# Thread: My goals....reasonable? (how many cycles?)

1. ## 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?

2. 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.

3. Hey geoff, could you explain the calculations you just made? I'm interested, thanks.

4. 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!

5. 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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