I'm kind of at a plateau physically and mentally. I need some direction.

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    Dec 20, 2010 6:42 AM GMT
    Thanks in advance guys. I know how obnoxious these topics can get, but I could use the community's advice.

    A couple of years ago I was the kinda husky teenager who ate nothing but frozen food and diet soda. Now I'm the healthiest eater I know, and I've come a long way physically, but recently I've been feeling stuck.

    A LOT of it probably has to do with my perceptions. When I was in bad shape I weighted 145lbs, now I'm 5'7 and I weigh 170lbs. Short and thick. I do strength training ( mostly bodyweight ), I walk, I run, I do yoga, I swim, I hike, I take better care of myself than anyone else I know, but all my body seems to know how to do is bulk up awkwardly and bloat at a hint of food. ( Again, maybe just in my head, but if so I could use someone telling me that because I get no feedback. )

    Three months ago:

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    And this is where I'm at now:

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    A lot of you have more experienced eyes than I do when it comes to this stuff. I'm not even sure if I've made improvement at all.. Can anyone recommend a good focus for me? Balance, slimming down, eating more, eating less, I'm just not sure what to attack next.
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    Dec 20, 2010 8:37 AM GMT
    Chris you look pretty lean to me. I think you should explain what type of weight training you're doing?? I do see improvement, but what are your body goals??
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    Dec 20, 2010 8:56 AM GMT
    Recently I've gotten tired of aimless weight lifting and have started taking what I hope is a more practical approach. Lots of pullups, pushups, dips, squats, body weight variations of exercise, sprints, generally trying to build practical strength instead of just trying to workout.

    My goal has from the start been to get healthier. Now I'm pretty healthy, so I guess my goal has become to get stronger and look good.
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    Dec 20, 2010 3:45 PM GMT
    You're a bodybuilding natural in terms of height, body type, and your ability to gain weight. You're also 21 and your body wants to become a man: testosterone is likely at work wanting to do that, and wanting to give you male characteristics. Your body WANTS to grow. Stop fighting it.

    You would do well to embrace that rather than fighting it. Many folks would love to have that ability.

    You almost certainly have the ability to be beefcake. Eat. Grow. Rest. Repeat.

    To keep skeletal muscle, and to keep your fat low, you'll want to step up the weight lifting. You'll look, and feel, a bunch better. With that, do HIIT no less than 4 times a week, and EAT, small meals often. If you're into sports like hockey, basketball, or anything that starts and stops, use that as part of your HIIT. Nothing will work better than resistance training with weights for making you look good.

    You'll be fine. There's no use in you trying to force yourself to be underweight. Use your natural ability in a positive way.

    Don't sabotage yourself with a plan for failure. Embrace your body type, youth, and natural abilities, with a plan for success.
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    Dec 20, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    If you feel like you are bored, then do try other forms of activities. Checkout crossfit -- fun challenging awesome workouts.

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    Have fun...
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    Dec 20, 2010 7:56 PM GMT
    n2briefs2 saidIf you feel like you are bored, then do try other forms of activities. Checkout crossfit -- fun challenging awesome workouts.

    crossfit.com

    Have fun...



    I've been wanting to check out the local Crossfit place, actually.