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Where should I start

Hey guys,

I am new around here as far as posting but have been reading for about a year now.

I was hoping to get a bit of advice from you all.

I will give you a quick background so you can give a better answer to my question.

I started lifting seriously at 17 in high school. Stayed with it for 2 years solid got a really good amount of results, and then I moved and fell out of the loop with what all that brought about. I have recently got back into it and now that my muscles remember what its like to be used I am looking for a solid program.

My overall goal is to put on size and to slim down. I lack the most discipline in dieting, but I am cutting down slowly. By the way, I am 5’11 235. My upper body is thick I hold all of my weight in my stomach. My legs are very lean and like I said I have a fair amount of mass on me.

I know that its hard to say anything without pictures, but I was wondering since I do have a good amount of background and since I have never been lean…is that where I should start at?

Part of me wants to cut down to see what I am working with…the other part is telling me I already am carrying the extra bodyfat, and I should just bulk up.

For anyone who has been where I am…I am sure most of you have…I would really appreciate your insight as I know most of you carry a great deal of knowledge on the subject.

If there are any details I have missed about myself then let me know and I can try to paint a better picture.

Like I said my goal is to just look better. Lose the love handles and put on some solid lean mass. I am not out to look like a Mens Health model within a year or something like that. I know that this stuff takes time.

Thank you…sorry to draw it out so much…

-Chet

[quote]Qball26 wrote:
My overall goal is to put on size and to slim down. I lack the most discipline in dieting, but I am cutting down slowly. By the way, I am 5’11 235. My upper body is thick I hold all of my weight in my stomach. My legs are very lean and like I said I have a fair amount of mass on me.
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Chet,

Do you know what your current percent of bodyfat is?

Well the count I got from the Army recruiting office was 27%. Now I have no problem admitting that I am not near as lean as I could be…but not even those guys bought that number. I would probably say around 20 or 21%. I don’t have a protruding gut or anything that size. I wear a 38 size jeans that are loose and I have a 18 inch neck if any of that helps. I went to the gym today for my leg routine and I am leaning toward doing a bulk phase since I am just getting back into it and then see about cutting.

Last night I printed out the Meltdown write up. For bulking what would be the best way to go??

Any info would be great.

Thanks

-Chet