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    Recomping

    Now that I've been an "in shape" (as in relatively lean) person for about a year or so, I've grown tired of bulk/cut cycles. Looking best naked at the end of a cut, looking best in clothes at then end of a bulk. For the past month or so, I've just been eating to more or less maintain weight and, above all else, get stronger. I'm in the low 190's currently and somewhere in the mid teens.

    I'm more or less happy with the way I look; clothes fit right, I look better than most at the beach. I'm just figuring that strength to bodyweight is a better indicator for how one looks than bodyfat %.


    Does this approach sound like a waste of time? The general plan currently is to work up to benching 1.5 bodyweight (which would be ~250lbs in the 5 rep range) while maintaining the same size. I feel like I can do this in 3-6 months if I'm not wasting time getting uber lean in the process.
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    Sounds like a plan to me. I also am not doing anymore cut cycles except one day a week at a 700 calorie deficit because i dont make any real muscle gains when I do. So my plan is to stay the same weight but keep increasing muscle mass and do this over the course of years and get rid of my fat that way.
    Why do I do this weightlifting thing for the last 30 years with all its ups and downs life has handed me? Because each time I came back stronger. NEVER GIVE UP. Gym life is about more than muscles getting bigger and weights going up. Its wisdom discipline dedication humility you name it.
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    Routine is

    Monday Chest/Shoulders (flat barbell bench, Incline Machine Press, Machine Shoulder Press, Machine Flyes)

    Wednesday Back (Chins/lat pulldowns/seated row machine/barbell curls)

    Friday Full Body (Flat Bench, Lat Pulldowns, Squats, Deadlifts, bodyweight dips)


    I'm meticulous with Bench Press and chins (as in I keep track of weights lifted and reps) everything else I kind of wing it.
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    Originally Posted by stingray72 View Post
    Sounds like a plan to me. I also am not doing anymore cut cycles except one day a week at a 700 calorie deficit because i dont make any real muscle gains when I do. So my plan is to stay the same weight but keep increasing muscle mass and do this over the course of years and get rid of my fat that way.
    Your Strength to Weight Goal would be a decent indicator of Body Composition, but just remember that there are those that are very lean and not very big, but very strong. Also those that are not very lean and very big, but very strong. So ultimately strength is not the perfect indicator of your body composition. Best Wishes!
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    Originally Posted by 970Muscle View Post
    Your Strength to Weight Goal would be a decent indicator of Body Composition, but just remember that there are those that are very lean and not very big, but very strong. Also those that are not very lean and very big, but very strong. So ultimately strength is not the perfect indicator of your body composition. Best Wishes!
    Agreed--I keep a close watch on my delt vein/bicep veins for that very reason. That's always been a better indicator for me than scale weight.


    I live in New York, so I get a lot of cardio (lots of walking) just by going about my business day to day. There are lots of great places to run where I live in brooklyn, so will reintroduce actual "I'm exercising!" cardio when the weather gets a little warmer. I eat ~3000 Calories a day.
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    Your young yet so training chest three times a week may work for you but for me I find that two times a week is optimal (actually every 4 days). My maintenance is typically 2500 calories. I do cardio every day.
    Why do I do this weightlifting thing for the last 30 years with all its ups and downs life has handed me? Because each time I came back stronger. NEVER GIVE UP. Gym life is about more than muscles getting bigger and weights going up. Its wisdom discipline dedication humility you name it.
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    Originally Posted by stingray72 View Post
    Your young yet so training chest three times a week may work for you but for me I find that two times a week is optimal (actually every 4 days). My maintenance is typically 2500 calories. I do cardio every day.
    I only do chest twice a week. Anymore than that and I don't seem to progress.
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    Good its better on your joints that way anyway.
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    This....this is what I've been doing for about 4 months now, and I've been seeing some nice change in body comp, while my lifts haven't gone up much my definition and vascularity has jumped so much...I did a hard cut while not really knowing what I was doing and I've just about hit the weight I want, I don't care how long it takes I'd rather look good all year long than cut/bulk all the time.
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    Yeah couple that with leangains & carb cycling and you'll definitely get results doing a recomp.
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