My training background is as follows. I started fooling around in the gym when I was 18 and didn’t really grow, I just got a lot leaner and stayed around 160lbs. Then, I found rippetoes starting strength about a year ago and did that for about 5 months. When I stopped rippetoes my bench was 170, my squat 200 and my deadlift was 350(I know, sad lifts).
While doing rippetoes I ate like a horse. I did GOMAD, ate at Wendy’s every day, and went up to 190lbs. While I was initially happy with the weight/strength gain, I gained a lot of fat and my glutes got way too big. I’m not exagerating when I say that. I have a 30 inch waist and I was having trouble fitting into 36 inch pants because of my ass.
Seriously, nothing fit. I stopped training legs as a result and stopped going to the gym shortly there after due to financial issues. For the last 6 months, I’ve basically been doing body weight circuits(pull-ups, handstand pushups,etc…) and a lot of sprinting at the beach. So I’m pretty fit and lean, but obviously underweight for my height.
I’m going to starting going to a gym again next month and I really want to get stronger and bigger, but after what happened with rippetoes, I’m pretty petrified about doing squats and deadlifts. I’m not sure if my glutes/thighs hypertrophied a lot or I just stored a lot of fat there, but needless to say I don’t want it to happen again. I’ve got my glutes down to a normal size and I dont want them to grow any more.
I would feel bad not training my legs as I love deadlifting, so I was thinking I would start doing leg exercises again with a very low volume. I would appreciate any advice.