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    Ray S.
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    Trying to make this as brief as possible:
    Never missed a day in the gym for 13 years. I was decently strong at 5ft9 180 : 455×3 Squat / 365×5 Bench / 600×1 Dead

    When Covid hit , I started doing Covid response with BCFS/FEMA. Other than gyms being closed , I wasn’t allowed to workout by employment contract. Shitty motels on the border of Mexico , literal tents by the border in del rio etc etc – 16 hour days after travel time accounted for . I fell off.. hard. Subsisted on junk food. Haven’t lifted in 2 years. Put on at least 45lbs and look like 10lbs of shit stuffed in a 5lb bag.

    My plan is : increase calories to at least maintenance or above with TDEE estimates and be consistent with it for about two weeks or so while starting one of your PPL programs then start cutting from those elevated calories at the third week mark with a weekly goal of 1.5-2lbs of fat loss weekly.

    Questions:
    What program , if this were you , would you start with if not the PPL.

    Am I making a mistake going right into a cut at week three ? I need to get this weight off for health if nothing else but I also don’t want to sabotage myself either.

    Basically, what would you do differently? If it makes a difference I am on “hrt”

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    Joe
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    #369104
    Ray S.
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    Thanks Joe for all that you do, I appreciate you. They didn’t allow us out and about to prevent the Covid response staff from getting and spreading Covid. I’m back home now working in an ER with a normal schedule. Time to get to work .

    Edit : started the power building program because you said it was the hardest. After the third set of 12 on deadlifts I had to go puke 😂. Felt awful but good at the same time.

    #370118
    Joe
    Keymaster

    Thanks Joe for all that you do, I appreciate you. They didn’t allow us out and about to prevent the Covid response staff from getting and spreading Covid. I’m back home now working in an ER with a normal schedule. Time to get to work .
    Edit : started the power building program because you said it was the hardest. After the third set of 12 on deadlifts I had to go puke 😂. Felt awful but good at the same time.

    😂👊👊

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