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  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 8,942Member Member Posts: 8,942Member Member
    psuLemon wrote: »
    sardelsa wrote: »
    How is everyone doing? So much sick going around hopefully everyone is recovering or staying healthy!

    Things are going well over here. I looked at myself in the mirror this morning and thought - wow I look really lean, almost too lean. Which could possibly mean I am not actually maintaining but losing since physique changes do not happen that fast unless I am in a deficit. Uch. Maybe by some chance I am recomping. According to trend weight I am losing again but I am not giving it enough data points because I keep forgetting :s . I also need to pick up a measuring tape and actually take measurements soon to help track progress.

    Lift wise- I am definitely getting stronger and pushing myself more. The only lift I am struggling with is my squats (barbell-wise I only do Zercher squats) they just feel so heavy the past two sessions and my right quad is just so tight, so I gotta work on those.

    Things are mediocre on the diet side. It seems like every time i hit in the 160's i go back up. Again at 172-173 these past few weeks. I am seeing some recomposition but i would much rather get leaner faster. I am noticing that calorie counting is causing me a bit of craziness and always working to max out my budget.

    Workout wise, i am doing very well. Overall increases in volume and loading. Been consistent with my 5 day program, except when i am on travel for work. Unfortunately, i have a lot in March.

    Oh ya travelling and keeping on program is definitely tricky. Hopefully it's not too crazy for you in the upcoming months.

    What are your plans after you lean down and get to goal? Would you hang out there and maintain for a while or run a bulk?
  • psuLemonpsuLemon Posts: 35,872Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium MFP Moderator Posts: 35,872Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium MFP Moderator
    sardelsa wrote: »
    psuLemon wrote: »
    sardelsa wrote: »
    How is everyone doing? So much sick going around hopefully everyone is recovering or staying healthy!

    Things are going well over here. I looked at myself in the mirror this morning and thought - wow I look really lean, almost too lean. Which could possibly mean I am not actually maintaining but losing since physique changes do not happen that fast unless I am in a deficit. Uch. Maybe by some chance I am recomping. According to trend weight I am losing again but I am not giving it enough data points because I keep forgetting :s . I also need to pick up a measuring tape and actually take measurements soon to help track progress.

    Lift wise- I am definitely getting stronger and pushing myself more. The only lift I am struggling with is my squats (barbell-wise I only do Zercher squats) they just feel so heavy the past two sessions and my right quad is just so tight, so I gotta work on those.

    Things are mediocre on the diet side. It seems like every time i hit in the 160's i go back up. Again at 172-173 these past few weeks. I am seeing some recomposition but i would much rather get leaner faster. I am noticing that calorie counting is causing me a bit of craziness and always working to max out my budget.

    Workout wise, i am doing very well. Overall increases in volume and loading. Been consistent with my 5 day program, except when i am on travel for work. Unfortunately, i have a lot in March.

    Oh ya travelling and keeping on program is definitely tricky. Hopefully it's not too crazy for you in the upcoming months.

    What are your plans after you lean down and get to goal? Would you hang out there and maintain for a while or run a bulk?

    My goal is to get lean enough for abs (probably low 160s) and then slowly build back up to low or mid 170s. I believe the 160s will be too low for my liking.

    From a bulk, i may just try to creep up 1/2-1 lb a month), instead of a traditional bulk. But i haven't developed the full plan. And i have also debated if i want to run a TKD bulk or low carb.
  • SoHowLongIsThisGonnaTakeSoHowLongIsThisGonnaTake Posts: 210Member Member Posts: 210Member Member
    Officially started another cut. On 1600 calories, increase in cardio, decrease in lifting (#days and load).
  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 8,942Member Member Posts: 8,942Member Member
    psuLemon wrote: »
    sardelsa wrote: »
    psuLemon wrote: »
    sardelsa wrote: »
    How is everyone doing? So much sick going around hopefully everyone is recovering or staying healthy!

    Things are going well over here. I looked at myself in the mirror this morning and thought - wow I look really lean, almost too lean. Which could possibly mean I am not actually maintaining but losing since physique changes do not happen that fast unless I am in a deficit. Uch. Maybe by some chance I am recomping. According to trend weight I am losing again but I am not giving it enough data points because I keep forgetting :s . I also need to pick up a measuring tape and actually take measurements soon to help track progress.

