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    Injured. Good time to cut?

    I have been faithfully lifting and working out now for 9 months. Recently had an MRI done due to a painful shoulder and now have to lay off for a while. Figured it would be a good time to focus on cutting. I'm not doing this for competition reasons. Just for myself, so I'm not too worried about loosing a little muscle. Question is, when cutting, how long is average and is cardio i.e; enough to get me there? I have def got the muscle and could stand to lose about 15-20 lbs and still feel solid.

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    Experienced Member shanecdavis's Avatar
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    When I am cutting, my cardio is HIIT-style for 20 minutes. I also had an upper body injury and resorted to only lower-body work during my lifting days. It was all low-to-no weight work - Lunges, exercise ball wall squats, butt kicks, long jumps, exercise ball leg curls, bodyweight calf raises, exercise ball calf raises, planks, and crunches for the most part. All high-rep. I would do five sets of 12/10/8/6/12 and then another set of 12 of a similar exercise for each body group (quad, hammy, calf, abs). That will compliment your cardio rather nicely and keep your metabolism burning. Just beware of depression from not doing the workout you want to and not allow it to affect your diet. That is what I had to battle through. Good luck and we are here for you!

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    3x's a Senior Biggsamus's Avatar
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    I would definitely agree that it is a good time to do a cut as I am in a similar situation myself. I injured my hip and have had frequent issues with my elbow last year. I stopped working out for a while because of the inury, but found that I just got more depressed not being able to work out. To keep myself active, I started up a cut a few weeks ago, which has allowed me to do more lightweight and bodyweight exercises, as well as slowly ramp up my cardio levels to recover the hip. It's kept me motivated and happy while I let my joints recover.

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    After I threw out my shoulder I would work out with a friend (because they can stack the plates) and I would really hit legs (though obviously not squat, because you still need to steady your bar) and did loads of cardio. It does help, plus keeping active is always a great thing. Good luck!

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    I would stick with doing sprints. Whether you are doing it outside on a track, a hill, treadmill or a stationary bike. Warm up for 5 minutes and perform 15 minutes of solid work. 20 seconds on 40 seconds I find works best. 7 or 8 hard intervals is ideal followed by a 5 minute cool down.


    Hope that helps,


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    Senior Senior JEFIT Member is304's Avatar
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    If you have shoulder problems, I woudl recommend stationary bike - it impacts your shoulders least, but watch how you hold the handle and try not to tense up. I had two shoulder surgeries - 8 and 5 months ago, and I've been doing HIIT on a bike - 20-second sprints on a minute for 20 minutes, plus 5 minutes to warm up and to cool down (same as the previous contributor). It works pretty well - I started seeing some results already. Of course, you need to pay attention to diet, cardio alone can only take you that far.

    Best of luck!

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    thx for sharing!

    thx for sharing!

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