I’ve been reading the boards for a while now and am seeking advice on bulking or cutting. I am:
-5’7" - 174 lbs.
-19 years old
-Approximately 24% body fat - based on hand held tester from November
-Deadlift - 286 lbs.
-Squat - 225 lbs.
-Bench - 175 lbs.
-Pullup - 5 reps with 22.5 lbs (still working on seeing max)
-Indian descent (probably doesn’t have to do with much)
-lifting since 4 years…rebirth since 1 year ago
-taking martial arts course currently (includes some jogging as conditioning)
Now my lifts are clearly not that great and I am lacking in leg strength. My goals are kind of general, but I would like to be much more athletically proficient than I am now. Most people would be say bulk just because of my crappy strength. But on one hand, more muscle should increase metabolism and help get rid of the fat later on.
However, I’ve read that fat is correlated with higher estrogen levels (by the way, I have most of my fat in my abdominal area). I am wondering if the estrogen could be slowing down my gains, and by cutting, it would help speed up building muscle.
I’m sorry for the long-winded post but I’ve wanted to get this out here for some time. If anything is unclear or if anyone has any questions, please ask. I am open to any criticism or comments, and I am fully committed to getting stronger.