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MAX-OT week off; Cutting cycle ending; Myths and lies; Email flood.

Thursday, January 15, 2004 by  
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The MAX-OT strength training program requires a week off every 8-10 weeks. This is done so that the body can recover from several months of heavy, intense weight lifting. It’s been 10 weeks since my last break, so I’m going to start my week off today. This should also be good for my rotator cuff injury, because it is now 95% healed and after a week of no stress on it, I’m hoping it will finally be fully healed. I’m still going to do my normal cardio workouts, just no weight training.

My cutting cycle is coming to an end. I’m almost back down to 8% body fat, and next week I will start to raise my calories back to my maintenance level. I’ll probably add 200 calories to my daily intake the first week, and another 200 calories the second week. I seem to be able to slowly add muscle without gaining much fat at about the 2200-2300 calorie level. Of course I’ll be monitoring my progress closely and making adjustments as needed. Losing weight and gaining muscle are very fluid endeavors, so careful monitoring of your diet and exercise routines will make adjustments very easy. Is something not going as planned? No problem – adjust your diet and/or workout and then monitor the results of the adjustment for a week or two. Cause and effect. Many people make losing weight and/or gaining muscle much harder than it needs to be. I think one of the biggest reasons for that is because of all the misinformation, half-truths and outright lies that are constantly repeated. Once you manage to fight your way through all of the BS and begin to understand the basic principles of a sound diet and regular exercise, it’s really not all that difficult to do whatever you want with your body (as long as you stick to your plan, stay dedicated and work hard.) I remember that before I started learning about fitness and health in early 2003, I thought crunches and sit-ups were the ticket to a 6-pack. I thought light weights and high reps would “tone” my muscles. I thought a very low calorie diet was the best way to lose weight. It’s all crap, and unfortunately that kind of stuff is repeated over and over, every single day. I’m doing everything I can to help dispel these all-to-common myths, so that people like us can stop wasting our time doing all the wrong things. I want everyone who reads this site to actually have a fighting chance to obtain the healthy body that they desire.

I answered emails for almost four hours last night. When I was tired and could answer no more, I added the new emails that came in during the time I was working on the old emails, and I made a net dent of 7. I have not even had a chance to look at the pile that arrived while I was sleeping. Yikes. I’m enjoying the emails a lot, and writing back to everyone is a pleasure; however, as I mentioned yesterday, it’s going to take me some time – perhaps a week or more – to get to all of these. I have a real passion for fitness, and I wish I could do this sort of thing for a living… but my current job is what pays the bills, and it does require a lot of my time. Thanks again for your patience.

As always, see you tomorrow!

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