to the same maintenance diet for the following year, but their training is different. •
Twin #1 intelligently mimics bodybuilders and lifts weights and builds a ton of strength and ends up packing on 10 lbs of muscle over the course of a year. But his weight didn’t change, which means he has also lost 10 lbs of fat. Now he is at 15% bodyfat and has more shape in the right areas and less fluff in the problem areas. •
Twin #2 scours the fitness mags for the latest trends and does metabolic circuits, burpees, mountain climbers, complexes, and HIIT. He sweats a ton and is exhausted - but he only gains 4 lbs of muscle over the year (and loses 4 lbs of fat). Now he’s at 18% bodyfat and doesn’t look as lean as his twin. •
If you want to be lean AND look good, you need muscle. Whether you’re eating at a caloric surplus, maintenance, or deficit, the exercises that best build muscle are the exercises that will best help you improve your physique. It’s mathematics. It’s irrefutable!
But what if the twins were in a deficit, or in a surplus? Same outcome. If striving to lose weight, rely mostly on diet for creating a deficit and full body strength training to keep muscle. If you stay the same weight and get stronger and fitter, you’ll recomp (lose body fat and gain muscle at the same time) and get leaner. •
There are no distinct bulking exercises and cutting exercises. Remember Ronnie Coleman doing heavy ass squats, deadlifts, db bench, parking lot lunges, and leg presses 6 weeks before the Mr. Olympia? He trained heavy, lowered his cals, and walked on the treadmill. “Everybody wanna be a bodybuilder, but nobody wanna lift no heavy ass weight!” #gluteguy