I wasn't sure if this should go in RMP, but I didn't want to post shitty cell phone pics from my bathroom mirror. also this is not a program or physique critique but a critique of how my measurements have progressed. if I should repost in RMP anyway please let me know.
anyway, my long-term goal is to get to 180# @ 5% body fat, and to establish a 1000 total. I'm 5'9". last winter was my first serious strength phase (5/3/1) and this past winter/spring was my first serious diet phase (started at 16.68% body fat in may 2010 @ ~180#). after the diet phase was over, I felt that my traps, shoulders, chest and arms were lagging behind my legs so I focused this bulk on those body parts.
here's the measurement log I've been keeping. skinfold measurements are a 3-pinch in mm. 6/15 is one month into the bulking period but it hadn't occurred to me until later to also measure circumferences.
10.18% body fat
left arm circ 16 1/8"
chest 38 1/4"
left arm circ 16 1/4
chest 39 1/8"
I saw a jump in my ab skinfold measurement. i know I can't count on keeping "hawt abz" during a bulk, but I'm trying for a clean bulk and I was a bit concerned with the jump in the measurement. I don't want to gain more fat than I "have" to... getting down to 10% body fat doing three-a-days and protein pulse fasting was NOT fun....