Name: Aaron Chew
Weight: 180-185 lbs
Body Fat: ~14%
Weight: 195-200 lbs
Body Fat: ~18%
Weight: 170 lbs
Body Fat: ~9%
What Got Me Started
Before I began "bodybuilding" two years ago, I had always been into lifting weights, because I played basketball on my high school team for four years.
After university began, I needed a way to stay active, since I wasn't playing organized basketball anymore. Also, I had always received compliments how I was "big" and "buff," but this was when I only worked out maybe once or twice a week. Plus, I've always had a phobia of body fat. I guess I wanted to see what kind of changes I could make when putting 100% effort into my body.
Why I Decided To Change My Body
At first, I just wanted to get "big" like a bodybuilder, so after 6 months of working out 5 days per week, and eating everything in sight, I gained about 10 or 15 lbs. At first, I was really happy with my progress, because I thought I was getting buff. But, after taking a new set of pictures at the 6 month interval, I was very unhappy to find out that I gained a lot more fat than I had thought I had. I guess you could say this is where the real "transformation" began.
How I Did It
- Immediately after I took the 6 month pictures, I started introducing
- into my routine twice a week, even though I hated it. I would do two
- sessions per week on the elliptical machine.
- On resistance level 12, I would
- for twenty seconds at about 85-90 RPM, and then "jog/walk" at about 40-50 RPM for 40 seconds to recover. I repeated this cycle 20 times for every HIIT session. Of course, I would do 5 minutes of warm-up and cool down before and after. Doing this cardio routine only twice per week helped me drop about 10-12 lbs in the first three months, and close to 20 lbs within 6 months.
- Losing the last 10 pounds from 180 to 170 took a lot more work. To do this, I increased cardio to 4x per week. By this time, however, I was getting tired of *just* doing HIIT on the elliptical, so I would rotate it with
- laps, and
- on the treadmill. For swimming, I usually do just 20 laps; 5 laps freestyle, 5 laps backstroke, 5 laps breaststroke, and 5 laps butterfly.
- For running, I would alternate either running straight for 20 minutes at about 7-7.5 MPH, or "Body-for-life" style running, which has you change speeds every minute; the first minute, you start at 60% of maximum, and increase 10% every minute until 90%, then you drop down to 60% and repeat the cycle until 5 cycles are completed. Also, on the last cycle, you go all the way to 100%.
- Mixing up the cardio like this kept me from being bored, and I believe it helped me lose weight faster than if I were to have kept doing the same cardio all the time. People say that you should mix up your weight lifting routine to keep your body guessing; I believe this to be true for cardio as well.
- I should note that all this cardio was done in addition to playing recreational basketball 3-4 times per week. I should also add that doing cardio 4x per week like this was very tiring, so I could only keep it up for about 2 months. After resting for a couple months at 2x per week, I've increased it again.
- I've pretty much stuck with the same routine throughout the two years I've been bodybuilding. I've experimented with
- , but usually come back to this layout.
The one thing that I HAVE changed within the last year, however, is the amount of reps. I used to work out with heavy weight and 5-8 reps. However, my brother-in-law became a personal trainer, and altered my workouts. I now do 12 reps per set, and I only take 30 seconds of rest between sets. This high intensity style helped burn more calories, and helped build a lot of endurance. Plus, I'm even stronger now than I've ever been. I'm now trying something slightly different to see how I respond:
I don't really do anything fancy with diet, I just use common sense. I don't count calories; I mostly focus on smaller portion sizes to restrict calories when I'm trying to lose weight. I also do NOT try to get 1-2 grams of protein per lb of bodyweight; that is excessive to me, and it's what made me become fatter in the first place.
I would say I eat clean about 95% of the time. When I "cheat," I usually treat myself with an extra serving, rather than cheating on high calorie foods. That isn't to say it doesn't happen, though, as I like to have pizza or fries once in a while; there are too many good foods out there to exclude completely from the diet.
I've experimented with creatine and fat burners, but the only thing I am consistent with is whey protein. However, I did stop taking it for about 7 months when I first did cardio 4x per week, with little ill effect. I'm now back on it, just to see if I can see a noticeable difference after being off of it for a while.
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