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    Question Start a bulk or a cut?

    Hi guys I’m looking for some advice, I have around 8 months of gym experience however not consistent I want to just improve my overall health and physical appearance what approach would be optimal for me at my current stage? (I’m also 18, 5ft 9” and 175lbs if that help I’ve recently moved out so I have full control over my diet.) Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I have photos of myself on my profile unflexed.
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    Need to gain muscle before a cut is going to show definition.

    You may not need to "bulk" - try making progress in the gym while eating at maintenance. Use increases in calories to keep progress moving if it stalls.
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    Need to gain muscle before a cut is going to show definition.

    You may not need to "bulk" - try making progress in the gym while eating at maintenance. Use increases in calories to keep progress moving if it stalls.
    I’ve just started fierce 5 is this a good program I’m sceptical of the three days a week is that enough to actually make a significant difference in my body?
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    Yes, it is good if you are still able to make novice progression.

    What people don't realise is that it might be low on volume but the difficulty cranks up relentlessly...
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    I agree with Suffolk. It seems pretty easy at first (I am currently running it as well and pretty new to lifting) but it does get harder to keep up with the progression. I'm at the point of it now that it is difficult to add the recommended weight each week. Some lifts will obviously be easier than others to add weight to but you should/will hit a point where they all become difficult to increase.
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    Yes, it is good if you are still able to make novice progression.

    What people don't realise is that it might be low on volume but the difficulty cranks up relentlessly...
    I think I should be able to make progression as my lifts are very low
    Bench:70kg
    Deadlift: 105kg
    Squat: 70kg

    One last question is strength training/5 rep sets actually good for hyper trophy or is it just about progressive overload?
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    Look like F5 would be a good fit for at least a few months when run properly.

    Yes it is good for hypertrophy - or at least can be the right first step for many, this is discussed in detail in the "size vs. strength" sticky thread in the Workout Programs forum.

    Some people will ALWAYS do better training with intensity at lower reps - whereas some will move on to higher volume. At this stage though, I am pretty sure it's the right option for most.
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    Originally Posted by Damon628 View Post
    I’ve just started fierce 5 is this a good program I’m sceptical of the three days a week is that enough to actually make a significant difference in my body?
    Three days per week is definitely enough for beginners.

    What most people do not realize is that your body isn't "building muscle" while you are in the gym. If you are doing it right, then what is happening when you are working out is that your muscle tissue is actually being broken down/damaged to some degree.

    It is during the down time (esp. when you are asleep) that the muscle tissue is being rebuilt back up stronger. This is why the "off days" are so important especially for new lifters who otherwise tend to go overboard in the gym at first and may end up overworking themselves to the point where they make little to no progress due to failing to give themselves time to recover properly between workouts.
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