To Bulk or to Cut (more) ?

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    Aug 25, 2011 7:14 AM GMT
    So I'm teetering on the cusp of a decision - my workout efforts until now have mostly been in line with cutting (very low carbs/lots of protein/moderate fats) with plyometric and some ballistic weight training, and body weight training.

    - should I cut more and try to bring out some definition (see if I can lose some of the lower back fat, and bring out the abs and adonis belt? )

    - Or go on a bulking cycle (at the risk of possibly adding some fat weight back) and try to get up around 10 pounds of muscle (bringing me up to around 185lbs or so) ....?


    What think ye?

    Note: I'm not going for the big hulked out body builder look, more for the "generally fit guy" look.
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    Aug 25, 2011 12:59 PM GMT
    I am (or was) at the exact same stage - and I have gone for the second option. As long as you do not overdue it, I think it is better to have bigger muscles. I was cutting down on my food intake in order to bring out my ab muscles and Adonis belt, and all I ended up with was anaemia!

    Also, better to bulk up, then once you are nice and bulked, you can concentrate on doing ab exercises and attack those areas. Much harder to do it the other way round, I think (unless you have fantastic genes - I do not).

    Yes, lower back fat is unsightly, but I have learned to love it and I am sure it serves a purpose (supply of fat to see you through the coming years of economic depression?!?).

    I try do one muscle group a day at the gym, ending it with one ab exercise and five minutes intense cycling.
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Aug 25, 2011 1:13 PM GMT
    Sumarokov said
    Yes, lower back fat is unsightly, but I have learned to love it and I am sure it serves a purpose (supply of fat to see you through the coming years of economic depression?!?).


    I think I love you for this observation alone.
  • mybud

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    Aug 25, 2011 2:15 PM GMT
    I'd say clean bulk it .....summer is over....add some mass....cut in the spring....Much Luck.....BUD
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 25, 2011 2:31 PM GMT
    If you are tracking your fat percentage, the answer is fairly easy to know.

    As it goes down, less and less of the weight you lose in a cut will be fat and more of it will be lean mass. Once its becomes a 1 to 1 ratio, you should switch to bulking until you again reach a 1 to 1 ratio, and switch back to cutting and so on and so on.