There’s a lot of these threads, and I wouldn’t have started one, but I have some questions, so here goes.
Currently on day 2. Initial impressions? I hate the shakes. They’d be fine if it wasn’t for the weird, sweet aftertaste, it’s almost aspartame like. Sometimes I struggle to hold them down.
I think that I have less of a desire to eat “real” food as much as I desire not to drink the shakes. Nonetheless, no pain, no gain, so I’ll deal.
Taste aside, I’m definitely not hungry, if anything I feel full all day.
I weighed in yesterday at 199, just under 200 (I’m 5’11"). I really don’t want to be a scale watcher- for one, because weight doesn’t tell the whole story, and for 2, I think weekly checking is more appropriate.
Nonetheless, I couldn’t resist this morning, and the scale was almost 4 lbs lighter. I’m guessing that’s mostly water weight, or natural fluctuations.
Anyway, on to the questions.
I climb (indoors, at a gym) 3 days a week. I was planning on these being my high cal days (where I take the Surge). For me, this means 2-3 hours, with a partner, so I’m obviously not climbing for the whole time, half the time I’m belaying, or setting up, etc.
Anyway, while climbing uses the whole body, the only muscle groups that really might get hypertrophied would be the back, and grip muscles (at least that’s my experience).
Before the diet, I’d aim to lift on my non-climbing days. Especially focusing on pushing muscles, such as chest work, dips, shoulders, etc. Mostly to keep muscle balance (climbers that don’t frequently end up with tennis elbow, or similar injuries caused by muscle imbalance).
My problem is that I don’t know how to schedule the high cal days. I think I’m only supposed to have 3 a week, and I definitely want the surge when I climb, so I have to energy to do it.
That said, if I want to lift, I’ll have to do it the same day as I climb so as not to expend myself too much on the low cal days. The problem is that this would amount to a marathon session at the gym, and it’s really tough to psych yourself up to lift hard after that, plus the time involved.
So, should I just suck it up, climb, and lift on my 3 surge days a week? Or try some different schedule.
(The formulas worked out to 1500/1800 for my caloric intake, btw).