[quote]Big Al 1983 wrote:
some people tell me to lose a bunch of body fat first, others tell me to get a strong as possible first then lose the fat later.
Anyone have any thoughts/advise on this?[/quote]
It’s a little weird asking people to choose a goal for you, but I know what you mean about the confusing info.
In your other thread the other week, you said you were “6 foot 1, 290 lbs 25% body fat.”
Bodyfat percentages are impractical to say the least, but presuming that’s the ballpark you’re in, you could lose 30 pounds of fat and still be a very big dude. I’d think about cleaning up your nutrition, doing some basic not-too-intense cardio, and a simple lifting routine to drop fat first.
You’ll still build some strength along the way as long as your diet isn’t too harsh and you’ll end up in a better place, physique-wise, after a few months.
Also, if you’re still interested in doing a powerlifting meet, find one and sign up for it ASAP. You can totally still do it even if you’re in “fat loss mode.” The numbers you’ll put up are secondary to the experience of competing and having a concrete deadline scheduled should help motivate you to shoot for the 275-pound class (or whatever).