I'm new to this, so go easy on me!
Been training for about six months now, and had a slow progression. I've gone from 10st 6lbs to 11st 4lbs and while the bulk has been clean, I am developing a bit of puppy fat around my lower abs.
I have an ectomorph body type.
My old routine was OK for me, but I think my muscles have kind of recognised my process, so I'm trying something new now.
This is it:
Squats- 3 x 8
Bench Press- 3 x 8
Chin Ups- 3 x 8
Deadlift- 3 x 8
Dumbbell Military Press - 3 x 8
Reverse Curls 3 x max
Stiff-legged Deadlift: 3 x 8
Dips- 3 x 8
Bent over rowing
Dumbell Shoulder press
Ab Crunches 3 x max
I workout three times a week, following pattern A-B-A, then B-A-B and so on. I do CV work (mostly HIIT) 2 days a week!
My target goal is 12st. So here are the questions I have:
1) On my previous routine, I was a lot of 5 x 5. Should I keep doing that for a bulk,(coz Ive heard its better) or try 3 x 8 instead?
2) Should I cut the current puppy fat I have before continuing my bulk, or keep bulking regardless?
3) Is it counter-productive to put in CV work during workout days? If so, what are the best ways to warm up (other than stretching?)