For starters, i would say im ‘advanced’ only in a sense that i understand the proper mechanics of lifting, including form, functionality, and exercise selection. However, for how i respond to different diets and exercise programs is where i am less experienced. I think my biggest problem has always been inconsistency with how long i commit to a program. Typically, ill give it about 4-6 weeks include a deload and move on to something. Which could be related or the cause of not seeing quite the results im looking for. I have however recently been more committed to the compound movements as opposed to the years spent spinning my wheels with isolation exercises. Which could also mean that im in a better position than ever to commit to truly advancing. My diet is very clean but i do tend to drink moderately on the weekends.
Im 5’7 150 with about 7-8% body fat as i mentioned above. My current meal plan can be found here https://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/how-bodybuilders-should-eat. Essentially, my daily input protein is roughly around 130-150 carbs similar to what the program shows. Pre and post workout is where i consume the majority of the starchy carbs along with my morning meals. So, part of the problem could be lack of protein.
Also, i dont use much for supplementation other than protein powder and BCAA’s during workouts. I have used creatine in the past which definitely helps but i get bad acne breakouts on it unfortunately even at age 25.
For the purposes of this post, from Jan to about Mar 1 i was doing reg parks 5x5 foundation workout and made some progress. For the past 2 weeks ive been doing a push pull work out here: https://www.t-nation.com/workouts/push-pull-workout.
Currently, my 1RP in the big 3 (i wouldnt call them PR) are as follows:
So of course, one could scrutinize me for lack of strength in the big lifts. While strength is very important to me, so is physique and being athletically well rounded (which one could also argue is the primary functionality of these lifts). Nonetheless, i am open to any and all suggestions and any criticism. Put simply, if i get good advice with a solid takeaway plan of attack, i could crush it. 160lbs is arbitrary really but obviously a stronger, lean-er body with great mobility is ideally my goal.
I think my problem has always been lack of faith in committing to specific programs.
Much appreciated everyone,