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Old 06-16-2008, 08:27 AM   #1
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nutrition for full time lifters

So I recently gave up all other activity and will devote my time to full-on olympic weightlifting, 5 days a week. This is going to be a huge change for me, because I'm used to either 1) lots of cardio (running, soccer, lacrosse, biking), and 2) CF. I'll still be getting a fair amount of exercise, but it's just a very different kind, and you definitely don't get the same feeling after you've lifted that you do after a metcon workout.

My question is should I alter diet at all? I'm currently at 12 blocks, have been quite satisfied with that; even these past few weeks I think I've gotten a bit leaner from the lifting. I came back from Boston last week (which was a cheat week of hell), normally have 1-2 cheat meals per week, and am going to Hawaii in 2 weeks (which will also probably be cheat-ful). Do you think the cheats will be extremely detrimental because I'm not "burning" as much as I did when I played lacrosse, or did CF workouts?

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Old 06-16-2008, 08:35 AM   #2
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Re: nutrition for full time lifters

Are you interested in gaining (or losing) any mass to hit a certain weightclass, or to optimize your performance anyway?
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:12 AM   #3
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Re: nutrition for full time lifters

well the primary goal right now is 1) to get technique down and 2) get as strong as i can. i can afford to gain muscle mass for strength purposes but not for weight -- i weigh 57ish kg and it would be bad if i were in the 63 kg weight class.
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Old 06-16-2008, 07:09 PM   #4
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Re: nutrition for full time lifters

I would cross post this over at PM Rachel!! And best on the lifting. We gonna lift and party together in JULY?

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Re: nutrition for full time lifters

I am about the same size you are and did the same thing for a powerlifting competition. I upped my fat, and became stronger than I have ever been. See how you feel , you may even want to up it to 13 blocks. But the fat and amount I ate really affected strength. Remember: eat for performance!
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Re: nutrition for full time lifters

Hey Carina thanks for your input. My coaches upped me to 14 blocks because they were convinced I wasn't eating nearly enough. 14 blocks seems like wayyyy too much, but I guess they know more than me! So we'll see how it goes.
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Sounds about right....Just to warn you too....Im 5'2 118-120lbs....I totally gained a bit of mass but my bf% lowered and weight stayed the same so don't freak out!!!! Good Luck girl, you're diet is so on point you're going to be a monster!
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Re: nutrition for full time lifters

Good to know! Yeah I've definitely leaned out some since I started the lifting, but I definitely have more energy on the 14 blocks now, so hopefully I won't gain any fat, but more muscle and lean out some more. 120 kg squat, here I come ...
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