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    am I a novice or intermediate?

    ok so a bit of background:

    I am 30 years old about 5ft 11. I have been lifting for 5 years or so but only correctly and properly in the last 2 years. (My form was off, doing rubbish workouts, diet crap etc etc) last year I hit 88kg bodyweight at about 24% BF (my diet was pants so I put on a lot of fat, I also started out about 13%) however my bench was 100kg for 12 reps, squats about 110kg for 12 rep and DL 160 kg for 6.

    I have now cut down to 10% BF at 70kg with a sacrifice in strength, I now bench 90KG for 6 and squats are 100kg for 6 although the loss on squats was mostly due to correcting my form as it was pants before and I hurt my back. I also think it is because I went from the Viking workout pinned here to the fierce 5 intermediate routine (something that perhaps I shouldn't have done).

    I now plan to bulk (correctly this time) and I will be going back to the Viking 3 day work out (the full body one) as I felt that this pushed me to a good level however my question is, would I be classified as a beginner or intermediate weightlifter and would the Viking workout be too much for me to recover? I also plan to gain about 500-750g a month with a 300Kcal surplus, does this sound about right?
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    The real measure is can you make progress from week to week - if yes, then still in the novice range.

    If no (assuming you are doing everything correctly) the perhaps you are 'intermediate'

    Novice/intermediate are rather crude measures. In reality, we improve continuously along a curve. Your next routine should have a little more total weekly volume per bodypart and maybe a slightly reduced rate of progression. It may not be the best idea to keep repeating programs you've done before (unmodified) because then the volume is the same.
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    those are still pretty beginner lifts. If you are truly 10% BF you are getting close to being shredded. I would guess this is not the case. You need to eat more and put on more muscle mass. 154 pounds at 5'11 is real skinny.
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    Originally Posted by DCSpartan View Post
    those are still pretty beginner lifts. If you are truly 10% BF you are getting close to being shredded. I would guess this is not the case. You need to eat more and put on more muscle mass. 154 pounds at 5'11 is real skinny.
    I agree here. 154 is skinny for your height. I’m 5’8” 170 decently lean and still look a bit skinny lol
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    Originally Posted by George2100 View Post
    I agree here. 154 is skinny for your height. I’m 5’8” 170 decently lean and still look a bit skinny lol
    Yes, on my last bulk I put on a lot of fat so now I have trimmed that fat I'm bulking but correctly this time (sticking to macros)
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