I have been training since February of last year.
I had used machines and toyed with weights before (got up to 100kg squat before) that but it was me starting from scratch, 143 pounds at 5ft10.
I could not even bench the bar and I was very thin. I tried eating everything I could because I just wanted to gain very quickly and even though I was gaining very quickly at the beginning, my diet was not great and I ended up more fat than I would have gained if I planned my diet. It was a bad habit because I assumed that it would work forever.
When I got a coach (national level bodybuilder here in the UK), he told me to clean up my diet and this has drastically slowed down the fat gains. He basically handed me a list of foods to buy and said "Follow the damn list, don't deviate". Today, I am 187 pounds.
I asked my coach if I can start cutting yesterday and he told me that I am young and he thinks that I am obssessing about the standard/average holiday physique too much; and that this will lead to me wasting my time when I am still weak to him and not ready. He was blunt. He said that I need to sacrifice my ego (i.e. abs/ what i think is aesthetics) and if I am serious about 'real' training I should listen to him so that I can get bigger and stronger.
He told me that I should forget about the fat I have at the moment and just bulk slower until I reach the lifting goals. He said I should eventually (when the time comes) cut slowly and take about a year if necessary to do it. When I reach a point that he is happy with he will say I should cut and we will work hard to ensure we keep all the strength. I.e. Over 100-110kg bench, squatting around 150-155kg, deadlifting 4 plates (180kg) and above (All for 5 reps).
I was not very happy but he told me to ask him again in August.
My current best lifts are as follows:
Bench Press 82.5kg for five reps. (I think I can lift more as last week this felt quite easy)
Squat 130kg 1x5 reps (I have since deloaded and I am working my way back up)
Deadlift 155kg 1x5
Overhead Press 60kg 3x8
Some pics, I think if I cut I will get a good "fitness" type of physique. But my coach wants more from me and that cutting down for abs should be something I do later down the line when I am not "thinking and lifting like a pussy prettyboy youtube lifting cunt" anymore. He got quite angry so I just stopped talking about it. Should I just cut or listen to the guy?