I’ve been doing Rippetoes on and off mostly on lately, and have made some pretty nice strength and size gains. I went from 6’4 187 to 228 in about a year with some missed weeks in between. For 5 reps I now bench 230, squat 325, and deadlift 360, and the gains are still coming especially with the squats.
I"ve always been a skinny guy, and I put on some nice size, but a lot of it has been fat which went straight to my gut. I have a super pregnent looking stomach that I can tuck in and make it look like its flat and hide it, but its annoying to have to tuck this in everyday. I bought a bodyfat scale and found I have 160 pounds of lean mass, and 68 pounds of fat bf % of 30% which is alarming. So I gained about 10 pounds of muscle and 30 pounds of fat.
Whats my best bet here? I’ve been adding 5 pounds to squat everytime, 5 to deadlift, and 2.5 to bench and military and havent stalled lately. My goals in order of importance are to squat 400+ to increase my vertical jump, get down to about 10% bodyfat so i can not have to hide the gut anymore and show some abs for the summer, add on some nice size by increasing reps in the 8 to 12 range, bench over 300 and deadlift over 450.
My dilemma is that I really need to cut this fat off, but I know you cant build muscle and cut at the same time. I have to lose 45 pounds of fat which if taking 2 pounds off a week would take about 23 weeks which is a looong time to cut, but at the same time I still want to increase strength and some hypertrophy for the upper body especially. Whats my best bet here.