These were taken during yesterday’s session, weight was 157.6, today got a new low of 156.4. I think this is the best conditioning I’ve had at this weight. My goal when I started cutting about 7 weeks ago was to lose ~10lbs and get down to ~155, I started at 165. So, fortunately things seem to be on point, another pound and a half to go. It really hasn’t been too bad, aside from the weekly HIIT workout. I do not like HIIT, but there’s no doubt it works.
It’s been a very manageable cut. Carbs have been at breakfast (30-50g), pre workout (60g) and every night before bed (25-30g). Around 1800 cals a day, 20-30min post workout cardio, and one weekly HIIT workout. 2 low days a week, plus a re-feed day where we go out to dinner (typically Greek food) and enjoy a couple pints of Halo Top.
I’m leaving next week for some business travels, will be in Nebraska for 5 days, back home for a week, then California for 2 weeks. I already have my gyms mapped out, am active all day long and keep my nutrition on point. I bring Finibars for breakfast before the gym, usually get a sandwich post workout, clean dinner and some Metabolic Drive before bed. Usually throughout the trip there are a couple meals out with the folks I’m working with, maybe a beer or two, but since I’m training every day and staying active I don’t stress over it. I never ever drink, because I’d rather eat my cals and don’t really like beer or alcohol that much, so one or two beers a year isn’t going to hurt lol. I always get a hotel room with a fridge to keep the essentials in there and make sure nutrition is solid. For me, it’s not an inconvenience, it’s enjoyable and I love the aspect of being on the road and still living the lifestyle. Last year, the day I got to California, I woke up ass early, hour drive to the airport, 6.5 hour flight non-stop, hour and change car ride to the hotel, and had a few hours before my first rehearsal. Take a nap? Nah, went to the grocery store to get the essentials, went to the gym, and then to rehearsal. I LOVE IT!
My original plan was to cut to ~155, then go to maintenance until February when the prep would start. Since I’ve been able to lose a steady pound and change a week on my current plan, which has been totally sustainable, when I get back from my trips I’m going to keep cutting on my same plan and see how lean I can get before getting to the point of feeling inconvenienced by it. IF I can get down to 150 or below on this plan, then a prep should be much more manageable if I only have to lose 10-12lbs. Last year I was 141lbs before peak week and went on stage at ~139 after depletion. Upper body was on point, hams, glutes looked good, but quads still weren’t as good as they needed to be. Visible separation, but the hard/dry look wasn’t there. So, we’re thinking we should aim for ~137-138 before peak week. Knowing I’ve put on some solid pounds of LBM, that should put me in a place to be dialed in from head to toe.