I’ve been spinning my wheels over the past few years and I want to finally get on the right track. about 2 years ago I started off at 187 pretty weak and got on starting strength and ate a lot. I got up to 228 heres how my lifts improved
bench 155 230
military 95 160
squat 185 325
deadlift 185 365
I got fat in the process so around april 2012 I went on the rapid fat loss diet and got down to 200 in a few short weeks. I played basketball in the summer got sick in the fall and started back up on starting strength in november on a cut so I ended up at 185 with a 6 pack.
I started bulking back up again in december and now I just benched 185, military pressed 120, squated 225, and deadlifted 315. My diet is really good and I’m consistent with what I eat a lot of cottage cheese, eggs, egg whites w cheese, oatmeal, chicken breast, veggies, fruit, protein shakes, sweet potatoes.
So right now I’m 6’4 200 pounds pretty lean. I do enjoy the rippetoes style training because I see gains in strength really fast but I want to really pack on some good size that will turn head.
Should I continue on the strength training route going from rippetoes / texas method/ 531 route in order to get my squat over 400, deadlift over 500 and bench over 300, or should I go on an upper lower split or a chest tri, back bi, legs abs type split ( I believe in hitting body parts 2 times a week so would do this 4 to 5 times a week so I hit everything ever 4 days or so)
I have this thing in my head where I think it’d be good to get super strong first then be able to add reps to that strength to put on the muscle rather than slowly adding strength at a higher rep range.