Plateauing During Bulk. Time to Cut?

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    Aug 01, 2013 5:30 AM GMT
    Been bulking about 10 months now. Made some great progress. Started at 145 in Oct and now between 170-174 in July. Body doesn't look bad, ie not much fat/water weight. I eat 4500 calories a day now and have been at that amount for the past 2 months or so. I'm also 5'10".

    Now I can use your help! I know I just started lifting. I'm just not quite sure if I should continue trying to bulk, which entails raising my calorie count (yet again) to see the numbers on the scale go up. I know I'm slowly getting stronger in the gym, and I honestly don't think I look bad, but I do want to be bigger. Goal is to eventually wanting to look muscular but in a more athletic, defined way. You know... look at a Men's Health mag. Small waist, abs visible, but a good amount of solid muscle. Honestly I'm not far from that considering I've always been a lean swimmer type.

    My initial goal was to just bulk until I was 190 or so, then clean up my diet a little more and tweak it until I got there. But now I'm wondering if I should just try cutting now, and drop my weight/calorie intake to see how defined I can get (all the while, maintaining as much strength and muscle mass as I can). It's getting harder and harder for me to gain mass, and 4500 calories is very difficult to do each day. I don't think cutting will be difficult for me.

    Could I cut/reduce calories and gain again next year? Or will I end up back at the same spot as I am now? Am I just impatient and need to stick it out?

    Thank you for the help!
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 01, 2013 2:10 PM GMT
    Sure. Give it a rest. Keep your protein up and keep the workouts strong but cut your carb/fat intake down and try that for a while. You're in this for the long haul. Stay healthy and never allow fat to accumulate.
  • mybud

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    Aug 01, 2013 9:28 PM GMT
    Looked at your pics...My view?..You continue to be fairly lean...Keep bulking and add mass.
  • nafgooc

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    Dec 30, 2013 6:13 PM GMT
    Switch up your reps/sets. Try a new bulking program. I really liked stoppanis 90 day shortcut to size regime, you can find on bodybuilding.com. It's broken into cycles and micro cycles. The first week of each month you are doing sets of 13-15 reps, the next week it's 9-11 reps, then 6-9, then the last week of each month you do 3-6 reps. It's kind of confusing but he explains it well.

    Gethin has a good pyramid program where the first set you do like 40 reps, then 30, 20, 15, 10, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40. You do so many reps because you only do about 3 or 4 different exercises for each workout.
    After doing this program your gonna beg to go back to a boring workout routine.

    Good luck