So here’s a recent discussion I’ve been having with myself.
All my training career I’ve put athletic performance before aesthetic goals. I still abide by this rule, but I recently have been lenient with it. I’ve decided to let my dynamic strength (Sprinting, Jumping, Explosiveness) go further by leaning out and not being so damn fat, I’m sitting at about 178lbs BW. The results aesthetically and athletically have been very rewarding.
Strength wise, since I’m young and I’m probably still getting some little beginner gains, I’ve still been gaining strength. Essentially I’ve been getting Leaner, Faster, Stronger since I’ve started cutting. Strength wise I have noticed that I do not recover quite as quick, which is not surprising for me.
My last “Bulk” was a over the summer. It was in short an effing wreck. I got very fat very quick, I got above average strength gains from it but wasn’t really happy with how fat/out of shape I was.
I don’t plan on even considering another “Bulk” until I reach my goal of 175lbs BW, but 175lbs isn’t far away.
Now for defensive line in American football you need to be pretty balanced in size, strength, speed and agility. Right now for my freshman class I’m ahead of the ball game in Strength and Speed. Which really leaves size and agility to further better. Around highschool size can come in pretty handy because down here in Texas we have some Big ol’ Boys, our smallest Offensive lineman this year weighed 233lbs.
So the question is, do I keep going with my weight cut until I hit 175lbs and then start gradually increasing my calories OR go even lower than 175lbs. I’m not afraid to Increase my calories this time because I somewhat have an idea of what I’m doing. Probably going to do something along the lines of 5/2 for lifters and keep my food choices to the Vertical Diet.
Input on this?