I started lifting weights in August 2014. This was my original post back then: http://tnation.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/sports_body_training_performance_bodybuilding_beginner/start_bulk_at_19_bodyfat
I was 140 lbs and now I'm up to 155 lbs. My lifts are as follows:
Overhead press: 115lbs x 5
Bench: 135lbs x 5
Deadlift: 265lbs x 5
Unfortunately, I resorted to hack squat machine and leg presses for leg work. I still need to develop hip flexibility to do proper squats. I do other lifts like pullups, curls, skulls, etc. but I won't bother listing those. I also do rows on the machine, but recently started doing barbell rows.
Some of my issues are that my bench isn't that great. My 1 rep max on the bench is just my body weight. I seem to struggle most with my bench. Also, I'm concerned that I've put on a bit more fat than I'd like. It's nothing insane, but I have more stomach fat now. The dilemma is whether I should ease off on the eating a bit, but I'm afraid my lifts will suffer. At the same time, I don't want to gain more fat than I already have.
Is it wise to do a mini-cut for maybe 5 lbs and then get back to a surplus and adding weight?