EDIT: Looks like I'm going on a bulk, thanks for all the replies, guys!
Will post progress pics after a few months.
based on my pictures, stats and goals, should I bulk or cut?
5'6", 110 lbs (170cm, 50kg)
age: 18 (In January)
Lifting since December 2011
My maintenance calories are about 2300. (calculated with this formula: http://pastebin.com/f2VxTu39)
Goal: aesthetics (Ottermode/Ripped/athletic mode in this picture: http://i.imgur.com/S47Hi.jpg)
I'd definitely like to get bigger, as in muscle mass, but I'd also like to have nice abs and stuff. So after a bulk I'm definitely gonna go on a cut.
I also feel like I have already at least some muscle mass, especially in my chest, but also a layer of fat over my abs. So I'm not sure whether I should do a cut or bulk. Or in which order.
If you suggest a bulk, which one? 500 calories each day, or a clean bulk with 10% to 20% each day? And how long?
If you suggest a cut, how high should the deficit be?
All are flexed and with relatively good lighting.
If I should provide anything else to help you judge, please let me know.
12-30-2012, 05:35 AM #1
Bulk or cut? (Pics, stats & goals)
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Don't forget to have 1g of protein per 1lb of body weight. If you really struggle to get it in (no idea how you struggle to get 110g of protein) then 1g of protein per lb of lean body weight.
At 110lbs I'd say eat at 3000 cals per day. Who gives a phuck about that 500 calorie chit. You're at 110lbs. Once you get at least 140 then you can start thinking about it but even at 140 I would bulk like a mad man.
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At 110 lbs unless you're a petite 15 year old girl then cutting shouldn't even be an option. What are you going to cut to?
Bulk all year long gaining 0.5-1 lb a week. Until you're at least 150 lbs or if you go over 15% bf then I would consider cutting. Trust me even at 160 lbs I feel small and we're about the same height. Don't worry about abs, they'll come in time, being skinny with abs doesn't mean a thing. Eat, train hard and looking forward for the transformation pictures.
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Definitely bulk OP. 500 calorie surplus (technically not a clean bulk because a clean bulk is 200-300 cals above maintenance), aim to gain about a lb. per week. Im 154 lbs. and everyone tells me im really skinny haha train hard and the abs will come in time. When you cut, all of your hard work will show. Judging by your pictures, your already rather lean. Good luck!Eat like an animal
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Why would you need to cut? You atleast can see the outline of your abs. I'm about 13-14% BF @ 160 lbs and not even considered fat. I'd like to see my abs, but I care about gaining mass first and so should you.
Your arms and traps look decent. But it looks like your shoulders are lagging.Current Stats:
Weight: 161 lbs
Bench: 160 x 1
Squat: 265 x 1
Deadlift: 275 x 1
Rack Pulls: 305 x 10
Rows: 145 x 6
OH Press: 105 x 2
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do a clean bulk man. and don't use online calculators for your calories. track your macros for an entire week to find your maintenance calories then add 250-500 calories to that. You need to build muscle before you cut and you do not have a lot of muscle at all. you cannot build muscle on a cut. i would take about 6 months to a year doing a clean bulk. try to stay under 15% BF IMO. i literally looked almost identical to you when i started man. if you want to build muscle and bulk though you cannot be afraid to lose abs. it is part of adding mass and u need to commit to it.
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