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Planning for the New Year

I’m a man who loves symbols and symbolic things. One such thing is symbolic starts to new endeavors.

I know people who aren’t like this. People who, if they decided on the second Tuesday of February that they’re going to start working out, or a new diet, or gym routine, they’d start that new thing on the second Wednesday of February. I envy them.

For some reason, that clashes with the way I’m wired. I need the beginning of a week, or a month, or, in this case, a year.

2018 starts a week from Monday, and I want to be on the move with new goals and a new routine as soon as the gym opens the next day. There’s also the added motivation of the bodybuilding.com 12 week, $250,000 Transformation Challenge that I will be taking part in.

So, keeping in mind that I’m looking for something that’s not a huge disruption to my day-to-day so I can stick with it, what are the options?

As far as diet is concerned, I’ve done some good work over the last few months to lose body fat some without sacrificing much lean mass, and I’d really hate to put too much fat back on in the process of gaining muscle. My current ranking of nutritional choices is

  1. High protein, moderate carb, moderate fat
  2. High protein, moderate fat, low carb
  3. High fat, moderate protein, low carb

As far as training goes, in definitely looking to put on size over the 12 weeks, but I’d also like to focus on strength more than I have in the past. My current ranking of workout routines is

  1. Occam’s Protocol by Tim Ferriss
  2. 5/3/1 by Jim Wendler
  3. Shortcut to Size by Jim Stoppani

I think I’ll likely select the first in each of those sections though, I’ll admit, I’m very interested in the 5/3/1. What’s stopping me is

  • I’ve never actually deadlifted or squatted, so there would be a huge learning curve.
  • I obviously don’t have any idea what my one rep max is for the lifts, partly because I’ve never done some of them, and partly because it’s been so long since I’ve been to the gym.
  • I don’t want to overtrain, which seems like a real possibility early on.

Anyway, that’s what I’ll be working through for the next week, getting ready for my symbolic start to a new beginning. Check back next week for the updates daily routine.

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