I've been working out since Jan 2012... so it's almost been a year. However for the first 8 months I was doing random cardio and isolation workouts... which helped somewhat since I was out of shape but not that much. After joining these forums and putting in some research I finally started doing compound exercises (squats, dead lifts, bench, bent over rows, etc) and following a clean diet.
Right now I'm following All Pro's Simple Beginner's Routine, I'm 8 weeks into it.
I'm currently 5'8", 162 lbs at 16%-18% body fat (maybe less now to be honest). I can see my frame developing but I'm still not anywhere near where I want to be.
My questions are:
1) Do you recommend that I should be cutting or bulking? I am cutting at the moment because I'm seeing more changes that way (facial aesthetics increasing, jaw line showing, muscle definition forming) so I figured I should continue cutting for the next few months, at least until I'm at a desirable 9-11% bf. What would you do?
2) Should I be taking creatine? I'm taking creatine right now to help me increase my strength. Should I be even taking it while cutting though? Because I'm at a calorie deficit diet and if I'm not building muscle is it counterproductive to take creatine?
3) While on creatine, should I be taking it EVERYDAY? Like even during my off days? I'm going on vacation this weekend and I won't be in the gym for the next 3 days, should I still take my daily dose of creatine?
4) Is All Pro's Simple Beginner's Routine a good routine for a cutting phase? Like I said I recently started doing squats, deadlifts, etc so I want to continue to strengthen my cores. However if I'm not eating enough calories to build muscle, will this workout be any good?
FYI, my routine (all pro's simple beginners, the lbs represent the weight of the plates on one side of the bar). Yea I'm not that strong...
MWF: (reps increase by 1 every week)
Squats 15lbs x8, 25lbs x8, 55lbs x8, 55lbs x8
Overhead Barbell Presses 5lbs x8, 5lbs x8, 17.5lbs x8, 17.5lbs x8
Barbell Curls 5lbs x8, 7.5lbs x8, 17.5lbs x8, 17.5lbs x8
Bent-Over Rows 10lbs x8, 25lbs x8, 45 lbs x8, 45lbs x8
Stiff-Legged Deadlifts 15lbs x8, 35lbs x8, 70lbs x8, 70lbs x8
Bench Press 10lbs x8, 20lbs x8, 45lbs x8, 45lbs x8
Calf Raises 45lbs x8, 90lbs x8, 280lbs xfail, 280lbs xfail
15 min cardio
Dips - 4 sets
Abs Workout - multiple sets til failure
Pull-ups - 4 sets
Will rep anyone who helps with the measly greens I have. Thank you