I’m putting a hold on my weight lifting for the time being. My primary reason is weight loss. The goal of strength training, from an aesthetic purpose, is to get bigger muscles. Everyone likes seeing a man with big muscles, right? Well it’s been about a year since I’ve started going to the gym to strength train. Have I gotten stronger? Absolutely. I think I started under 100 pounds for nearly all of my exercises, and now I’m inching toward 150 for some of them. But my muscles have not gotten any larger. I’m not scrawny by any means but I’m also not swole.

It seems the main reason I’m not getting bigger muscles is because I don’t eat enough, and I don’t eat the right kinds of things. And that need to eat more is what’s making me temporarily step away from strength training. I don’t want to eat more. I want to eat less. I want to intermittent fast. I want to burn calories. This is because I am far, far more concerned with getting down to a healthy weight, than I am with building muscle. I would rather expedite getting skinnier at the expense of building muscle, than take forever losing fat while gaining muscle.

Therefore I’m instead moving to a HIIT-style workout. I already had a HIIT workout in my normal routine but now I’m making that style of exercise my main. Right now I’m looking at 20 minutes, 3 times a week.

My workout will be inspired by the Tabata regiment, and Nerd Fitness’s beginner body workout. I’m mainly concerned with getting my heart rate up, getting sweaty, and getting calories expended. I’ll use the Tabata style of 20 seconds exercise, 10 seconds rest, repeat for 4 minutes (so 8 sets per exercise)

  • Squats
  • Burpees
  • Jumping jacks
  • Lunges
  • Planks to finish – that way when it’s over and I’m ready to collapse I’m already on the ground

This will give me more opportunities to do intermittent fasting as well. And I’ve found intermittent fasting is my most powerful tool for weight loss.