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    New here. Need help please. Pics included.


    I really need some help as I feel I am spinning my wheels. Some direction would be appreciated. I'll keep this brief:

    Age: Mid 40's.
    Height: 6'0"
    Weight: 179lbs

    I have been training consistently for 18 months. I used to be 205lbs but lost weight a couple of years ago through cardio and resistance training. I know about diet, macros, etc... I eat fairly clean and go with about 170 gr. of
    protein per day.

    Lift stats (1RM):

    Bench 175lbs
    Squat 235lbs
    DL 260lbs
    OH Press (bar) 110lbs
    Maintenance calories working out 5 days a week (3 weights, 2 cardio) is about 2600.

    I have been training with several programs but I can only stay on some for so long (I know, I know). I've done upper/lower, push/pull/legs, etc... At my age I feel that a push/pull,legs where I work each muscle every 4th or 5th day gives me enough time to recover.

    Here are my issues:

    As you can see, not a lot of gains in the past 18 months. I have gained some....my bench started of at 135lb for 5 reps so I have seen some progress but not enough for that amount of time. I am afraid to gain fat and that is why I go from mini-cuts where I don't achieve much (lose 2 - 3 lbs) to some bulks where I eat slightly above maintenance, gain a little strength and muscle, notice my gut getting bigger, start a cut. But all of these last only two or three weeks so I am spinning my wheels. I do cardio a couple of times a week.

    My goal is a nice lean physique with some muscle. Ultimate goal is about 10 more lbs of muscle and 110-12% bodyfat. I am not interested in Starting Strenght as my goal is not to Deadlift 6 plates but to be healthy, lean, and look reasonably ok without a shirt on.

    I would bulk but I am afraid to gain fat, especially at my age where it all goes to my gut. Cutting would be fine but I am afraid I would look like a bag of bones. I have read that a good body recomp happens if your bf is low.

    Questions:

    - What do you guy think my bodyfat is?
    - What should I do? lean out more and then try to slowly bulk?
    - Should I try a recomp even if it takes longer? Maybe HST?

    I am very committed but I feel I am making no progress and I am getting frustrated.
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    C'mon guys, 72 views and no comments? I need help.

    Cut or bulk? or cut more and then slowly bulk?
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    bulk, or what some call lean bulk....honestly if youre afraid to gain alittle fat then dont bother, it comes with the territory and is more fun
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    12%, try a 5x5 routine, eat slightly higher than maintenance calories to minimize fat gains......
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    Quote Originally Posted by hvactech View Post
    12%, try a 5x5 routine, eat slightly higher than maintenance calories to minimize fat gains......
    Something like Madcow 5x5? I know that is mostly for strength. Will I make some size gains too?
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    you should see size gains but with over a year of training already it doesnt show in the pics, i would guess diet is the problem....start 2800-3000 cals and go from there
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    Bulk. And don't be scared of your fat.
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    Yup id bulk too cuz u need to build a good foundation
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    And lengthen your cycles to 4-6 weeks. Fats not the enemy man, you wanna look good with a shirt off then bulk up! And add pyramids to your regimen, they'll help with both size and strength.
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    decide what you want to do for sure and go with it.. you can never gain 10lbs of muscle not even 5 if you wont bulk up. I dont think you want to be a bodybuilder but I think you need to start traingin a bit heavier and things would come around.. I don't think you need to cut anymore.
    Try doing a lean bulk like stated and see how that goes, once winter comes around just go crazy with your bulk
  

  
 

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