Hi everyone! I recently read an article about "Culking." They say that it's for "the skinny-fat guys," people who are nowhere near genetic limits for fat loss or muscle gains. It's about building muscle mass while losing fat at the same time.
Their 3-step guide includes the following:
1.) Train hard
2.) Eat plenty
3.) Be consistent
I never tried those bulking and cutting phase, where people bulk for a certain time and when they reach their desired muscle mass, they go into the cutting phase, but I believe that these 3 steps are essential for every fitness regimen. I would like to know your thoughts about "culking" strategy.
Here's the link to the article: menshealth.com/fitness/cure-for-skinny-fat
Looking forward for some discussions over this topic.
It's what works for me. I want cut fat but also build a muscular frame. I thought about going strictly weight training but I was already 280lbs and the weight was literally holding me down, so I didn't want to bulk up. I didn't know culking was a thing when I started walking then running on my return to exercise. I wanted to burn fat so cardio was my answer but then I started getting shin splints. So I dabbled in the weight room. Found out that adding lean muscle can help you burn fat quicker. So put together a basic 50/50 cardio/strength training routine. Followed that and made refinements based on plateaus and new goals. 7 months later I've dropped body fat percentage by 10% and now have real shoulders, arms, back, and chest. You can see the workouts I do on my profile. Last thing... I've seen people in my gym drop twice as much weight or build crazy mass in the same time because they focus on one type of exercise or the other. I've been discouraged a few times because I don't see those drastic changes even though I go hard every time in the gym. Just saying it's a more gradual process because I'm not putting every thing into either fat burn or muscle build. My efforts are spread over the two different types of exercise so the change is not as easily visible like body builders or runners.
I don't want to get so buff because I'm short, so bulking is a no no for me. And, I don't want to focus on cardio that would make me look like a high school student haha. Given that I see myself in the skinny-fat category, I think culking is really for me. I do heavy compound exercises for the bulk, and Tabata/HIIT for fat loss. Seems to work well, unlike in the past where I only focused on either mass or fat loss.