Thanx for all the honesty guys. I sincerely appreciate the honest advice, it means a lot more coming from serious weightlifters than from some of my 5'9 112 lb friends or a family member who 'tones'. I don't mind having a little belly in the off-season, I just don't think its good to be fat.
I measured all my major bodyparts. My waist is actually 37", not 38", but I know that makes very little difference. My chest is 42", not particularly big in comparison to my waist. My arms are 15", and my legs 25". I have very slight abdominal definition, pretty much the same as Dave Tate looks now. I carry the bulk of my fat around the waist, as I still have comparatively deep seperations between my bicep and shoulder, very well defined legs (the quads are easily distinguished from the inside of the leg), and a pretty impressive back, as it is the main muscle group I work. I think if I just lost 10 lbs and went down to 185ish I would like much better.
I think I have gained a combination of fat and muscle, as people that know I lift now ask me how much I can squat and estimate my caloric intake to be around 4,000 calories a day. So I think that means they think I'm really strong but put on a little gut to complement it. Some other people (my drinking buddies) tell me I look like I have had a few too many beers and some other peopel tell me I look bigger and that I have been working out. I have a general outline on the upper abs, much like Tate does in his recent pics, with an indation visible between the two upper abdominals. I honestlythink I am about 12-15% bodyfat. However, what bothers me most is when I sit down and lean to one side it looks like I have fat rolls, which gets me fucking pissed off as a former fat boy.
I want to maintain this weight while shifting the composition to more muscle as opposed to fat. Would this be possible with a slightly modified Westside template with added conditioning work? However, this is complicated by the fact that I have a case of Ashgood-Schlatters that doesn't seem to go away, and everytime I get myself up to the track my knees start to feel like shit as I start to jog. So running is not an option for the condition work. I will go for sandbag exercises, bodyweight stuff, and jump rope instead. I might try sandbag carries up a hill or sprints on it as well, as I hear they spare the knees. O-Lift EDT's will be implemented as part of my cardio as well. In addition, to watching my diet, of course. I was thinking of a cardio split along the lines of Monday-'Light' Clean & Press EDT Tuesday-Sprints up a hill Thursday-Bodyweight circuit stuff Friday-Sandbag/Strongman conditioning (carries, loading, etc.)
I have a glass of very high-sugar iced tea routinely with breakfeast, which I think is promoting this big feeding to turn to fat. I have sugared drinks a lot with big meals, which is probably the main culprit, as insulin can cause a nutritent-rich feeding to become prone to storage as fat (except post-workout). By cutting out the sugared drinks, I hopefully will be able to lose some bodyfat just with this. In addition, I will be more select about what school lunches I buy. The school lunches at my school are tiny (an example is five mozzarella sticks or one burrito), so I buy a grilled cheese (no meat) and two lunches or a roast beef & american cheese wrap and one hot lunch. However, sometimes the school lunch is healthy (chicken breast or a beef burrito) and sometimes it is shit (kentucky fried chicken or fried mozzarella sticks), so I will stop depending on that and bring a back-up lunch in case the school lunch is unhealthy shist. My changes to the diet will be cutting out the sugared drinks (except Wednesday's, as I have a Subway ritual with some of my bros and Saturday or Friday is drinking night), and eating healthier overall. I think cutting the sugar from the big meals will make a big difference.
Thanx in advances for the new reponses guys.