As I was trying to catch up on emails and Facebook messages I noticed I was being asked many of the
same questions by a lot of different people so I decided it may be easier to answer them here. If you've followed me for a while you'll notice I've answered some of these in the past and my answers today may be different-- this is just because as you learn what works for you sometimes methods of training or eating change. It doesn't mean I was right or wrong before, it just means I'm doing what works best for me at this moment.
What program are you currently using?
I'm doing a mix of my own thing and James Wilson's Body Earned program. Some days I feel inspired to use what I've learned while becoming certified to create my own workouts and sometimes I just want to follow something that's already laid out for me.
What's your cardio routine?
As of a couple weeks ago, I've really limited my cardio. I lost a good amount of muscle in the past couple of months due to under eating and not working out regularly so I'm really really focusing on building. To build muscle you need an excess of calories and doing a bunch of cardio is counter productive.
How often do you do HIIT?
If I'm trying to lean out I'll do sprints on the treadmill or step mill 3- times a week. Right now I don't plan on doing any interval training until after the holidays.
How often are you weight training?
I'm trying to get back into my groove of 5 days a week. I like to take off a day in the middle of the week to catch up on sleep and then usually Sunday's too. It's important to remember your muscles need time to recover and repair and if you over work them you're actually doing yourself a disservice. Rest days are important!
Any supplements or vitamins you suggest?
I typically stick to the basics- a whole food multi vitamin, Iron, B12, Fish oil, & Vitamin C. I use Amino Energy before workouts and whey protein afterwards. I'm also probably going to start taking creatine over the next few months while I'm in my building phase. I've never really used it before so I'll have to keep you posted on how I like it!
What are you current goals when it comes to fitness?
Like I mentioned above, I'm really focused on building muscle right now. This means I'm lifting as heavy as possible and taking longer rest periods (1 min to 1.5 min). I'm also trying to slowly bump up my calories to where they were this time last year which is about 2000 on workout days. It's a lot harder than you would think and actually messes with your mind sometimes, but I'm taking it slow and so far so good!
If you have other questions that I didn't cover above feel free to leave them below-- I'm more than happy to do another post like this!