The Do-Over


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  1. Kazzy says:

    I pick stuff up and put stuff down. It seems to work. I can’t make heads or tails of all the heat generated by workout approaches.Report

    • Dave Regio in reply to Kazzy says:


      There’s a lot in that world I can’t make heads or tails of. For example, have you been to the Facebook pages of the some of the hardcore lifting sites (Generation Iron, Testosterone Nation,

      Expect to see this mentality:

      Person X: Did you know 1+1 = 3?

      Me: It’s 2

      Person X: I just checked your profile picture. Your physique sucks. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

      I wish I was exaggerating.Report

      • Kazzy in reply to Dave Regio says:

        Jesus. I really am not in that world at all. I mean, I am really into working out… but I don’t frequent any of the subcultures.

        I’ve worked with a few trainers and read stuff here and there, but the minute someone says, “Well, the only right/best way…” I stop. I can’t get into dogma… especially with something that has so many variables as health and exercise. It is one reason I enjoy your writing so much.

        I’m not surprised this nonsense exists… I just can’t begin to try to wade into it.

        I will also say, at the risk of sounding arrogant (WHEN DO I NOT RISK SOUND ARROGANT?), that I am blessed with pretty good genes when it comes to working out and physique so I have alot more margin for error when it comes to how I approach what I do. That makes it easy to tune that stuff out.Report

        • Dave in reply to Kazzy says:


          You can’t be considered arrogant until you have a fan club like the one I have here. πŸ˜‰

          As it is, I don’t think that someone’s being arrogant when they discuss genetics and physiques because they very much matter, as do body shapes and types.

          For me, if I want to lean myself down to sub 10% body fat, I’d have to work very hard at it, to the point where the dieting becomes uncomfortable. Other people can literally grow into it without having to suffer.

          What’s easier for me vs. the skinny ectomorph with a metabolism that runs 1,000,000 miles an hour is that I can probably pack on mass much more easily. I guess we’ll find out because I’m going to try to add 10-15 lbs of lean mass over the next six months. I have to be careful about it though. I need to minimize fat gain, which is inevitable to some degree.Report

          • Kazzy in reply to Dave says:

            I’m curious, Dave… what tends to motivate your goals? Like why are you now choosing to add that much lean mass? This isn’t a criticism… just curious why you are seeking a change.Report

            • Dave Regio in reply to Kazzy says:


              It’s an excellent question because there are many different answers to this questions.

              My motivations have changed repeatedly over the years. When I first stepped on a treadmill, all I wanted to do was be able to make it through a 13.1 mile run with some measure of respectability, something I didn’t think I’d be able to do by the way.

              As I got into different training modalities, my goals changed. With calisthenics, I was more performance/athlete oriented so I preferred the harder HIIT workouts in addition to the high volume bodyweight training. Trying to stay lean was more important to me then when compared to adding mass.

              As I got more into traditional strength/bodybuilding work, I started doing the kind that led to some pretty interesting muscle gains without even trying to build muscle. As I’ve progressed even beyond that, I’ve discovered a world of lifting that I really enjoy, and the programming is geared for the kind of strength and muscle growth that made putting on lean mass a viable option.

              I’ll have to be careful, but it can’t hurt to try a smart lean bulk for six months and see what happens. Worst case, I’ll reverse course and gear my training and nutritional programming to fat loss. I tend to do that anyway when summer comes around.Report

              • Kazzy in reply to Dave Regio says:

                How does your diet shift when doing lean bulk?Report

              • Dave in reply to Kazzy says:

                I’ll add more calories and put myself in a caloric surplus, but not too much of one. My hope is a 1/2 lb per week. I may be able to push that with the kind of training I do, but by pushing, maybe it goes to 1 lb. Any more than that then the weight gained won’t be lean mass.

                I’ve been winging it for the last week or so but I’m going to put myself on a plan and stick to those foods most of the time.

                From a macros standpoint, I’ll be pushing something like 45% carbs, 35% protein and 20% fat. If protein is too high, I’ll push it down and up carbs.

                I eat most of my carbs in the evening since that’s when I train. Sweet potatoes and oatmeal work just fine for me.Report