@TheFitlosopher — Can you gain muscle and cut simultaneously?

Gents — We’d like to welcome Aristotle Polites AKA @TheFitlosopher to our Productive Gents brotherhood! Aristotle is a fitness coach in Hoboken, NJ, and is passionate about helping others shift their mindset to achieve their goals. As seen in his pics the guy knows his stuff, and he’s agreed to become part of our #WorkoutWednesday series so that we can help you get on the right track with your fitness. Check back every Wednesday for a fitness tip, an exercise to add to the routine, or some motivation to keep you moving forward!

Can you gain muscle and cut simultaneously?

This is a common goal of many individuals, and while it sounds like the most efficient way of building a great physique, it’s generally not a good idea. In order to build muscle, you need to be in a caloric surplus. (Eat more calories than you burn) In order to cut, you need to be in a caloric deficit. (Eat less calories than you burn) The only people who can do them simultaneously are individuals who are brand new to proper weight training. It’s better to focus all your energy on one or the other, slimming dow or gaining muscle, rather than trying to do both at the same time.

Exercise of the Week

Barbell Deadlift

This movement should be included in any serious lifters workout routine. It’s a great exercise for overall body development with an emphasis on the hamstrings and lower back. It’s also commonly the heaviest lift an individual can perform.

To perform a deadlift

1) Walk up to a loaded barbell and stand with your feet hip width apart and the barbell over the mid-foot

2) Grab the bar with your arms about shoulder width apart so they are completely vertical

3) Bend your knees until your shins touch the bar

4) Lift your chest while straightening your back. Don’t drop your hips

5) Begin the pull by driving upwards through your heels and extending your hips and knees to stand straight up

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Originally published at productivegents.com.