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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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Thread: Time for a cut?

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    Time for a cut?

    Over the past month I put on 5 lbs (172 to 177), but 2 of that was fat (14.5% to 15.5% bf). It was a dirty bulk. I ate whatever I wanted as long as I reached my protein and calorie requirements (170g and 3250 total cals).

    Before this mini-bulk, I went from 165 to 172 and I'd guess about 2 of that was fat. Anyways the fat is starting to get to me and I'm thinking about starting a cut even though it's winter. I think it will be more efficient for me to cut for a bit and then start a clean bulk (better fat/muscle loss/gain ratio).

    The other option of course is to continue bulking (but clean it up). If I decide to cut, how long should I eat at maintenance before starting the cut? And do you guys think 15+ bf is a good point to cut down before bulking any more?

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    Age: 22 Height: 5'-8" Weight: 175 (6-10-07)
    BF: 13.2% (6-10-07 w/ calipers)

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    Bench: 300x1 (9-22-06)
    Squat: 285x4
    Deadlift: 225x10

    Long-term Goals
    Weight: 180 BF: 8% Bench: 315x1

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    Over the past month I put on 5 lbs (172 to 177), but 2 of that was fat (14.5% to 15.5% bf).
    What method did you use to detect body fat percentage?
    "The only easy day was yesterday."

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    wheres the "this thread is worthless with out pics" smiley ?????
    Way down this road, in a gym far away, a young man was once heard to say, "I've repped high and I've repped low, No matter what I do my legs won't grow."

    He tried leg extensions, leg curls, and leg presses, too. Trying to cheat these sissy workouts he'd do. From the corner of the gym where the big men train, Through a cloud of chalk and the midst of pain.

    Where the big iron rides high and threatens lives, Where the noise is made with big forty fives. A deep voice bellowed as he wrapped his knees, A very big man with legs like trees.

    Laughing as he snatched another plate from the stack, Chalking his hands and monstrous back, Said "Boy stop lying and don't say you've forgotten, Trouble with you is you ain't been SQUATTIN"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sCaRz*Of*PaiN View Post
    What method did you use to detect body fat percentage?
    Calipers.
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    Age: 22 Height: 5'-8" Weight: 175 (6-10-07)
    BF: 13.2% (6-10-07 w/ calipers)

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    Bench: 300x1 (9-22-06)
    Squat: 285x4
    Deadlift: 225x10

    Long-term Goals
    Weight: 180 BF: 8% Bench: 315x1

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8.8 View Post
    wheres the "this thread is worthless with out pics" smiley ?????
    The decision for me is not so much about appearance right now. It's winter and I don't mind holding the extra fat for the next few months. The main thing for me is what is the most efficient thing to do. Cut first and then bulk, or continue bulking and cut even more fat later on?
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    Age: 22 Height: 5'-8" Weight: 175 (6-10-07)
    BF: 13.2% (6-10-07 w/ calipers)

    Lifts
    Bench: 300x1 (9-22-06)
    Squat: 285x4
    Deadlift: 225x10

    Long-term Goals
    Weight: 180 BF: 8% Bench: 315x1

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    Any opinions?
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    Age: 22 Height: 5'-8" Weight: 175 (6-10-07)
    BF: 13.2% (6-10-07 w/ calipers)

    Lifts
    Bench: 300x1 (9-22-06)
    Squat: 285x4
    Deadlift: 225x10

    Long-term Goals
    Weight: 180 BF: 8% Bench: 315x1

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    Quote Originally Posted by jww13 View Post
    Any opinions?
    If you start worrying about anything less than 10 pounds shifts in your weight unless you're a pro, you'll drive yourself nuts. Breaking down 5 pound increments of weight gain is too granular in the big scheme of things. Keep bulking until you gain another 5-10 pounds. If you're really worried about fat gain, try to elminate simple sugars and time your meals so that most carbs fall at the beginning of the day.
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    If you feel uncomfortable with your fat gain, then cut.
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