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    Slow bulk or cut?

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    I am looking for some advice on whether to slow bulk or cut? I have added un-flexed photos of my front, side and back in my gallery.
    Currently I got back to the gym a few weeks ago after nearly 5 months of closure due to lockdown. In that time I was restricted to a gym bench, some dumbbells and body weight exercises.

    My current stats are 5'9 and currently weigh 161lbs. I estimate my bodyfat to be 18-20% in my gallery photos and possibly come under the "skinny fat" category.

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    In the long run you'll need both - but more total time spent muscle gaining. So if in doubt, do that next.

    Remember that you don't have to be in a surplus as long as you can keep progressive overload going. Only use increases in calories to try to overcome sticking points.
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    In the long run you'll need both - but more total time spent muscle gaining. So if in doubt, do that next.

    Remember that you don't have to be in a surplus as long as you can keep progressive overload going. Only use increases in calories to try to overcome sticking points.
    Thanks for the input. It is possible to build muscle in a calorie deficit if progressive overload is being maintained?
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    Originally Posted by pj112 View Post
    Thanks for the input. It is possible to build muscle in a calorie deficit if progressive overload is being maintained?
    Yes

    Be careful though because strength can improve in the short term without new tissue being created. So if you get a jump in performance but then it levels out or even drops back, it was probably not due to new tissue. Neural efficiency is faster to improve - and it also drops off faster.

    Hypertrophy affects strength over a longer time course.
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