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Thoughts on my upcoming cut.

Thursday, November 3, 2011 by  
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November
3
2011
Not that kind of cut.

Not that kind of cut.

I’ve been putting a lot of thought into my upcoming pre-spring cut, and this year I’m going to run my cutting phase differently than I have in years past.

The first thing to note is that if I accomplish my 2011 goal of maintaining less than 10% body fat then I won’t have a great deal of fat to cut. Right now I’m in the mid 8% body fat range, and so with less than two months left in the year I’m looking good to accomplish that goal.

For the sake of planning, let us assume that I’ll start my cut at 186 pounds and 9.8% body fat. Obviously that’s just a guess, but with the holidays coming up (and knowing I’ve got a strict cut on the horizon) I have no doubt I’ll add a little fat before the end of the year.

So 186 pounds at 9.8% body fat is 18.228 pounds of fat and 167.772 pounds of lean mass. I’ll also assume that about 4 pounds of that lean mass will be bloat from my pre-cut cheat weekend (which I have no doubt will take place).

I have decided that my goal on this cut is to get very light–lighter than I’ve been since 2003 or 2004–and so for the first time ever my goal will not be based on a body fat percentage. That said, I suspect that as a natural byproduct of my goal of getting very light my body fat percentage will be quite low–perhaps 6%.

So how light do I want to get? Well, that remains to be seen. You see, there’s an added wrinkle: I want to cut for 10 weeks–no more, no less. The reason for the 10 week time frame is because I am planning to attend a mountain biking skills camp with my brother in mid-March. I’ll be traveling out of state for this camp, and I’ll staying with my brother at his home in Austin. After the camp I’m going to hang out with my bro for a couple extra days so we can tear up the awesome local trails. I don’t want to be in the middle of a cut during all of this; I want Texas fajitas and beer. 🙂

My cut will begin on Monday, January 2, 2012 and run through Sunday, March 11, 2012. It will be an aggressive cut, and I will lose some lean mass along with the fat. The idea is to lose some “show” muscle while maintaining the muscles I actually use in sport and life.

No, I will not be staving myself. I’m not going to turn my back on the solid cutting principles that I’ve learned over the past eight years. Still, my calories will be cut a little more than they have in years past to put my progress on the outside range of safe and effective fat loss: 2 pounds per week. Factoring in the 4 pounds of bloat I’ll be carrying into the cut (which I’ll lose in the first week), I feel that I should be able to cut 22-25 pounds in 10 weeks. So we’re talking a body weight in the neighborhood of 161 to 164 pounds. That’s pretty darn light for me.

As always, my cut will be ultra-strict: no cheat meals, 100% clean and all-natural foods, no alcohol, no missed workouts and no excuses. I’ll be doing a ridiculous amount of cardio (mostly mountain biking, of course), and working hard to make my cardiovascular system the best it’s ever been.

When I finish this cut I am going to be a lean, mean trail-shredding cardio machine. 🙂

John Stone Fitness Comments

18 Responses to “Thoughts on my upcoming cut.”
  1. I like this idea John, cause it’s a change. And change is good. I suspect you’ll receive some opposition from the haters though. No worries, you’ve changed your goals and they are exactly that, your goals.

    Will you be taking pics during the cut this time around?

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    • I can’t worry about what anyone else thinks. It’s my life, my goals and my body. I’ve enjoyed the past eight years and everything I’ve accomplished, but I have to be true to me.

      I won’t ever take those posed progress pictures again, but I’m sure I’ll post some other pictures. Of course I want to look good, but aesthetics are not the priority. By the time you get to your mid-40s many things are far more important than modeling underwear.

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  2. Hey John, I was wondering what your thoughts are about Drew Manning… he’s the super-fit personal trainer that gained like 80lbs of fat (has been all over the news) on purpose to experience being overweight, and now he’s going to start a cut on Nov 5 to lose it all. He hasn’t posted his full routine or meal plan yet, but this is very reminiscent of your cuts. I was curious to hear what you might think about this cutting plan and/or his strategy in general. (We all remember that you’re ‘the original’! 🙂

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    • My honest opinion is that the whole thing seems sort of gimmicky and otherwise pointless. I remember someone else doing the same thing a couple of years back. I have not followed his story apart from reading about his plans.

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  3. I look forward to seeing your progress John. I’m going to try to get as light as possible for next year’s xc racing. It will be my last year in the 35-44 age group, I’ve finished second the last two years and my goal is to win next year before I have to go in the old guy’s class. I was in the low 180’s during the 8 week race series this summer and I have let myself slip to the low 190’s and boy do I feel a difference on the bike. My goal is 170 lbs. I will be doing the new P90X2 program with diet as the original has worked for me in the past. I’m going to try and limit my holiday damage by doing the first month of the original P90X starting next week. I’d like to start the new program Jan.2 at no more than 185-188 lbs. My bike is going on a diet too.

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    • Probably not any more than I already have. Right now I’m doing mostly compound and Oly lifts, very little isolation work and a mix of high rep/moderate weight and low rep heavy weight. This seems to be working well for me, and I’m enjoying my workouts a lot.

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  4. Hey John,

    Didn’t I read a while back that you were going to completely eliminate alcohol. Why the change? (sorry if this steps on any toes, not my intention..just curious)

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