I'm currently doing a slow/clean bulk. Started at 68kg and now up to 73kg. Its been about 6 weeks and started around 12% fat and now up to 15%. I have been doing 5x5 training, do you guys reckon the weight gain is too slow? I don't really want to 'bulk' then 'cut' want to clean bulk then do a little cutting. Goal weight is 85kg and I have a few questions:
- How long will it take to get there? I will probably have to overshoot to 87kg then cut back a few kg?
- What is the best method to cut? HIIT e.g. Tabata front squat? How many times a week?
- How long will it take?
- Will 5x5 training help me gain the weight (provided I eat enough i.e. 500 calorie excess ATM for slow bulk) ... weight gain seems to have stagnated despite increasing lifts and still in calorific excess.
- Wondering if its due to strength gains via CNS adaptation rather than myofibrillar hypertrophy? How can I change this? I take 1-2 mins break between sets.
NOTE: I am not bothered about size gains at all. Size is just a bonus for me. I don't really want to do high rep work like 3x8 etc. More interested in raw strength (5 reps and less) and also increasing bodyweight (to about 85kg) but at the same time I don't want to get a pot belly in the process! I know its multiple goals and targets etc but I just want experience and opinions of you guys. Especially those who have done 5x5.
Also, current stats (still increasing steadily):
Barbell Row: 80kg