Hey guys/gals. This is my first post on here, so be gentle....
I first started my intense training about a year and a half ago. I got a membership at 24 hour fitness. After half a year of working out, with very small noticeable results, I decided to get a personal trainer. I dedicated myself to working out intensely for about another half a year, in which I went from 300 pounds to 240.
A few months ago, I moved from Utah to California, and to my surprise, most of the 24 hour fitness gyms around my house are completely packed. The only time they are empty is in the early morning.
Taking the easy route, I decided to stop working out because of lame excuses such as the gym is too packed, I have to first settle down, I have to get used to a new job, etc...
Before I knew it, months have passed and I am back to 270. It feels awkward when it finally hits you, you have been slowly but surely putting all that disgusting fat back on, pretty much letting all the hard work and effort go to waste.
2 weeks ago I decided that it is unacceptable to continue my lifestyle. I am a software developer and sit all day long!! For 2 weeks now, I have been waking up at 4 am, and am hitting the gym for about an hour and a half every morning. This gives me ample time to workout properly with enough cardio, but more importantly for me, I completely avoid all the crowds.
I am currently at around 28% body fat (educated guess). I believe the reason I gave up on my working out is because fat loss was not a good enough motivator to keep going to the gym. I was working really hard, but because of the caloric deficit I was maintaining, my strength was slowly dropping. I have always been big and the idea of loosing weight and being skinny and puny looking was not very attractive.
I am thinking about approaching it from a different angle this time. Rather then focus on dieting and loosing weight, I will do the opposite, and focus on gaining muscle.
I am hoping that a year from now, I will have some muscle gains to where I will feel more comfortable to aim for a fat loss goal. The idea behind this is that more muscle = more calories burned, so my metabolism will significantly increase the rate of fat loss.
I realize how noobish/repetitive this question must seem, but is it even healthy for someone with so much BF to start a training program rather then try to loose some fat first? Any and all comments/suggestions are extremely appreciated.
Height: 6 foot 2 inches
LBM: 195 pounds