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Coming Back After 3 Months. No Idea Where to Even Look


#1

Hello everyone,

I used to be a big fan of lifting weights. I started with doing crossfit, then added Greyskull LP and then switched purely to Greyskull LP for pure strength. I was a beginner so my numbers arent that significant to mention, but I think i had the diet down and was making slow but steady progress, felt great and looked good .

Starting June, I started a dream in completely new industry, completely inexperienced, in a new country with no friends. I was under constant stress and was trying to socialize as much as possible, so having lunch with colleagues, beers after work, party hard during weekends. I kind of did this intentionally, as for me it was important, so it’s not like I completely fell of the train, as it was an intentional decision.

but now, 3 months later, its time to get back to working out !

Thing is, i need to lose a big of weight first, ideally between 5-10 kilos. I started jogging in the morning, 3x a week. Now my dilemma, is whether to start crossfit classes or do a proper bodybuilding routine. Reason why this is important to me, is the kind of gym I will sign up to, either a crossfit gym, or a regular gym.

Benefits of crossfit gym, is the teacher (more motivation) good equipment and ideal for losing weight.
Benefit of regular gym is the price, and thats the only thing I can think of

Fellas, what would you recommend to someone, who wants to start getting back in shape after 3 months of neglecting his body ? Im sure some of you have been here - what tips would you give me ? thanks !


#2

Do what you like.

Just do it.

Today.

Now.

Get off the internet.


#3

I second @JFG. If your goal is general fitness, choose whichever one you enjoy and will be able to stick to more consistently


#4

Generally, choosing the sustainable path is yoir best option. Pick what you want to do in the long term and work towards that. 5 weeks to pack on muscle or similar gimmicks are best left to the suckers.


#5

stopping this should be your first step and then realizing that you did this crap on purpose . what kind of dream forces you to party hard on the weekends? Just curious.


#6

I went from being a miserable lawyer into video game design in one of the top companies in the world, with 0 experience.


#7

Shit, let’s talk about this instead… That actually sound pretty awesome.

I think you’ll be fine once you re-prioritize your schedule.

Personally, I like to think of my GPP as a pyramid; the biggest block is for strength training (heavy reps in the 4-6 range), the middle block the “look good neked” block (That’s your higher rep beach muscle work), and finally the top block is conditioning.

If your priority is those 10-20kg then you’re going to have to spend time in the kitchen too. I have been loosely following CTs advice here:

I can honestly say I already feel a lot better from it.


#8

That kitchen thing is clutch. If you have a tight schedule, learn to cook a lot of foods that can be frozen and then just heated right back up and learn how to really pack a freezer good.

Protein smoothies with whatever healthy options thrown in there custom tailor made for your goals can be a life saver too. Invest in a good blender. There really is a big different in quality and power between cheapos and a good Osterizer or whatever good brand.


#9

Less than 20g of carbs a day ? That sounds just insane


#10

Lol, no. I meant read the thread. I’m not sure why that’s quoted.


#11

I was wondering why I got quoted. Lol

One of those things, I suppose; I feel really good that restricted and don’t have cravings like I do trying to manage a typical diet.