Hi, new here looking for guidance.
Stats: 5ft 11, 166lb. Around 17-20% bf (not sure may post pics)
Started bulking around November last year. I jumped right into Lyle Mcdonalds generic bulk routine and did that for about 4 months. I gained about 8lb in that time.
I was then advised to do a 5x5/3x5 based routine to get my lifts up. Because it will take long to gain mass if i cant lift much weight. So i jumped into ICF 5x5 and have been doing that ever since. (3 months).
My current lifts are:
Deadlift: 242lb 1x5. I feel i could add 5-10lb per workout on these for a while
Bench press: 165lb 5x5
BB row: 149lb 5x5
Overheard BB press: 110lb 3x5, 2x3
Squat: 187lb 5x5
I'm not enjoying the program really, due to the lack of energy i get towards the end of the routine. Doing 5x5 on squats alone can take 20 minutes, followed by bench press and rows which both take about the same time. Then as ICF 5x5 routine says, i do shrugs for 3x8, good mornings, biceps, triceps and abs. The whole session can be from 1:30-2 hours. It isnt fun.
My one and only goal is to build muscle and in the next year or so, i want to be 8-12bf% with more mass than i do now.
I am only doing 5x5 because i was told that you need to lift heavy to benefit from a hypertrophy routine. You never see a jacked guy benching 165lb for example, or squatting 190lb.
I'm also unsure if i should cut right now, based on my stats.
Long thread, but any guidance would be appreciated thank you