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GabeDaBomb
09-08-2005, 10:06 PM
So I consider myself a fairly avid weightlifter. My bench maxed at 200 back in '01, but alas, after getting with my [ex] girlfriend of 3 years, I all but neglected strength training during the remaining years of college.

I decided about a year and a half ago that I'd get back into shape. I spent most of that time just getting into the weight room and getting a handle on the weights. I have been lifting pretty consistently the past several months, and the past 3 weeks I've been hitting the gym 4x's a week, using a 1RM bench increasing program I found on musclemedia. I started at 165 bench; can probably bench 180 now.

I read some posts on bulking/cutting, and realize that I'm trying to bulk and shed fat at the same time. I have to keep eating. But here are my stats right now (according to my digital bathroom scale):

5'8", 166.8lbs, 17% (damn, I thought it was closer to 15...maybe scale is off)

I don't have a set weight goal. I like building total body strength, core strength, and I vary it up with different compound exercises. I figure by the time I'm strong enough to lat pull 160x8, bench 225lbs, I'd be pretty set. I have pretty strong legs naturally; I don't work them much but am getting there.

Anyhow, comment away. I have probably lost 10 lbs of fat over the past year (slowly but surely, by eating whole grain/protein/you know the drill). With a HIIT sprint workout I'm about to implement, I should be good to go.

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Patz
09-08-2005, 10:58 PM
You're so small I can't see the pics!

GabeDaBomb
09-08-2005, 11:11 PM
My bad...here ya go.

Shark
09-08-2005, 11:16 PM
Well, welcome and i'm glad you found the site.

To start with, you should drop the 1 rep max benching program and start in on something like Wanna Be Big 1 or a similar spilt. You have to work your legs. The rest of your body will grow as a result of lifting your lower body. I think you should bulk right now as I don't think you're 17% and you should take your new to lifting status to your advantage. Check out the diet and exercise forum as well as the bodybuilding forum for info and ask questions as you go. There's tons of info here so search before you ask.

Good luck and let us know if we can help!

lilmase1153
09-09-2005, 12:49 AM
you look 14% to me but i would have to see the legs to see if your holding more fat on them.

you have a nice base to start with, your not tooo wide but not small in frame either. Im with chris i would say start working full body especially legs since it will benefit in the long run.

Gutz981
09-10-2005, 09:23 AM
You want your strength back? Eat heavy,Lift Heavy,Sleep Heavy.

Gabrielle
09-11-2005, 01:27 PM
you have a great frame to build on, keep that on your mind. Good luck