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    Planning first major bulk

    Hey all.

    I'm an 18 year old highschool senior on the verge of graduation. Like many of you, midway through highschool I was unhappy with how thin I was and decided to dedicate myself to changing it.

    I started lifting at around age 16 right before heading into my junior year. I was about 5'10 and 128 pounds.

    Two years later I am 5'11 and got up to around 174 pounds. I would consider my "technique" as far as total lifting habbits these past few years to be somewhat experimental, involving many ups and downs and trial and error. That being said, I still made (in my opinion) impressive gains and couldn't be happier with the progress being made. This also leads me to the conclusion that despite being thin, I'm not really a "hard gainer" as a lot of people seem to be.

    I'm older and a lot more educated (partially due to the great information on these forums) on lifting and nutrition, and really want to start a real bulk over the summer. With all the things going on at school, like the endless projects and papers I've been working on, I have not been keeping up with the huge ammount of calories I was supposed to be eating. I dropped down to around 167 pounds. Interesting thing is, I didn't really see any strength loss in any manifestation, and my bench press actually continued to slowly increase. I guess I inadvertently went on a cut without even knowing it!

    Enough blabbering. I guess my question was, would it be a decent idea to just relax on the heavy dieting and intense lifting until I graduate (about a month) and just hit the gym three times a week with a decent protein intake? I probably won't make any gains, but I dont see myself making any huge losses either. School just takes a lot out of me and I just don't have it in me to really dedicate myself to a true "bulk" I guess.

    When summer comes around I plan to start supplementing with creatine and really going nuts with the calories and the lifting.

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    That sounds like a solid plan. Everbody needs to back it off a little sometimes. I would go so far as to say you can just take a couple weeks off (especially during finals). You'd be surprised how much stronger you'll feel after your body has had a chance to completely recover.

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    I think you're exaggerating how much school takes out of you. Either that or your high school is much more difficult than mine was.
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    Squat...........?.......................?....................365x5
    Deadlift........?.....................315x5...............435x5
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    It must be. I'm in a few AP classes that all seem to be throwing me projects and finals at the same time.

    Not to mention I find it to be quite the pain in the ass eating a good breakfast at 6:15AM (when I have to get up to get there on time), and eating a quality lunch on a daily basis considering we have but 30 minutes to go out and find something or stay in the cafeteria and eat the prison food.
    Last edited by greentinted; 05-14-2006 at 10:35 AM.

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