I just signed up here, so I wanted to get a little feedback on the right type of training for my situation. I started out as 6'4 185 , back in november. I did rippetoes for about 4 weeks starting at much lower weights than my max. I stopped because I was tired of squatting 3 times a week because my hips or knees would hurt , so I wound up doing max ot a 5 day split doing each body part once a week.
After a good 12 weeks of this and the ripptoes, I ended up weighing 215, benching 220 for 4 reps, squatting 270 4 reps, deadlifting 325 4 reps. I made most of the progress on the max ot, but I've read that doing full body workouts were best.
My dilemma now is that my body fat is about 26% and its all in the stomach, but I still want to bulk up and get stronger because I was still making good progress. I was thinking about going back on rippetoes and did that for a week with cardio 3-4 times a week, but on the friday workout, i strained my hip doing squats.. What do you guys think is my best bet. I want to end up looking big, but getting the body fat down to about 12%..
Should I do rippetoes program, max ot, or some other full body workout for a few months and get as big as possible first then cut, or cut on rippetoes, or just eat maintanence calories while lifting and getting stronger and hopefully bigger? Whats the best program to get in for my situation