View Full Version : 1 year 2 month progress

10-09-2009, 08:22 AM
Took some pictures last night and have been wanting to compare them to previous pics i took in early august of 2008. Do you guys see any progression? You are better judges than me.

Aug 2008, 178-180lbs,
lifts were S-320 , B - 275, D - 405

October 8th 2009, 189-191 lbs
Lifts are currently S-385, B-285, D-515 http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y226/Cmanuel86/Training%20Progress/Photo24.jpg

Definitely happy with the strength progress. I'm not too concerned about aesthetics, but i wouldnt mind dropping to 180lbs and start competing at the 181 raw weight class in lifting.

10-09-2009, 08:25 AM
god i look like such an idiot in that "hulk smash!" picture

10-09-2009, 09:28 AM
Gonna be real honest man, the only real difference I see is fat gain. Arms and delts look a little bigger, although it's a little hard to tell with the difference in bf%. Legs look real good btw.

10-09-2009, 10:07 AM
legs look fantastic, great quad separation at your bf%.. I think your lats look bigger but other than that, not much else.

It is possible that the mojority of your weight gain could have been your legs, do you have any before shots of your legs? I think you should bulk to 210-220 and then cut down. You've gained fat, but not THAT MUCH fat and I think you could stand to keep bulking.

Though, it really depends on what you want. If you want to cut down then do that.

10-09-2009, 10:37 AM
From your stats I see you only gained about ten pounds in the time and without meaning to sound harsh I'd have guessed you'd added more than ten pounds of fat between the before and after. You're chest is probably the weakest looking part and I see your bench only went up ten lbs, maybe start focusing on that. I agree though legs looking good.

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10-09-2009, 12:24 PM
Gonna be real honest man, the only real difference I see is fat gain. Arms and delts look a little bigger, although it's a little hard to tell with the difference in bf%. Legs look real good btw.

I agree with this. Quads look great.

10-09-2009, 01:22 PM
Thanks for the input everyone. And dont be afraid to say what you think, i want honest critique here. Honestly it might be hard to tell the difference in each picture since the lighting is totally different.

I posted these pics because Ive gotten a few compliments over the last few weeks so people seem to be noticing in the gym, just wanted to see if you guys noticed anything as well. I should probably clarify as well. From august 08 to about march or so of 09, i went from 180 to 200 lbs. When i moved in may i started dropping weight and now sit around 190-193 (fluctuates)

My primary goals are strength. To me, aesthetics takes a back seat to strength. I am on the fence whether i should bulk to 215 or so or cut to 181 or less and compete in a few RAW meets at that weight class. Its a touch choice really. Part of me wants to see definition and try to become as strong as possible in 181 (maybe competitive one day), and part of me wants to eat everything in sight and get hyooge ha.

Onto individual comments:

LittleJake - thanks for the compliments on the legs. In the before picture, i just started working on the madcow 5x5. Squatting 3 x a week was totally new to me (in fact i rarely squatted before that), and after several months of squatting consistently my legs grew very quickly, jeans got tighter, etc. So yeah theres no doubt in my mind that 80-85% of any increased mass was probably due to leg growth.

jreed110 I've been making decent gains on my bench lately. I havent tested my 1 rep max in months for bench, my squat/deadlift 1 rep maxes were tested within the last month. If i had to guess, my bench is probably around 300lbs (paused)

10-09-2009, 07:28 PM
I'm gonna tell you, from my personal experience, I did the whole "eat everything in sight and get hyooge" thing. I regretted it once it was summer time and I looked like a big fatass at the beach. You're bf% really isn't too bad yet, I'd just keep going with the bulk since it's winter. Just remember, the higher your bf% gets the easier the fat gains come.

10-13-2009, 07:27 PM
*Hulk Pic*

I like this one, nice work bro! Keep it up!


10-13-2009, 08:17 PM
So I'm currently cutting to about 180 lbs for my meet next month. Ill post additional pics when I get to that point. Nothing is going to change that much, less beer and less fast food, more cardio and a hell of a lot more water intake.

10-13-2009, 08:43 PM
You definitely look much bigger to me. I think your low bf% in the before pics might be misleading, but you definitely look like you've packed on muscle, great job.

10-13-2009, 09:38 PM
Also to bring up another point, i ate a huge burrito before taking the pics. I should probably take pics first thing in the morning, since I can visibly tell i look a little leaner at that time. Oh well!