I am new to TNation and would really appreciate some advice.
I am 37 and 6ft with average genetics at best. I was obese when I was 33 at 288lbs (133kg) . I went on a 2 year cut with hard training (mostly weight lifting) and went down to 173 (78kg) but I didn’t have enough muscle on my body and it make me look sick (face sucked in etc). I was probably around 14%bf.
From there I have been training hard and bulking for another 2 years. I am currently 244lbs (110kg) and am around 25%bf wearing 34” jeans. My current one rep maxs are:
- 315kg (140kg) Bench (life long goal) and 100kg (220lbs) for 13 reps
- 352lbs (160kg) Squat
- 352lbs (160kg) Deadlift
I have also been doing BJJ for the last year and absolutely love jiu jitsu.
I did blood work one year ago and my Testosterone and IGF were in “normal range” according to my doc, but they sat between 30% and 50% of the “normal range”.
My ultimate goal is to be lean and strong with a large athletic build, but not huge. Essentially, I want to look jacked but on the limits of natural for someone with good genetics. I would be very happy to be 95kg or 100kg at 12% BF.
I have accepted given my age that there will come a time in the near future when I will need to start TRT and this has made me consider a first cycle to keep all the muscle I have gained but lose all the fat, then commence with TRT to keep me at the high end of the “normal range”.
Please assume I have access to any medical supplementation that would be recommend.
Please also assume I have the discipline to eat super clean when needed and train hard.
I already look pretty big and I don’t want to look bigger and puffy. 100kg lean would be fantastic.
I am worried given my age and how I looked when I cut down to 78kg that without going on a cycle, I will lose my strength and size when I start to cut again, ruining my hard work. Even on my first cut I ate 200g of animal protein per day.
I love being muscular and strong and I love BJJ. Flexibility and joint pain are a consideration/concern. If there is something that will allow me train bjj more while lifting hard 3 times per week that would be awesome. At the moment my body is probably being pushed to its limits.
Sorry for the long write-up but I wanted to give an accurate picture of my history and my goals.