Weightlifting & Exercise/strength training and hiit


Dear Karen

I am a skinny fat person and I have been doing hiit for a month now, 4 times a week. Each workout lasts 30 minutes, 2 days legs (squats, lounges, leg liftsÖ) and 2 days upper body workout. I donít use the treadmill, itís mostly high intensity workout using body weight and dumbells.
I have cut out most sugary food, apart from dark chocolate and white bread. I have 1 or 2 protein shakes with oat powder.

My body type is the worse in my opinion, I want to lose fat on my tummy but I also want to bulk up my legs and arms. I am aware that hiit makes you burn fat, but does it help bulking up? If not, should I add some strength training before or after hiit? I have been trying to find an answer on internet, but people seem to have different opinions. Some say I should alternate, doing 4 weeks hiit and 4 weeks strength training. Some say I should do strength training before hiit and some say I should do hiit on my rest days, but thatís not an option, my rest days are only about stretching and resting.
I hope you can help.

I think we need to tweek your diet. Workouts are good. You might do only one shake and cut all white bread, pasta, rolls, etc. Add vegetables and lean meats or fish to your diet if you still feel hungry. Limit that dark chocolate. We get lulled into a false sense of security with it. I know it's very good.  Make sure you are drinking water too.  You are very close to success! Keep working and keep in touch.  

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Almost 25 years coaching and training. Wow! I feel old. Before that I was a competitive bodybuilder and powerlifter (ask my Chiropractor -- he can tell you). I have trained kids ages 12 to 89. From sports specific training to stroke rehabilitation. I love helping people move more gracefully, powerfully and safely.

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