I’m going to make a couple statements that I’m pretty certain are going to draw criticism from guys who still haven’t absorbed the foundational basics of how the human body works.
If you have to ask whether you should cut or gain you should train to gain. It’s a foregone guarantee that you have nothing to cut.
If you have ANY future designs on being substantially larger than you are now expunge the whole concept of cutting from your mind for a couple years BARE MINIMUM and probably quite a bit longer than that.
Even if you are very overweight, in other words a disgusting dimpled fat body, you should STILL train as if you were of average body composition and trying to gain lean size. This goes for nutrition and lifting. If you do this the excess fat will take very much care of itself for quite a while and by the time you stop getting leaner you should have an idea of where to go next.
In other words this whole mentality of not knowing what to do as a beginner is a relatively recent phenomena. Not that long ago practically all untrained noobs assumed as a matter of logical observation that lean mass was what they needed first. Somewhere along the line, maybe through the media, probably through the media, everybody developed this obsession with 24/7/365 single digit leanness.
Get bigger pal, you’ll never be sorry you did.[/quote]
The problem for us noobs is all the conflicting information out there. The advise to read everything out there is great, but sometimes it’s completely overwhelming. For example,on this site alone, I’ve read:
- You CAN’T gain muscle and lose fat simultaneously.
- You CAN gain muscle and lose fat simultaneously.
Add in the fact that a lot of us start our path to weight lifting through magazines like Men’s Health, etc. It’s no wonder we are confused. Until I found this site I was under the impression that it was always better to lose fat before worrying about muscle gain. I’ve also read that one set of 8-12 reps twice a week is enough for a beginner. Fortunately, I have found my way to this site. My point is, try to be patient with us noobs. Obviously we don’t know what we are talking about, that’s why we’re asking.
Thanks for all the great advice.