But if you wish for a second opinion (from me) on when to cut specifically, you shall do this:Is this something that should only be dictated by time, target weight, etc.?
Hey Godmius, sorry I've been away for a while.I converted it wrong yesterday, I gained 17 lbs of body weight ;- )
But if you wish for a second opinion (from me) on when to cut specifically, you shall do this:
1) next morning (while your stomach is absolutely empty after many hours of sleep) -and if you have regular bowl movements in the morning, then after that too, but certainly before any food- you will take a tape measure and you will measure the circumference around your belly thus:
- put the tape measure around yourself and before you do anything, make sure that on the sides the tape measure is in the height of roughly your belly button, you can make sure by touch with your other hand or correct the height so.- ideally, you want the tape measure not come over your iliac crest (the bones of your hips that extend to your sides/obliques), the tape measure should be somewhere above it, but that depends on the shape/length of the bone, of course (if it's possible)- hold both sides of the tape measure with your left and right hand (so it doesn't slight from the position on the sides- now breathe in deeply and then breathe out forcefully - so forcefully that you feel you cannot anymore, you're almost feeling sick.- when your lungs are absolutely empty, put both ends of the tape measure around your belly button- make sure the tape measure is not squeezing your torso (thus giving you smaller numbers)- make sure it's not loose anywhere either!- make sure the tape measure hasn't overturned somewhere behind you and you're thus getting wrong numbers (because you're looking at the wrong side of the tape measure accidentally)- get the number with the highest possible precision: in metric units that means both centimeters and milimeters, in the imperial units, I don't know, but if you feel that some smaller unit is not represented on your tape measure and should be, then make an educated guess.- write the number down
2) when you've done this, under the same circumstances (morning, empty stomach, etc. etc.: you can drink a bit of water if you feel you should or if you've visited the bathroom before), you will weigh yourself (the same thing applies about as high precision as you can when it comes to some decimal points, if it's possible)
- you write the number down3) you will report to me both numbers and your height, I'll feed it to certain formulae (that can be relied on with a degree of accuracy), use some past experience I have & make an educated guess based on your height etc. what would be best for you at this very moment!
(but it all depends how correct numbers you're going to give me, how good the measurement's going to be; for even better numbers one needs to collect these numbers daily and draw conclusions not from the daily measurements, but from the weekly averages and medians, but for now, we will do with a single measurement!)
I remeasured a bit lower. I got 33 inches.
I've been training since late July, so it's been a little over 3 months, not 5.considering you've been training naturally and eating in a surplus for 5 months or so
I'm not sure about that. There are still some more gains that I'd like to get. I recently changed my regimen from 4 times a week (Lower/Upper/Lower/Upper) to 5 times a week (Lower/Upper/Glutes/Upper/Lower). It seems like my triceps are lagging behind, so I also added DB Skullcrushers to my Upper day routine (which I'm definitely feeling the effects of, my triceps were on fire for days lol).Anyway I think there are hints already it might be a good time to cut now.
Alright, if you feel you want to go on, you can go on! Bookmark this page though, I think the blueprint to cut I gave (in the spoiler) is quite good (I also spent some time typing it down, haha) and it was personalized to your values (more or less), so we would return to it in the future anywayI'm not sure about that. There are still some more gains that I'd like to get. ...
Anything new in this area you'd like to share?I'm thinking that I'll just have one of the reps at my gym use their scanner tool.
145 lbs to be exact.You started with around 150 pounds
Yes, this was true.if I remember correctly. I also assume you were moderately lean for an untrained person, that is not "crazy abs-visible lean" but not fat either (or so I guess, since you didn't mind entering a bulk etc.)
According to my gym's scanner tool that I used before I started my fitness journey, my body fat percentage was 12%.which would probably give you credibly around ... 17% body fat on the start, let's say. That made your lean weight 150*(1-0.17) = 124 pounds
I've always been more of the ecto-mesomorphic type.that would give you quite good genetics regarding the natural muscle hypertrophy (which is different for everyone; that is, how much muscle you naturally [genetically] have as long as you keep eating in a more or less energetic maintenance and do no training, while still moving normally). I would still rather say that even with a quite good genetics (better than I have certainly)
Just following through with the math: 145-127.6 = 17.4 lbs of fat. 17.4/1.5? Where did you get 1.5 from?- that would mean 150-122 = 28 pounds of fat. That makes 28/1.5= 18% body fat on the beginning.
I'm now 171.6 lbs, which is 26.6 lbs gained since I've started.You gained (as you reported over one week ago) 167.6-150 = 17.6 pounds.
What is the best way for me to optimize that ratio? Also, where is the line drawn between a novice & an intermediate lifter? How do we tell the difference?Now, usually, when you're gaining naturally through a caloric surplus, the gains are 50:50 muscle:fat, but if you have a good diet, lots of rest and if you are still a novice, that ratio can be much better, in some cases even 70:30.
What are your numbers on those compound movements? My best lift is my hip thrust (of course, glutes are what finally motivated me to pursue fitness & is emphasized to the point where a lot of my leg days are allocated to the glutes; I now even have a day in my routine dedicated to just that). This past week, I hip thrusted 250 lbs.Although, I still probably have bigger relative strength on all compounds lifts there are, since I've been doing it a bit longer
I'm sorry to hear that. Being a hard gainer is a cruel trick of nature...Let's just say that on the scale of hard-gainer vs. easy gainer I'm pretty on the left, probably more than you are.