Can I get some assessment/advice for moving forward?

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    Apr 25, 2011 4:30 AM GMT
    I've been on the fitness train for a while, but recently I've been trying to step it up. The last few weeks I've been following a leangains style approach to diet with one or two days of heavy strength training, usually two days of rock climbing ( several hours ), along with some body weight exercise and hiking/biking on the off days.

    I was literally just told by my parents that they think I'm putting on weight, and as a 5'7" guy I'm overly conscious of not wanting to end up as one of those short, absurdly thick guys.

    Can I get some objective advice here on the best way to go forward with my training? Based on where I'm at now, what should I be doing? I do feel big....I'd love to lean down to a more toned look, maybe drop ten pounds while staying strong so I don't look so thick.


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    Apr 25, 2011 11:25 AM GMT
    Do a youtube search on P90x before and afters. Your body looks like a lot of guys 'before' pics. You have the bones....cut the carbs, up the energy and mix up the muscle confusion and you'll be fine

  • twentyfourhou...

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    Apr 25, 2011 1:44 PM GMT
    I would say, work with what you got and build upon your assets. I am also about 5'7" but pack on 190-194 pounds. A frame like mine (and i suspect yours) will never support the wearing of skinny attempt at humor. At your age, i probably weighed about 178. From a genetic standpoint, my frame is designed for strength not for chasing after game but building and fighting.
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    Apr 26, 2011 12:47 AM GMT
    your height with your bodyweight is excellent. What you need to do now is keep the same bodyweight while cutting up, means dropping your bodyfat percentage somewhat while still eating protein at a pretty good clip
  • Kwokpot

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    Apr 26, 2011 12:55 AM GMT
    If you are looking to have a more lean frame, then a large part of achieving your goal will be your diet (but NOT dieting).

    You did not share with us what you're eating, but you need to:

    * NO SODA, not even diet. Drink water, or homemade iced tea WITHOUT sugar; flavored selter water
    * Reduce your red meat consumption. Eat more fish, chicken
    * No fast food
    *Watch your carb intake. You don't have to cut all carbs, just be mindful.
    *Cut sugar and sweet foods intake.
    *Are you taking protein supplements? Forget about them, don't need it.
    You need to make a permanent diet change

    Consider a full body workout rather than isolating bodyparts. I do a 40-50 min full body routine 3 days/wk, and cardio for about 20-30mins in between strength training sessions.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Apr 26, 2011 12:59 AM GMT
    Your parents might not be the best people to judge your sexual desirability. I took my shirt off at a family picnic and my father pointed at my spectacular pecs and said "You have tits."
  • tuffguyndc

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    Apr 26, 2011 1:12 AM GMT
    if you do not want to lose your mass. i would say stay away from p90x. if you want to keep your muscle and lose the fat. i suggest doing a high intensity circuit training.