I have a few questions, most of which are regarding HIIT training. I have gone through a lot of forums and a few articles, but I am looking to get a little more specific advice. I don’t know if this is the best place to post, so if there is a better forum let me know.
I’m 23 years old, 6’3", 235-240lbs, Iv never done a BF% but it must be a little over 10% i would guess. 12 or 13 maybe. My upper abs are usually slightly visible, if I flew the shit out of my stomach after a workout all abs are somewhat visible.
My main goals are to continue to increase muscle mass and continue to increase strength.
My 1RM are:
Bench Press- 360
I lift 5 days a week, my split is as follows:
My workouts usually take right around 90 minutes, and I do them in the afternoon. I have become more interested in powerlifting and increasing those numbers, but I also want cut some fat to get a little leaner.
I currently do virtually no cardio work. I have been thinking about adding HIIT work for about 30 minutes in the moring on about 3 days per week. The only reason I want to do this is just to get rid of the ring of fat the hides my lower abbs and travels all the way around my lower back(basically just to look good with no shirt). I do not want to sacrifice any ability to continue to make quality gains in muscle mass and strength numbers.
Should I do HIIT training? How many times per week would be recomended? What training days would be best to perform HIIT on? Should I do it in the morning? Will this negatively effect my strength gains? Is there a better alternative? What should I or shouldnt I consume pre, and post HIIT training as far as protein, BCAA, or meals? Should I just say F**K the cardio and focus all my energy on continuing to grow? any opinions would be appreciated