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    Stronglifts 5x5 progress pics (3 months)

    Hi guys,

    I've been on Stronglifts for 3 months now and plan to stay on it for many more months (or when I cannot squeeze any more out of the program).
    Coming from minimal weightlifting backround before this, I have really enjoyed stronglifts so far and love its use of the 'big 3' and its overall simplicity.

    I decided to go on a lean bulk during the past 3 months, and have gained approx 0.6lb/week.

    Starting weight: 164lb (3 months ago)
    Current weight: 171lb

    My lifts
    Squat: 20kg ----------> 82.5kg
    Deadlift: 40kg ----------> 110kg
    Bench: 20kg ----------> 55kg
    Barbell Row: 20kg --------- 55kg
    Overhead Press: 20kg ----------> 42.5kg

    My upper body has always been weak, and my Bench has got much more developing to go. But I'm happy with my squat and deadlift progression.

    I have attached a couple of before and after pics.

    How would you rate my mass gains so far?
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    Originally Posted by gggjones View Post
    Hi guys,

    I've been on Stronglifts for 3 months now and plan to stay on it for many more months (or when I cannot squeeze any more out of the program).
    Coming from minimal weightlifting backround before this, I have really enjoyed stronglifts so far and love its use of the 'big 3' and its overall simplicity.

    I decided to go on a lean bulk during the past 3 months, and have gained approx 0.6lb/week.

    Starting weight: 164lb (3 months ago)
    Current weight: 171lb

    My lifts
    Squat: 20kg ----------> 82.5kg
    Deadlift: 40kg ----------> 110kg
    Bench: 20kg ----------> 55kg
    Barbell Row: 20kg --------- 55kg
    Overhead Press: 20kg ----------> 42.5kg

    My upper body has always been weak, and my Bench has got much more developing to go. But I'm happy with my squat and deadlift progression.

    I have attached a couple of before and after pics.

    How would you rate my mass gains so far?
    Tbh I can’t see much of a difference
    But it’s only been 3 months
    I know you’re working hard cause your lifts have increased

    Good luck in the long run
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    Keep in mind that your body isnt gonna transform that drastically as a beginner, despite what the industry tries to tell you. It actually takes years of consistently in training and nutrition unless running gear.

    However your lifts are going up and you're slow bulking so you're doing it right thus far
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    Thank for the input guys. My ideal goal would be to lean bulk indefinitely and not gain much fat at all, but I realise this isn't that possible
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    hard to tell, you have drastically different lighting and distance

    it would probably be more helpful if you took measurements or at least replicate the conditions each of these pictures were taken. Plus 7 lbs probably isn't enough to see a discernible difference.

    But all of your lifts have increased so you seem to be on the right track
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    You're on the right track buddy. Keep bulking slowly and adding weight to the bar and deload when the program says to.

    Where some trainees go wrong is they stop gaining weight because their maintenance has increased and subsequently they stall on their lifts. You're pretty skinny so you have a long runway to add weight to your frame until you need a cut. Great progress so far.

    And post form videos if you're not sure.

    Doing half rep bench, squats, or overhead pressed won't help you in the long run but it might help you feel strong in the short term. Patience is key in this hobby. It takes a long time to build a good physique.
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    When will I 'know' to stop bulking and go on a cut?

    In my head I'm thinking of going on a cut when I reach 13st (182lb). So that would allow another ~10lb to bulk.

    Or do you think I'd be worthwhile bulking to almost 190lb before thinking of cutting?

    I know it's dependent on the trainees preference - but what would you do in my boots?
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    Originally Posted by gggjones View Post
    When will I 'know' to stop bulking and go on a cut?

    In my head I'm thinking of going on a cut when I reach 13st (182lb). So that would allow another ~10lb to bulk.

    Or do you think I'd be worthwhile bulking to almost 190lb before thinking of cutting?

    I know it's dependent on the trainees preference - but what would you do in my boots?
    There's so many answers.

    1) when you don't like the way you look anymore
    2) when your clothes don't fit
    3) once you hit some arbitrary weight goal
    4) depends how tall you are
    5) when the extra weight is making you unhealthy cholesterol or blood pressure wise
    6) when you feel like it
    7) when your girlfriend tells you to.
    8) when it's 3 months from summer or you have some kind of vacation you want to look good at.

    I could go on but you get my point

    What would I do in your positon? I would bulk until 180 and then reevaluate at that point. This all depending on your height though. If you're like 5'6 then you're going to look hella fat at 190
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    Originally Posted by gggjones View Post
    When will I 'know' to stop bulking and go on a cut?
    When you can't see your feet without leaning forward?

    You have awhile at any rate.
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    Originally Posted by gggjones View Post
    When will I 'know' to stop bulking and go on a cut?

    In my head I'm thinking of going on a cut when I reach 13st (182lb). So that would allow another ~10lb to bulk.

    Or do you think I'd be worthwhile bulking to almost 190lb before thinking of cutting?

    I know it's dependent on the trainees preference - but what would you do in my boots?
    Probably sometime in your 40s. Unless you get really good at bulking, then maybe mid-late 30s. But of course, it's all trumped by your last sentence.
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