@geofit I can certainly appreciate the merits of waiting. Unfortunately the problem I'm running into is that almost everyone involved in fitness modeling, and many of the guys competing for the acting roles I audition for, are a step ahead of me, because despite being around my age, they've already crossed that line. An example is an audition I had for a role as a Gladiator in an upcoming Showtime series, I was in a pool of guys auditioning who were between 18 and 25, and out of 20 or so guys there, at least 1/3 were definitively running gear. I made it to call-backs, but of that smaller group of 6 guys, I was by far the smallest and least vascular. I am not the type of person that thinks that anyone bigger than me is on steroids, but I'm also well aware that an average male between 5'10 and 6' is not capable of attaining a 230+ lb physique at 6-8% bodyfat.
The bottom line of that long-winded statement is: I don't know what the best approach is for me with regards to an exact cycle, but I know that despite my age, I need to find some kind of edge that allows me to compete with the others in my industry that are using.
Also, this is probably a good time to clarify. I smoke weed once every week or two weeks on average, and I don't drink at college - Only when I'm visiting family on breaks or holidays. Early in highschool I abused a lot of hard drugs, smoked weed every day, and drank heavily on a regular basis. When I was 17, I had a friend die of an overdose and I dropped everything. Only recently have I reincorporated marijuana into my life as an occasional release. Realistically, working out compulsively is my only vice.
@norse_str3ngth I will post some recent pics soon
The best I have as of right now is a picture from this last summer, at the time these photos were taken I weighed 221lbs.
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My current diet is 45% protein, 30% fat, and 25% carbohydrates. I'm currently eating 2876 calories a day, with the intention of losing a quarter pound of fat per week. At this point I'm just trying to maintain current strength and get down to single digit bodyfat. I've already noticed significant diminishment in energy levels and strength, but my training program has shifted towards higher volume and more moderate weight. When I'm on a calorie surplus I go much heavier.
I'm currently taking Lysine, Theanine, Arginine, Ornithine, GABA, and Fish oils. In powders I use 5 grams of glutamine in the morning on an empty stomach, and 5 grams in the evening before bed. Creatine I take 10 grams an hour before working out with a scoop of protein and consume another 10 grams immediately after. Glycine I take 2 grams per day. I also use a 2:1:1 BCAA complex with Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine.
In terms of nutrition, breakfast usually consists of 8 egg whites with 2 strips of turkey bacon, and 2 packets of oatmeal or probiotic greek yogurt. I usually have 4 scoops of protein every day at various points between meals and during classes in order to maintain my desired ratio and fill in additional calories. Lunch consists of a 6-8 chicken breast with mixed vegetables and brown jasmine rice. My late afternoon/preworkout meal consists of either rice, yogurt, oatmeal, or ezekiel bread. My post workout meal is usually ground beef or steak with brown rice and vegetables. Usually after 9 I only consume protein and avoid carbs, but if I do consume them, I make sure they are complex.
Training - I change my program every 8 weeks, right now my current routine consists of this. I change my rep range on a weekly basis as well as the length of time for the positive and negative of any given (non-compound) movement. I have one large compound movement for major muscle groups, paired with a number of isolation exercises to accompany. An example of a first week would consist of a 10-12 rep range on all compound movements - (2nd Week would be 8-10, 3rd Week 6-8, 4th Week 3-5 - at which point it would reset)
The isolation exercises are another story, I play with the rep range and the weight, but the main focus is on the pace of the rep.
Week 1 I use a 5 second positive and 5 second negative on each rep, Week 2: 10 seconds, Week 3: 15 seconds, Week 4: 5 seconds again, etc...
The compound lift for each day is in parenthesese.
Monday - Back and triceps. (Rackpulls or bent over barbell rows. ) Muay Thai class in evening.
Tuesday - Quads, abs. (Squats)
Wednesday - Cardio/Muay Thai classes in evening
Thursday - Chest and Biceps (Barbell or Dumbbell Bench)
Friday - Hamstrings, abs. (Deadlifts)
Saturday - Shoulders. (Dumbbell or barbell shoulder presses)
Sunday - Forearms, Calves, Abs, and cardio.
Haha, I've wanted to join the dark side since I was 15, I just knew it wasn't the time and that I could and should accomplish more naturally before going over.