So I’ve been lurking around for a while, and decided to ask for some advice. I’ve done searches, and even searched on other forums, but I feel this one has an overall better crowd.
I’m 28, 6’1’’ and about 315 lbs. I cut down from about 350 lbs with just diet and some cardio. About a year ago I changed my degree in school to exercise science and really got into lifting. Started a variation of Rip’s SS at home after building a home gym.
I never really hit the weights early in my life, and perhaps dabbled a bit in them while in the Army. After I got out I gained an insane amount of weight working nights as a respiratory therapist, eating junk and not working out at all. I’ve always considered myself somewhat strong, being a farm boy, and wanted to start lifting (enter SS).
I took some weightlifting classes for my major and got some 1 rep maxes that were in my opinion good for someone that didn’t lift his whole life. I was able to squat (below par.) 325 and BP 205. Didn’t even know what a deadlift or row was to be honest. Started SS at lower numbers and worked myself up to respectable weights.
Cut to today, and I am able to 5x5 squats at 305, dead 385, BP 245, row 225 and OHP 215. I am still making weekly progress on all my lifts and still feel I have some newbie gains left in me.
The big question for me is this: I am obese. I reckon about 38% bf for sure. I’d like to lose a significant amount of fat, but I do not want to go on a strict cut. I notice that I am able to eat more and stay the same weight while working out as I am. Would it be easier to lose fat after gaining more muscle or better to just go ahead and cut now? I enjoy seeing muscle pop up under my skin, and can honestly say I caught “the bug” and do not want to stop seeing this progress.
I’ve read of body recomps, but do not think I can pull that off just yet. I posted something similar in a running forum and they all felt I should lose the weight first, the build muscle later. I figure I’d get the opposite spectrums opinion and advice. I feel it theoretically should be easier to cut fat when you have a significant amount of muscle compared to a mild to moderate amount.