    Lift wise- I am definitely getting stronger and pushing myself more. The only lift I am struggling with is my squats (barbell-wise I only do Zercher squats) they just feel so heavy the past two sessions and my right quad is just so tight, so I gotta work on those.

    Things are mediocre on the diet side. It seems like every time i hit in the 160's i go back up. Again at 172-173 these past few weeks. I am seeing some recomposition but i would much rather get leaner faster. I am noticing that calorie counting is causing me a bit of craziness and always working to max out my budget.

    Workout wise, i am doing very well. Overall increases in volume and loading. Been consistent with my 5 day program, except when i am on travel for work. Unfortunately, i have a lot in March.

    Oh ya travelling and keeping on program is definitely tricky. Hopefully it's not too crazy for you in the upcoming months.

    What are your plans after you lean down and get to goal? Would you hang out there and maintain for a while or run a bulk?

    My goal is to get lean enough for abs (probably low 160s) and then slowly build back up to low or mid 170s. I believe the 160s will be too low for my liking.

    From a bulk, i may just try to creep up 1/2-1 lb a month), instead of a traditional bulk. But i haven't developed the full plan. And i have also debated if i want to run a TKD bulk or low carb.

    Sounds like a great plan. I would love to know how you get along with the low carb/keto bulk. Keep us all posted.
  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 8,942Member Member Posts: 8,942Member Member
    Sounds like a great plan @cupcakesandproteinshakes just take it slow and steady.
  • Mr_Healthy_HabitsMr_Healthy_Habits Posts: 9,937Member Member Posts: 9,937Member Member
    Well I came in at the end of a long weekend about 1-0.5lbs under my target weight for the end of this week... Which means that I really did not gain enough over the weekend to see the type of gains I'm looking for at the end of the week...

    However low and behold... 2 nights of Turkey carnitas 😂... Now I'm about 1-1.5lbs over my target for this Friday 🙈😂...

    Im fairly certain however that I'll probably drop 1lb or more over the next few days as I flush out the sodium and be right where I want to be around 179.5-180lbs, Friday morning...

    I added a rep to my bench and other lifts which is great... The mirror is kind, as are the calipers... And I'll measure my progress literally, on Friday morning...
  • watts6151watts6151 Posts: 585Member, Premium Member Posts: 585Member, Premium Member
    Had a national level guy in the gym comment on my leaness and asking when I was competing.

    Was a nice compliment but think he’s a
    Tad delusional, I’m definitely not at the 7%bf
    He thought I was, but he was also under the impression he was 10%bf while appearing 6months pregnant😂
  • jseams1234jseams1234 Posts: 1,152Member Member Posts: 1,152Member Member
    watts6151 wrote: »
    Had a national level guy in the gym comment on my leaness and asking when I was competing.

    Was a nice compliment but think he’s a
    Tad delusional, I’m definitely not at the 7%bf
    He thought I was, but he was also under the impression he was 10%bf while appearing 6months pregnant😂

    Hah! It's not surprising though. From what I've seen at the gym and even on these forums most guys underestimate their BF% by about 5 points - if not more. I've seen guys who are 25% who think they are 13-15% and that their abs will be popping out any day now.
  • watts6151watts6151 Posts: 585Member, Premium Member Posts: 585Member, Premium Member
    jseams1234 wrote: »
    watts6151 wrote: »
    Had a national level guy in the gym comment on my leaness and asking when I was competing.

    Was a nice compliment but think he’s a
    Tad delusional, I’m definitely not at the 7%bf
    He thought I was, but he was also under the impression he was 10%bf while appearing 6months pregnant😂

    Hah! It's not surprising though. From what I've seen at the gym and even on these forums most guys underestimate their BF% by about 5 points - if not more. I've seen guys who are 25% who think they are 13-15% and that their abs will be popping out any day now.

    Definitely agree on the bf assessment.
    Was just surprised coming from a decent level competitor, I’d guess he was more 30% than the 10% he was claiming, I also think he clocked me staring at his gut 😂
  • Mr_Healthy_HabitsMr_Healthy_Habits Posts: 9,937Member Member Posts: 9,937Member Member
    watts6151 wrote: »
    jseams1234 wrote: »
    watts6151 wrote: »
    Had a national level guy in the gym comment on my leaness and asking when I was competing.

