I don’t know that I have my “Flex” fitness person right, since there is also a Flex Wheeler, but I’m going to credit this to Flex Lewis as he’s the one I thought was responsible for the philosophical outlook that I am about to talk about. In any case, Lewis is currently competing and is ripped beyond ripped, so I’m inclined to believe he’s the one who spouted what I’m going to be discussing today.
That topic is cardio. Lots of cardio.
I am soon going to be living alone in North Dakota for a short period of time. Well, I say short but that could be up to six months. In any case, I’m going to have a chance to work out a lot because I’ll have little else to do. My wife is my best friend and I spend 99% of my time with her. When she’s not around for six months, I’m going to be spending a lot of time focusing on myself. I am going to get ripped.
The reason I have referenced Flex Lewis is that I read (and for the life of me I can’t find the article anymore) that Flex does cardio twice a day: once in the morning and once in the evening. The cardio sessions should be 30 to 45 minutes in length and just enough to get the blood going, a sweat running, and get the metabolism running. Well, I’m sure Flex does enough to get him ready for a full on workout, but I think that as long as you get the metabolism moving, you should be doing enough because you aren’t trying to win bodybuilding competitions.
Without my wife with me, I’ll be getting up early enough to do 30-45 minutes of cardio, then shower, and I’ll head off to work. When I get home for the day, I’ll do another cardio session right before I lift weights in my custom dumbbell “at home” workouts and that will give me what I need to start slimming down and start bulking back up in the right way. I will have me some nice muscles by the time I get to my new home.
I have considered doing this while she’s still here but I can barely tackle work without cutting out on sleep so I can spend some time with her. I’m a postal carrier and that means, since this is Christmas, that I’m working 12 hour days on a regular basis. Hell, I’ve been putting in 12-15 hour days lately, even though over 12 isn’t supposed to be allowed. I’d rather spend the time with her than workout right now… knowing that I’ll have nothing else to do soon will be just fine to me.
I have returned to eating better (though still not perfect) and I have started shedding a few pounds. I don’t have a weight goal anymore, though I’d still like to be under 220, but I do want to be muscled enough to look like I have muscles without flexing. That is a moderately achievable goal, I believe. Don’t you think?