[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
[quote]midlife crisis wrote:
Just finished up the 4th cycle of 531.[/quote]
Like JP was saying, where are you currently (height, weight, fat level, PRs on the big lifts)? Just to get some context.
5’10" 195 No clue on fat. My big concern for cardio is the fact that I carry all my excess around my middle and, at 50, it is hard to lose. When I try to eat more for size, it helps, but I do add fat to my mid section. Maybe I just need to get my calories dialed in. I’ve just never had the patience for that, and just eat when I’m hungry.
Bench 265 Military Press 170 Squat 365 Deadlift 425
What is your current specific goal?
My goal is size and strength without added unwanted weight. I’m not concerned at all with how much I weigh, I just want to be stronger and bigger, but not fat.
The original plan by Park had the rest days as rest days, no training. If you’re looking to gain size, that’s fine. You’re still doing three hard full-body sessions and should optimize recovery. If you’re trying to drop fat, you could add some cardio on the non-lifting days, just monitor the intensity and duration.
This is where I get confused. Every poster on the net has a different idea about what burns fat from slow, steady state cardio, to HIIT, to sprint intervals, etc. As hard as it is for me to add muscle, I damn sure don’t want to lose it dong mindless cardio, but this *hit around my middle has got to go.
Depending on the plan, that could be just fine. It’s all a matter of what you do in each session. Some plans are designed to train only 2 or 3 times every 7 days, so I can’t imagine working with an “8-day week” is drastically different. It’s just an issue of considering the big picture training plan and making sure everything is geared towards your goal.[/quote]
The 8 days just puts me doing nothing for 3 days straight. Maybe on the middle day I could do some sort of metcon or barbell complex with light weight.