Alright, so title is a little misleading.
I should give a little background first. Haven’t played any sports since high school, 6 years ago. Always been overweight. Been dicking around with different strength training programs for a few years, but not very consistently. Last one was Starting Strength about a year ago. And I loved it for putting on strength. My primary goal I guess you can say is to look good naked. To be able to take my shirt off at the beach or a water park and look good, and not be ashamed of how I look. My other goal is to powerlift, I have found myself more or less fascinated by it. Even am going to be doing my first meet at the end of July.
Most recently, I’ve done a few cycles of 5/3/1, but my lifts are still low and I’m still out of shape.
Current stats are (measurements taken on Sunday; lift maxes done about two months ago):
Age - 24
Height - 6’1"
Weight - 296
Body Fat (tape measure method) - 33.30%
Neck - 18.5"
Chest - 49"
Waist - 48.5"
Bicep - 18"
Forearm - 14"
Thigh - 27"
Calf - 19"
Back Squat - 285 (though, this was after starting at 135 and working my way up, I think my actual, rested max would be higher)
Bench Press - 210 (220 pinned me, so I don’t think fatigue had much to do with this one lol)
Deadlift - 325 (see back squat)
I have 12 weeks til the meet; not including the res of this week and the week of the meet. After that meet, I have pretty much a month, exactly 30 days actually, til I start my first semester at a university, and wouldn’t mind being in the best shape of my life going into the new environment (not hard since I’ve been anywhere between 290-330 pounds for the last three years).
The way I was kind of looking at it was maybe keep up heavy lifting (a la 5/3/1 + North of Vag or something similar [suggestions]), throw in some NEPA and MAYBE even some slow cardio. Couple this with cleaning up my diet, maybe the 100 gram carb cure, and hope that the the body comp changes equal me looking better while getting my total up to 1000. Then maybe spend the 30 days post meet shedding every pound of fat that I can as quickly as I can)
The other thought I had was to just say screw the total and focus my heavy lifting on just enough to maintain and then just an all out fat blitzkrieg, using one of the many programs here. My main problem, however, is that I’m afraid of what my upper body will look like without the mass. I know my lower body will still be big and muscular, no confidence on my upper body though…most of my fat is on my upper body, so while I know pretty accurately what my legs and ass will look like, don’t know what is or isn’t hiding under the fat up above.
On one hand, I would love to get my total for my first meet up to 1000+, but I also don’t want to be grossly overweight anymore (and wouldn’t mind dropping a weigh class or two). Just not sure.
*Sorry, I know pics aren’t the best, but had to find ways to take them myself, best I could do.
Waist up, from behind:
Waist up, from in front:
Waist up, from side:
Thigh, from front:
Thigh, from side: