Man, I personally would not recommend lifting on a calorie deficit at 160 lbs and given your goals. You need to build muscle and you need to feed your body so it can become better. Just eat a well balanced diet consisting of mainly whole foods so you can perform well.
If you eat well, get stronger, build muscle, train to be athletic… you will look good. If you wanted to add some conditioning type work to help with body composition or to help keep your metabolism burning-- that would be a great idea… but I really wouldn’t go into a calorie deficit. If anything, I would recommend eating in a slight calorie surplus. If you wanted to do conditioning I am a big fan of hill sprints, just sprinting in general (40meters to 400 meters), and the like. I sprint myself whenever I want to look better and honestly just feel better, I do them 2-3 times per week. If you like to run distance, fuck it, go run distance. One of the guys I train with benches 330 at 165 pounds and runs 5 miles 4 days a week.
Now this is all strictly my opinion, and you are free to do what you want. Everybody has their own thing of course. Unless you are 20%+ body fat or a competitor in something,-- I think most people will tell you the same thing. Everybody is different of course-- that is just my two cents.
For the next year, I think you should: Get strong, build muscle, do conditioning if needed, don’t eat crap but eat very well-- reevaluate in 2016. Keep it simple man.[/quote]
Sounds good man! I REALLY do appreciate all the advice. I’m gonna basically eat VERY healthy (I don’t mind eating a lot), lift hard, and keep up with the conditioning. My conditioning SUCKS so I’ll definitely do that in my off days. I’m excited to get this next whole year going. I won’t switch anything up. Once I stall 3x on a lift, I’ll deload and build back up, but if I’m still stuck, I’ll drop the 5x5 to a 3x5 to keep gains going.
Once again man, thanks for the help. I just needed one person to help me get my head on straight. You know there SO much information online and this past 1.5 years I know I wasted how I should be attacking the workouts, but through that I got a better understanding of what I was looking for and how my body responds to things. So now I’m ready to get this crackin. I know if I stick to this workout and do what you said, my body will look 100% different 1 year from now. Shit it’ll probably look super different 3 months from now lol. Thanks again brotha, I’ll start a log soon online so others can see what I’m doing too!