Basically right now I am doing my EMT and in the fall I plan to attend the Fire Academy here in Houston TX. I train 1-2 times/day and do not have a “set” rest day(s)…i take a rest day as needed just listening to my body. I lift heavy to obv get stronger but lately have added a lot of active rest to increase my workout intensity a bit.I have I also do cardio at home a few times a week.
My husband is ex military and i use his ruck to fill about 55-60lbs worth and will warm up wearing this on the stairclimber @ 60 steps/min for about 8 mins then slow it down a bit to finish out 10-12 minutes of my warmup…ill wear this to walk/jog the track that goes around the weights (1/10 mile track) as one of my active rest exercises, or do farmers carries with about 40lb dumbells…and end my workouts with about a 20 min body weight circuit i do in the sauna (jump squats, pushups, abs, dips etc)…
Here is my problem…I am 5’3 & was weighing in around 125 & 20%bf and quite strong…I started adding in my cardio (sprints, 2 mile runs, weighted jogs, etc) and upping the active rest in my workouts in effort to up my muscle endurance…i lost 5-6lbs and am also at 18% bf, i look great lol but my lifts went down i felt very drained…i think i have found a happy medium now as my weights are going back up but i know my endurance is not at the level i need it to be…how can i increase this while maintaining my strength and size (i A LOT but i eat clean so its hard to eat so many calories of clean low calorie meals)…
right now my sets(not max, i dont know my maxes) are as follows
incline dumbell bench ( i dont flat bench often): 4 sets of 10-6 with 40’s-45’s
squat: 2 sets of 8 with 225, 1x6 135, 1x4 155
dumshoulder press: 4x10-6 with 40s-45s
deadlift: 4x6 of 185
those are some of my main lifts…as you can tell im pretty strong for my size but i dont want to lose any of this, i want to get stronger but i find it hard since i keep slowly losing weight and bf and getting even smaller… when i say i am doing the fire academy i often get looked at like “yeah okay”
any advice here on this will be greatly appreciated!