[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
I have been doing SS and bulking for some weeks.[/quote]
A few weeks is nothing, especially with Starting Strength, where it can take a little time to get your technique down and get the ball really moving with steady progress week after week and month after month.
[quote]Here are some pics or my current body:
As you can see, I have little muscle mass and quite a lot of bodyfat.[/quote]
I don’t see “quite a lot” of bodyfat in those pics. Not at all. You’re in a fine spot to build on. Hard training, smart eating, and consistency will lead you in the best direction.
By “the start of next year”, do you mean January? Bulking for 3 and a half months isn’t much time at all, all things considered.
I’d set some long-term goals, like a year or longer, for bodyweight and/or strength markers you want to hit, and then work back breaking those down into short and mid-term goals.
Follow Starting Strength exactly as it’s written, and follow basic smart nutrition. That’s does not necessarily mean a gallon of milk a day. Stick with 3 meals every single day (weekends too), and as Rippetoe himself has recommended: “Lots of protein, vegetables, fruits, and clean carbs. No effort should be made to lower dietary fat whatsoever, but watch the crappy carbs and sugar.”
(I’d watch the junk food, but you don’t necessarily have to avoid soda and pizza as if you were getting ready for a contest. A little common sense will go a very long way.)[/quote]
Thanks for the info. I have actually been bulking since the start of summer. I did SL5x5 but my progress was mediocre because of some mistakes such as not pushing myself and slacking off. I have been doing squats, deadlifts and bench presses for a few months actually and I have gotten the form down with some mistakes that I am trying to fix. It’s hard to fix form while being pressured by the program to increase weights
I will keep the advice in mind. I just feel like I want to cut pretty soon. At the latest in mid spring, but would like to do so earlier if possible, since my a lot of the weight I have gained hasn’t seemed to go muscle, more to my gut and chest which can be seen through a shirt sometimes.
I’ve also read that cutting down to lower bodyfat will increase testosterone which will help with muscle building. What bodyfat% would you say I am at?