Hey everyone, I’ve been lurking on some good advice, but found nothing like my situation. So here goes.
I just started Rippletoe’s about a month ago, and I’m clueless about some program details. Some questions below.
I’m 21, 5’6", 155 lbs at the start, currently at 162. I lifted on and off for the last 4 years, but with no rhyme or reason (leg press over squat, never tried DLs, etc.). This is the first guided program I’ve ever done.
I’ve been eating some junk due to a new job, but I used to eat about three meals and two snacks daily for about 2200-2400 calories. Now, though, I’ve upped my intake to 5-6 meals daily (no snacks) for about 3000 calories.
1.) I don’t know what my BF% is or was. Am I right in assuming that BF% (and therefore, my non-fat weight) dictates how much I should eat?
2.) My goal is to add about 10 pounds of muscle. I’m planning on sticking with Ripple’s for about 3 months, then cutting down afterwards. Feasible?
3.) I’m getting a gut as part of my increased intake. Normal? Can this be cut away? I’m a former fat guy (pigged out as a kid, etc.), so keep that in mind.
4.) I had some soreness in my hips from squatting ATG, as well as some rounding of the back. Yesterday, I only went parallel (hips in line with the knees, like Squat Rx says), and I felt fine but taxed. Is this acceptable, or is ATG the only way to go? Should I be increasing hip flexibility instead?