In two weeks: 5 sessions of intense cardio (sprinting) of 15 minutes each; 9 sessions of moderate to heavy lifting of 45 minutes to 1 hour each.
This is my planned schedule, all of it during a caloric surplus. Also, note that the cardio sessions are planned for my off days from lifting. I've been working out for 3 months, in a bulking phase (no cardio), went from 123 lbs to 143 lbs (5'9 height). Noticing a bit of fat collecting on my belly area, the rest of the body looks fine. My questions are:
- Would this plan be an optimal solution for increasing muscle mass while keeping fat gains to a minimum and reaping the other benefits of cardio (I would not be eating at a deficit)?
- Will this amount of cardio affect my muscle gains?
- Should my pre and post workout meal remain same for the cardio sessions or what would be an ideal recommendation?
- Is cardio, during a caloric surplus, worth it?
Also, my conditioning with respect to cardio is negligible. I do a desk job and don't have any other sports activity during the entire week.
My question is a direct reference to this youtuber I follow.