I decided to do the Velocity Diet to cut weight for the Tactical Strength Challenge in April.
The three events are:
- 3 attempts at a max Deadlift
- Bodyweight pull-ups for max reps
- Single arm kettlebell snatches, max reps @ 53lbs, 5-minute time limit
I last competed 3 years ago. Last time I really focused on my deadlift and set a 30lb PR with a 445lb lift. This time I am going to focus on cutting weight and getting my pull-up numbers up.
Training is done 3 days a week as follows:
Strength work (split squats, snatches, or deadlifts)
Overhead press superset with pull-ups
Bench press supserset with rows
Single arm kettlebell swings superset with push-ups
optional assistance work
For additional activity, I walk and play frisbee with my dog, and I work full-time at a YMCA, so I am on my feet most of my 45 hour week. I also do a little indoor rock climbing when we are not busy on my non-lifting days. Fortunately I have only had to fill in and teach 1 “aerobics” class during the diet.
STARTING POINT: 12-28-10
Body weight: 191 lbs
Body fat: 14%
Lean weight: 164 lbs
Fat weight: 27 lbs
…2 days later down to 183 lbs. All the Christmas cookies and other crap (literally) out of my system. Glycogen stores lower and water weight down.
…7 days later down to 180 lbs.
…11 days later down to 177 lbs.
I’m on a tight budget, so I am using a combination of cheap whey protein and fish oil and Metabolic Drive and Flameout. I am also taking Animal Flex to keep my knee healthy, Vitamin D, a basic Multivitamin, and Zinc and Magnesium before sleep.
I use Metabolic Drive for my first and last shakes of the day. Breakfast shake includes some unsweetened whole milk yogurt and berries. I have included a variety of fiber sources: cocoa powder, hemp protein, coconut flour, almond flour. Post workout is nothing fancy, just plain old organic cane sugar.
The first few days were tough, but around day 4 I fell into the groove and actually feel better now than when I started. After the first solid meal (baked potatoes, parsley, eggs), I decided to transition off to one solid meal a day before the end of the 4 weeks. Dinner for the past week has been 3-4 eggs fried in a tablespoon of butter with a handful of raw parsley served on the side.
The 2 week weigh-in is tomorrow. I will update then. I guess the goal of all of this is to get down to 170 with my weight creeping back up to 175 with a return to solid food.