Long story short I have always been somewhat into lifting, nutrition, and bodybuilding as an athlete. I am now out of college, done playing a sport and realized how much I love health and fitness and want to get more involved and a better physique. In doing so I want to compete some day and try to develop the best physique I can.
I would like to be bigger but not Mr. Olympia big, more of a classic physique look (something like Steve Cook is my ultimate goal) at around 185 lbs. I am 5'11 and currently around 185 but want my body composition to change. I have been in a calorie deficit for a while now and dropped from around 205 to my current state in about 2 months. I have always been a "huskier" kid and never really had that lean look so I would consider myself more of a mesomorph with some endomorph thrown in.
I feel like I am pretty knowledgeable about fitness and nutrition with all of the reading and research I do, yet I feel like I have been stagnant over my training because I constantly go back and forth between try to lose fat and trying to gain muscle. This has become a problem and I don't want to be stagnant anymore.
My ultimate goal is to do a physique show for myself, however ultimately I just want a body I am proud of and to actually see change. Any help would be awesome.
1) I would estimate my Body Fat% to be about 18-20 ish, is that accurate?
2) I am currently consuming about 2400 calories (170g P; 250g C; 80g F) 2800 seems to be my maintenance, so my question is should I bulk or cut, or maybe even eat maintenance, and with that how should I adjust my macros.
3) I want to get stronger, I feel I am too small to do a show and need to build muscle and mass, yet I also feel I am teetering the too much body fat % line. I am currently benching about 255x1, deadlift 435x1, squat 335 x1, shoulder press 135x1 clean rep.
4) Any other advice for a show would be great. i.e. how far away am I from actually seriously competing, etc.
Also if there are any coaches out there I would love to connect as I am interested in getting one.
Thank you in advance!