This is my feel every year.
Any tips on evening out?
Yeah. With classes/job only time I can go is after 5, and it is packed.
Looking for some feedback. Nothing big compared to most of you but this was PR for me.
190lb x 5 (2nd set out of 3)Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Looks like your doing high bar judging by the bar position and initiating the squat by bending at the knees. When doing high bar, you want to have your torso very upright and you're starting to tilt forward by the last reps. Your ankle dorsiflexion looks pretty good but for a high bar squat you want an even more upright torso. I'd invest in a pair of heeled lifting shoes if I were you. They will def help you out.
For looks solid otherwise. Good control.
50 pounds? What the....
What are you weighing now and how tall are you?
You realize that 50 pounds is 1 pound a week for a full year? I would not aim to lose more than 1-1.5 pound a week on a cut and to do that for a full year? My guess is that your calories will be very low by the end to sustain that weight loss and your strength levels will also be down by then. If I had 50 pounds to lose I'd def brake that up into segments but then it s gonna take even longer time.
If you're legit fat, you could def lose more than 1 pound a week but my impression is that your just carrying a bit too much fat around your waistline due to prolonged bulking.
Could also be:
- Bad sleep
- Just generally higher stress every day
- Being burnt out from pushing the intensity for too long - I've had this happen. I was simply working too close to failure and my max all the time. deload and work back up. first weeks should be very easy to let you recover and get that supercompensation "slingshot" effect of strength. if you take a lot of weight of the bar, you could maybe push the volume a bit and then taper the volume as you approach your previous best. The increased volume at lighter weights would lead to more reps with good technique possibly improving you technique while still being enough workload to lead to some hypertrophy.
I'm not surprised you get burned out sometimes since it sounds like you're working out 2.5 hours pretty regularly. Sometimes if I'm feeling like shit I'll just get in there, do the two compound lifts for the day (so squat and press or whatever), and leave.
Yeah, but I'm only lift 3 days a week now and have have no time to do any cardio or the like. I'm inactive outside of lifting and don't have any really stressful things going on outside of school. But yeah, I've noticed I need to get more sleep nowadays. It would be a lot more taxing to lift like I do if I would still be living like I did when I was 15-18.
Some people certainly do have a harder time putting on mass due to genetics, but its still not hard to eat. What's your calorie goal for the day? Anything under 4000 is not hard at all and I doubt you need more than that. If you split it up over the day and don't eat a ton of filling stuff, its not hard to get 4000 down. Carbs are probably the easiest to overeat too. I eat 600g or more on my lifting days, a full pound of white rice (uncooked weight) post workout split in two meals.
On paper, its a good plan to bulk up once, cut and then "lean gain" from there. I don't know if its very good in reality though. 245 would be pretty fat on your frame if I remember your height correctly. I just think think there's a big risk the health goes downhill at the end of that kind of bulk and that you pile on a bunch of unnecessary fat, point of diminishing returns you know. Also believe there's a big risk that you resort to shitty fast food when you're at 225+ and trying to gain weight if you're not used to eating that much.