I just want to say some good tips that I’ve learn from reading and other bodybuilder and trainee. I would say to not spend time tryin to cut down right now, you need to bulk up a bit. I am myself the oldest of eight children at home, I have to pay for anything at home and let me tell you that most of my money goes in food. I think it is the most important part in bodybuilding. As someone states, 5’10, 165, nobody will notice that you are lifting, it is true and let me tell you that doing squat and deadlift are the best plan for developping mass and strengh. My problem was my toothpick leg when I first it the iron and since I started doing them, My upper body just explode and I don’t care having 19" arms if my legs are 25", Sure, people at the beach will say that you have a great body, but when I see someone with an incredible upper body and almost no legs, I just can help it, I just laugh.
My points is to concentrate on nutrition and lifting weight, have a realistic goal. For my part, I am 236 at 6’ and find myself skinny, I know I have a problem but you know, my previous goal was to hit the 200, and when I did, Geeeezzz, what was that, I am never satisfied and will pursue a goal all my life. I love to train and maybe will compete some day in Canada ( that is were I live).
Let me tell you that it is possible to achieve great goals if you put all the chances on your sides, do a training and nutrition log, work to save money but also to buy some good food, deals are everywhere, you can find them.
For your goal for this summer, 16’‘17’’ for your arms, from my experience, summer is always bad for me because most of the time I am struggling to add muscle mass. I was a hard gainer till I learned how to eat and then I realize that even with a fats metabolisme, you can add size and mass, you just need to keep eating.
Well man, feel for you and encourage you to read not most but all T-mad article, it will help.
I recently bought a book which is the naked warrior, by pavel wich state some body exercice which could help you in your basement.
For my last point (Man i am like my mom, can’t stop to talk) I would say that it is possible to achieve your goal if you put effort into it.
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