Ive been lifting for a year now. Being in between some crappy cutting and bulking cycles and recently I hit the nail on the head with cutting with Maximizing Fat Loss routine from CT which I think is fantastic to use lactic build up to create a better environment for fat loss. So anyway, I still consider myself a newbie on this. Since I'm 158 lbs, fairly lean in some areas others are still covered with some loose skin+fat like the torso, I think in a few weeks I'll start a 12-14 week program clean bulking.
What Im having trouble is deciding which routine to start with, I was thinking of going with Madcow's 5 x 5 for strength and some mass since my lifts are not that excellent.
Bench : 155 x 5
Deadlift: 185 x 5
Squat: 155 x 10 (sore knee joint, I can fairly go to the 200lb range with around 5 reps)
Other people are recommending me OVT or GVT due to the higher volume and better gains on hypertrophy which is what I'm looking for mostly, look aesthetically good, but obviously some good quality strength gains are wanted as well.
I thought about doing 5 x 5 for 6 wks and then OVT or GVT for another 6-8 wks. And then drop volume and go on another cut towards mid summer.
Other option I considered was, alternating these last two routines mentioned each week. Meaning one week 5x5, next one GVT, then 5 x 5 again. I hope some of you veterans can respond and offer some advice.
Just in case, I am a FFB i was 295lbs 2 years ago, so I've learned pretty good about nutrition along the way. My nutrition will be carb cycling for the clean bulk. High carbs/low fat for training days, during rest days I'll lower carbs and up the fats maintaining a fairly high amount of protein. I'm thinking about 3000 cals on training days and between 2300-2500 on rest days.
So, in conclusion, should I do 6 weeks of each or alternate, or any other option you can give me is welcomed as well