Getting leaner or getting bigger?

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    Sep 08, 2009 10:39 PM GMT
    Hey Ya'll

    Here is my issue....

    I don't know if I want to get lean or get bigger... I'm sort of a thin guy 148# 5'6"

    I've been working out for about 2 years and I've really seen some changes in my body, lose of fat, nicer chest arms and great legs...

    I feel like it's time to make a decision about where to go now, I've hit a bit of a wall... Do I want to get bigger or lean out, and when I say lean out I mean more ripped instead of bulk....?

    I'm not a huge eater, in addition I eat super clean so I know myself and I cannot eat a ton like everyone suggests...thats just me...

    In a perfect world I'd like to look like Nick Zano...but I'd also like to sleep with him as well...so ....

    What's your suggestions???
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    Sep 08, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    If you're not a big eater, then you're not going to "bulk".

    Just eat right and train hard, and you'll achieve a modestly ripped muscular body.
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    Sep 09, 2009 3:32 AM GMT
    hmmm. well I'm attracted to both 'types' - but lean ripped guys' bodies tend to age and maintain better from what I've seen. Also... nothing feels quite like chiseled physique in bed. icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 09, 2009 4:34 AM GMT
    Have you considered the RJ workout program?
    Getting a workout buddy?
    Finding a trainer you could hire periodically?

    Just a couple of ideas...

    good luck!
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    Sep 09, 2009 6:17 AM GMT
    epleadbe saidHey Ya'll

    Here is my issue....

    I don't know if I want to get lean or get bigger... I'm sort of a thin guy 148# 5'6"

    I've been working out for about 2 years and I've really seen some changes in my body, lose of fat, nicer chest arms and great legs...

    I feel like it's time to make a decision about where to go now, I've hit a bit of a wall... Do I want to get bigger or lean out, and when I say lean out I mean more ripped instead of bulk....?

    I'm not a huge eater, in addition I eat super clean so I know myself and I cannot eat a ton like everyone suggests...thats just me...

    In a perfect world I'd like to look like Nick Zano...but I'd also like to sleep with him as well...so ....

    What's your suggestions???


    Do what makes you happy.
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    Sep 09, 2009 6:24 AM GMT
    Leaner or more muscular? Um, you can do BOTH! They are not mutually exclusive.

    The more muscle you build the more calories your body will consume on a daily basis...even while idle/sleeping. This will help you chisel away at your fat stores.

    And at your stats...I can't imagine you're "fat". At 148 or so - you don't have much to lose to begin with. If so, you better stay away from the central US in spring-time and the south-eastern coasts in the fall because you'd get blown away in a big gust of wind (from a tornado or hurricane, respectively).

    You might be flabby now but that will greatly change with any hypertrophy (muscle-building) program.
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    Sep 09, 2009 8:42 AM GMT
    I ripped up and gained new muscle. I lost some BF (Body Fat) and I like my look. I can fit into new suits with out looking freaky. I like my lean and muscular look. Diet is the key, proper nutrition and sleep. Make it happen!! ALL NATURALicon_cool.gif
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    Sep 09, 2009 8:52 AM GMT

    I like to go for lean rather than muscular ... in terms of myself. I like being lean.
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    Sep 09, 2009 9:58 AM GMT
    Yea, I vote for lean.

    I'm about the same height as you, and I went from 135 to 148 this year icon_sad.gif
    stressss... but that's easing up and I'm going in the right direction now. I'll be starting a muscle building program after I get finished with moving later this month.

    But my point is, I felt much better at 135. More energy, more agility. Felt more like myself.

    I have a good friend who bulked up over 3-4 years, and he's really built. I mean, I can appreciate all the work he's put in, and he gets a lot of attention at the gym that only big/built guys do... but... I thought he looked a lot cuter when he was lean and ripped. It was just a more natural look for him.

    I think its easier to maintain "lean" than it is to maintain "big," too. But that's just a guess.

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    Sep 09, 2009 10:45 AM GMT
    Having been fat for most of my life. Lean always sounds more appealing. I am still aways from my goal and I want to lean out a bit more. I have lost 80 lbs thus far and want to go another 10 or 15. I am very fortunate I have no saggy skin, so wherever and whatever weight it takes to stay there is where Ill be. I would say at your weight and the fact that youre not going to bulk eat (and I cant either), work out hard and get what you can get.