Yes and no. For a 16 year old you’re doing great! But I’m not sure about doing a show…yet.
@The_Mighty_Stu is much smarter than I when it comes to these things. I’ve never done a show and never will. But I have been training with a physique focus for as long as you’ve been alive (whether or not I’ve succeeded is a different discussion…). I would hate to see someone with your potential shoot themselves in the foot with crazy dieting for a show. As someone who is ignorant on the topic it seems like it could do more harm than good for your long term development.
You’re either in the early stages or you’re about to enter your lifting prime in terms of hormones. If you’re doing the right things then you can possibly grow like someone on steroids all because of the natural testosterone flying around inside your body. I’m not saying you’re going to blow up to 220 lbs at 8% BF but you could add 20 lbs in a year of training. And maybe you could follow that up with another 10 the following year. Will you do that if you’re dieting for a show at age 16?
This is all coming from a guy who has a bit of regret regarding his training. I think I shot myself in the foot in my 20’s when I could’ve made a lot of progress towards my goals. Now I’m 33 with way more life responsibilities and an aging body. If I’d been a little smarter 10 years ago then perhaps I’d be in a maintenance phase now instead of scratching and clawing for ounces of progress.
Again, I have no experience with dieting down to stage levels of body fat. I do have observational experience though. And I find it suspicious that the best wrestlers in high school who were always cutting weight seem to be smaller adults than the rest of us. And I don’t mean that just in terms of muscle and fat. Their bone structure is smaller and they’re shorter. Maybe that was their fate and they found their way into wrestling because of their stature but I’m not convinced. I watched them cut weight from their childhood to adulthood and I think it stunted their growth.