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    Starting Strength 5x5 or ICF for a beginner

    I currently am 19, 6’1, about 185 lbs. Just a year ago, I was skinny fat just under 140 lbs. The new weight came from eating more quality meals, however without a gym or equipment the fat packed on. I did body weight here and there, and can tell I have gained more muscle but it’s dwarfed by the fat.

    Face fat, moobs, love handles etc. I got the works. My current goal is to shred down to 160 at a lean physique. I set this goal to before the ending of May and will eat at a deficit to trigger the weight loss.

    So, of these two lifting programs which should I follow? Which would help me the best towards my goal?

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    I don't like either. Icf too much volume for a beginner and starting strength is made by a fat bloke who talks about drinking a gallon of milk to make gains. Out of the 2 I would pick starting strength because atleast it will teach you the basic compound lifts but don't expect to keep up with the progression while cutting. I don't folow a specific routine but the one I would suggest is fierce 5 on this site
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    Originally Posted by safcpaul View Post
    I don't like either. Icf too much volume for a beginner and starting strength is made by a fat bloke who talks about drinking a gallon of milk to make gains. Out of the 2 I would pick starting strength because atleast it will teach you the basic compound lifts but don't expect to keep up with the progression while cutting. I don't folow a specific routine but the one I would suggest is fierce 5 on this site
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    Def don't do either of those on a cut.
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    Linear progression will be impossible to sustain on a cut.

    What are your current lifts? If you don't know or haven't done them, I'd just do the major compounds and a few isolations to learn them: figuring out how to do them would be a prerequisite to a program, anyway.
    Bench: 320
    Squat: 375
    Deadlift: 495

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