I should probably feel like I am closer to the end but in all honesty I can’t really say I started this round until I transitioned from P90X3 and T25 to Body Beast. That was back around day 51 and so technically I suppose this would only be day 28 or so of a Body Beast 12 week or 84 day program. That makes more sense to me since the first 51 days or so seemed more like a vacation than a workout regimen. I feel like I am getting into the swing of Body Beast and heavy weights again however I know I keep on saying this but I am really missing the high HR aspect of HIIT. I think that I am in withdrawal and even though I am probably doing 2 days a week of what I would consider either HIIT or cardio it’s just not psychologically enough for me. I think that maybe after another 21 days or so I might transition into a 3 day Body Beast and 3 day HIIT schedule and try to squeeze some more high HR work into my system. I do love pushing heavy things around but at my age it’s more dangerous than fun and having the extra cardio may help in the recomposition that I am trying to accomplish. At the moment though I want to get as much as I can out of the bulk phase before I start back into bodyweight and HIIT bootcamp type stuff which I think will be my workout of choice for the summer months.
For some people the balance of cardio and HIIT is critical to their success in controlling their weight. It’s just not possible for them to lower their body fat percentages without some cardio, I know that I am one of those people. I am not complaining though, because it’s also that body type that allows me to put on 12lbs of muscle in 6 weeks and add back the 200lbs that was missing from my bench. I am fine with the fact that for the most part if you are “big” like people tend to label me as, then you can get away with an extra little layer of fat, it tends to go with the territory and if you can get rid of it you go from big to epic in a very short span. Funnily enough I don’t really think of myself as that big, I mean I know I out weigh most of my peers and that my strength is far beyond theirs but I don’t see myself as being that out of the ordinary. For the time I have spent on Body Beast though, there are times that I feel like I miss the HIIT and the ability therefore to control my fat levels. At the risk of beating a dead horse I will leave it at that. Look for more bodyweight (P90X or Insanity) in the near future once I get tired of not being able to scratch my head after arms day.