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    Should I bulk?

    20 year old female

    5’8 , 125lbs

    I’ve been lifting for almost 1 1/2 years. I notice a slight change in my body composition but nothing drastic as I used to be 117lbs. I haven’t been too consistent with my nutrition but I would like to go on a lean bulk and actually make some big gains. I feel like my progress sucks. My main lifts haven’t increased by much either.
    Squats: 30lb —> 70lb for 5 reps
    Deadlifts: 50lb —> 110lb for 4 reps
    Hip thrusts: 50/60lb —> 165lb for 8 reps

    Those are just a few examples. I really wanna bulk but am scared of getting fat as I don’t have much muscle to begin with
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    Obviously I haven't seen pics of you... but at 5'8" and 125, you probably don't have much fat or muscle to begin with. A cut would get you nowhere really, so if you want to change your body composition, a bulk is the way to go!

    I've done some smaller bulks, adding a pound of muscle here and there, and some serious bulks. It's taken time, but I've completely changed my body composition and my lifts.

    You will gain some fat with muscle, that's just how the game goes. There's stickies in the women's forum to get you started with the knowledge. Read those to get a start then come up with your plan!

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    ^^^^^^

    The advice above.

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    If you aim to add around 1lb a month it is very unlikely you will gain much fat. You only really need a small caloric surplus (around 200 calories would most likely be fine).

    A pic would help assess but as stated you can't have that much fat at your stats
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    Your body needs a reason to grow, and the materials to grow.

    You have talked about the materials, your diet, and that is important. But consider also the reasons for it to grow. A 70lb squat does not give your body a lot of reason to grow, a 75lb squat would give it some more, an 80lb more still and so on. And so you will need a solid plan of progression, whether it's 5lbs a session, 5lb a week, or 5lb a month is not so important as that it's a planned progression.

    For example, "if I squat this weight for 3 sets of 10, 3 sessions in a row, I will add 5lb to the bar next time." This will give your body a reason to grow.

    Progression in load is necessary for progression in size. Good luck.
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