    Was a nice compliment but think he’s a
    Tad delusional, I’m definitely not at the 7%bf
    He thought I was, but he was also under the impression he was 10%bf while appearing 6months pregnant😂

    Hah! It's not surprising though. From what I've seen at the gym and even on these forums most guys underestimate their BF% by about 5 points - if not more. I've seen guys who are 25% who think they are 13-15% and that their abs will be popping out any day now.

    Definitely agree on the bf assessment.
    Was just surprised coming from a decent level competitor, I’d guess he was more 30% than the 10% he was claiming, I also think he clocked me staring at his gut 😂

    Yeah... Calipers for me, are only good to see if you are adding or losing fat...

    If I believed calipers, I would claim to be 6%... No way!
  • SilkysausageSilkysausage Posts: 511Member Member Posts: 511Member Member
    Ok...121lbs now, 160cms tall with arms look 15% whilst stomach looks 25+...cutting on 1650 cals. I'm going with how the bottom end of me looks to determine when to stop....it's hard being an older woman who has had children. It's a hypothyroid roll of belly fat, probably a bit insulin resistant too. I don't want scare small children by looking gaunt on a lower bf % eventually..
  • Mr_Healthy_HabitsMr_Healthy_Habits Posts: 9,937Member Member Posts: 9,937Member Member
    Those turkey carnitas ruined me this week 🙈😂...
    I'll get the fluff off by end of next week...

    Up about a lb more than I had hoped, waist is up about .25" more than I'd like...

    However my my shoulder, chest, thighs are up as well... New prs on the bench, shoulder press, row... Took it easy on the legs this week because they are sore af from last week...

    ✌🏼
  • quiksylver296quiksylver296 Posts: 26,297Member Member Posts: 26,297Member Member
    I'M DONE BULKING!!! HALLELUJAH! 205.2 lbs this morning. Dropping down to maintenance calories, ~2400, to ease into cutting.

    Friday is official weigh-in day, so I'm officially starting this cut at 204.0. I need to take some pics...

    I'm allegedly up 8 pounds of muscle and 13 pounds of fat, per calipers. Now to try to maintain the muscle gain! :)
    edited February 21
  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 8,942Member Member Posts: 8,942Member Member
    I'M DONE BULKING!!! HALLELUJAH! 205.2 lbs this morning. Dropping down to maintenance calories, ~2400, to ease into cutting.

    Friday is official weigh-in day, so I'm officially starting this cut at 204.0. I need to take some pics...

    I'm allegedly up 8 pounds of muscle and 13 pounds of fat, per calipers. Now to try to maintain the muscle gain! :)

    Woohoo good luck!!!
  • SoHowLongIsThisGonnaTakeSoHowLongIsThisGonnaTake Posts: 210Member Member Posts: 210Member Member
    I weighed myself today and put away my scale!
    Which translates to, I'm logging and hitting the calorie goals. I'll weigh in again on Friday.
  • pitbullpuppypitbullpuppy Posts: 65Member Member Posts: 65Member Member
    Hey all,
    I am doing a cut. I am following Arnold's plan which is basically 6 days a week, alternating chest and legs, arms, chest and legs, arms...

    Would it be detrimental to go backwards in training? By that I mean doing chest one day, legs the next, arms the next and repeat that (basically his level 1)? Would that make me lose more muscle? I'm just not sure if people scale down their work outs when cutting or if you're supposed to maintain the intensity throughout a cut despite lowering your fuel. Thanks
  • matthewblandmatthewbland Posts: 30Member Member Posts: 30Member Member
    Hey all,
    I am doing a cut. I am following Arnold's plan which is basically 6 days a week, alternating chest and legs, arms, chest and legs, arms...

    Would it be detrimental to go backwards in training? By that I mean doing chest one day, legs the next, arms the next and repeat that (basically his level 1)? Would that make me lose more muscle? I'm just not sure if people scale down their work outs when cutting or if you're supposed to maintain the intensity throughout a cut despite lowering your fuel. Thanks

    Wouldn’t advise doing Arnold’s routine as he was on steroids and would lead to over training I would have thought
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