I had a respected poster on another board tell me that I was too fat to be doing a bulk. What do you guys think?
I’ve been training with CW’s TBT for about 3 weeks now. My calorie intake has been based on Berardi’s Massive Eating articles - 4800 calories/day. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been as a result. Also seeing good progress in my lifts.
Height - 5’10.5"
Weight - 161.5 lbs.
Body Fat - 14.7%
BF % was tested at my gym by a personal trainer using calipers. He said the error was +/- 3%. He didn’t strike me as particularly knowledgeable or experienced. Given this, I’ve linked to my pictures and put my measurements below.
Thigh - 24
Calf - 14.75
Hips - 38.5
Waist - 33.5
Bicep - 12.5
Chest - 38.5
These were taken while relaxed. The pretty constant advice for lightweight noobs around here seems to be EAT MORE, but this is what the other poster had to say:
Your gains a are markedly decreased when bulking at such a high body fat. i’m assuming that it was measured accurately, but you want to be well below 10% bf when starting a bulk. somewhere in the 5 to 8% range. Then start bulking until you hit 12%, then maintain for a bit, then do a cut back down to 6-8% etc. being 14% you are going to store a ton of fat that if you were at a lower bodyfat wouldnt happen. [/quote]
Front Relaxed - http://img481.imageshack.us/img481/2225/p1010001cc1.jpg
Front Flexed - http://img481.imageshack.us/img481/8040/p1010002bd8.jpg
Front2 Relaxed - http://img325.imageshack.us/img325/8562/p1010004zu7.jpg
Front2 Flexed - http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/2904/p1010003od0.jpg
Side Relaxed - http://img379.imageshack.us/img379/9876/p1010006xg4.jpg
Side Flexed - http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/9697/p1010005xx5.jpg
Back Relaxed - http://img379.imageshack.us/img379/747/p1010007gc6.jpg
Back Flexed - http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/781/p1010008jo6.jpg
Back2 Relaxed - http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/5637/p1010009tv0.jpg
Back2 Flexed - http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/3783/p1010010yw8.jpg
So should I cut before I bulk? How long should I bulk otherwise? General thoughts?