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    Question Been bulking for 5 months, should i cut or continue?

    Hi everybody, I am a 17 year old dude who started working out november 2020 as a pretty overweight and fat dude at 207lbs, 5’11”.

    Since then I have been working out consistently and I did cut at first until the summer 2021 where i weighed 158lbs and was very skinnyfat and weak and wasn’t really happy with how I looked so I started bulking, but didn’t really make any progress and I stalled on many of my lifts and really just got fat.

    I started another cut in december 2021 with a online coach, I made some decent progress with my lifts during that cut and ended up at a leaner state and i looked better than the summer of 2021 but i still wasn’t satisfied so I started a bulk on march 28th and have been bulking since then. But now I am worried I gaining to much fat and too little muscle.

    So i decided to come here for some advice.
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    My lifts have progressed like this:

    Bench: 176lbs 1RM - 205lbs 1RM
    OHP: 117lbs 1RM - 155lbs 1RM
    BB Rows: 115lbs x 8 reps - 165lbs x 10 reps

    I have unfortunately not been able to squat or deadlift because of a minor lower back injury so now i am doing hack squats instead.
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    Do you have pics? Or bodyfat percentage? Depending on how intensely you go, some say bulk at 10% BF and cut again at 15%.

    I started out at around 28% BF in April and am now down to about 15 or 16%. I'd like to get down to around 10-12% before I start bulking.

    At that point I might go as high as 20% before cutting again because I know I can get rid of it since I did before. Don't know if that helps. It's really about the level you're comfortable with, like is definition or size more important?
    Progress from February to August 2022

    1RM's @170 lbs.:
    Bench - 160 to 220
    Squat - 195 to 285
    Lat Pulldown - 195 to 275
    Overhead Press - 115 to 155
    Rack Pull - 320 to 500
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    Originally Posted by TonyM78 View Post
    Do you have pics? Or bodyfat percentage? Depending on how intensely you go, some say bulk at 10% BF and cut again at 15%.

    I started out at around 28% BF in April and am now down to about 15 or 16%. I'd like to get down to around 10-12% before I start bulking.

    At that point I might go as high as 20% before cutting again because I know I can get rid of it since I did before. Don't know if that helps. It's really about the level you're comfortable with, like is definition or size more important?
    I unfortunately couldn’t post pics in this thread because i havent posted over 50 times. But i do have some progress pics in my profile!

    I do know I can cut the bf again but I’m just worried that I haven’t built enough muscle to look good after a cut.
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    Originally Posted by Julius04 View Post
    I unfortunately couldn’t post pics in this thread because i havent posted over 50 times. But i do have some progress pics in my profile!

    I do know I can cut the bf again but I’m just worried that I haven’t built enough muscle to look good after a cut.
    You still seem pretty lean so honestly if I were you I'd probably do a slow bulk. If you start looking flabby you could do another cut. Or you could cut until it starts getting cold out and then start a bulk. That's basically what I'm doing. If you look at the progress pics in my post you can see what a difference the cut makes. Even though my muscles most likely didn't grow in that 4 months while I was cutting, they appear that way because of the increase in definition.
    Progress from February to August 2022

    1RM's @170 lbs.:
    Bench - 160 to 220
    Squat - 195 to 285
    Lat Pulldown - 195 to 275
    Overhead Press - 115 to 155
    Rack Pull - 320 to 500
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    Originally Posted by TonyM78 View Post
    You still seem pretty lean so honestly if I were you I'd probably do a slow bulk. If you start looking flabby you could do another cut. Or you could cut until it starts getting cold out and then start a bulk. That's basically what I'm doing. If you look at the progress pics in my post you can see what a difference the cut makes. Even though my muscles most likely didn't grow in that 4 months while I was cutting, they appear that way because of the increase in definition.
    I know what youre saying and I’m probably gonna keep bulking slowly a bit longer at least til I hit 225 on the bench. I cant see your pics though?
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