Hi everyone, I'm pretty new to the board and I've got a few questions to ask!
I just started a cutting cycle 3 weeks ago, doing okay, but nothing too great. I'm 18 years old, and I've been lifting for about a year and a half now. I'm about 6' tall, and weight 178lbs. I'm not sure if my scale is correct, but my body fat on it is usually around 11.5%(it's one of those electronic, unreliable ones, but I ordered a fat caliper the other day so I'll update later). Oh and just in case so no one stops right here to flame me for cutting at a low bodyweight, I'm trying to get around 7%bf for tricking, which is a hobby of mine, sort of like gymnastics, just flipping and stuff, mostly to impress people. Plus this is my first year of college so being lean for the ladies before trying to gain again is my major concern .
My schedule usually works out something like this:
8:30- Wake up, drink a cup of black coffee, stretch and go for a jog around campus, maybe with some HIIT thrown in.
9:15- Make breakfast: Varies, but usually 500 calories, something like 1 cup oatmeal w/ cinnamon, 1/2 cup natural yogurt with strawberries, 3-4 eggwhites, and a few nuts or pb on a piece of whole wheat toast.
Also taken w/ a multivitamin, 1.5g , and 1g arginine.
12-12:30- Varies, usually 300-350 calories, w/ 30 grams from a lean protein source. Sometimes half of a turkey sandwhich on whole wheat.
3-3:30- Varies(everything varies since I'm in college it's hard to make a set amount of food everyday) usually 300-350 calories, sometimes 1/2 cup of brown rice, chicken, or tofu, or turkey, and a salad. Take another gram of arginine.
Tuesday-bis and tris, and forearms
Each workout is high weight usually with a 12-10-8 or 15-12-10-8 sets for each workout, each with 4 second negatives, resting between 30-1:30 between sets. I also stretch down after each session, with static stretches.
6:15-6:30-Post workout shake: Usually a scoop of On Whey Extreme Milk Chocolate with a cup of milk, and 5g of , followed by 3 cups of water. Sometimes have a yogurt or a half a banana as well.
7:30-8:00- I try to get around 300-350 calories here too, with a lean protein source, lots of mixed vegetables, and sometimes starchy
11:00- another 200-300 Calories, sometimes just protein in milk, or tuna, I just try to get a lot of protein in. I usually limit slow burning carbs to post workout out or after about 5 if not.
Pre bed- Another 200-300 calories, either canned tuna with low fat mayo, and a bit of natty pb, or maybe cottage cheese(usually not, I only use it because its good before bed, I get sick of the taste) and pb.
I take another gram of arginine and a lot of water.
I drink around 2-3 gallons of water a day to stay hydrated. My calories intake may give or take about 200 calories every day.
I don't do cardio on weekends, but I have a pretty active lifestyle regardless of training. I also cycle creatine, but I'm currently off.
Basically over the past 3 weeks I'm down to 178lbs from about 180lbs or 180.5lbs. I was wondering if a stack like and would be beneficial for me while I cut, since I'm 18 I wanted to know if it was safe to take, etc. I really would like to keep the muscle I have and get as lean as possible before I try to gain again. My main goal here is strength, agility, and flexibility, not so much size, although I do want to be just a tad bigger. Training for me is really all about discipline, and it helps to keep me focused in all aspects of my life.
Any comments, suggestions, etc, would be greatly appreciated.
Oh and I forgot to add I do a refeed usually once a week, on fridays when I work my chest.