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    My goals....reasonable? (how many cycles?)

    Ok, right now I'm at 5'9'', 128lbs and 7-8% bodyfat. My goal is to eventually get to 140lbs with no more than 12% bodyfat.

    My question is, how many "bulking" then "cutting" cycles do you think this will take. Should I just bulk until I get to 140, then cut, or should I cut more often than that?

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    128lbs @ 8% bf = 117.75 lbs of LBM
    140lbs @ 12% bf = 123.2 lbs of LBM
    so to reach ur goal u need to gain 5.45lbs of LBM which IME would take me roughly 6 months putting on 2 pounds per month.

    Depending on ur age, diet, commitment, etc...

    I would do it in a single bulk.

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    Hey geoff, could you explain the calculations you just made? I'm interested, thanks.
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    cc, no problem.
    128 pounds @ 8% bf = 128 * 0.92 = LBM = 117.75 (roughly)
    to figure fat mass just do 128 * 0.08

    140 pounds @ 12% bf = 140 * 0.88 = LBM = 123.2 (roughly)
    to figure fat mass just do 140 * 0.12

    then I subtracted his goal LBM (123.2) from his current LBM (117.75) to figure that he wanted to gain 5.45lbs of LBM.

    I know that I gain between 8-14lbs of LBM per year, so to gain 5.45lbs of LBM I figured it would take 5-6 months and just rounded it up to 6. which would be a gain of about 1lb of LBM per month and 1 lb of fat per month to equal a 12 pound gain over a 6 month period.

    Hope my math is right!
    Last edited by geoffgarcia; 12-22-2004 at 11:16 AM.

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    He did it like this:

    Total body weight was 128 lbs, but 8% of that was fat, so he subtracted 8% of the total weight to find out my lean body mass. That ended up being 117.75 lbs.

    He then did the same thing for my goal weight (140-.12(140)) and found that my goal body weight would leave me with 123.2 lbs of lean body mass.

    So he saw that I wanted to gain 5.45 lbs of lean body mass, and figuring that i could gain an average of 2 lbs a mounth he figured out how long it would take me.

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