Been in a deficit most of 2017 starting weight 105kg now around 91-92kg. Lifts have progressed superbly throughout the year, volume and load increased so well. Lower body is still going well, upper starting to get a bit more challenging. Current split Lower,Upper,Shoulders/arms, Lower,Upper.
Best thing has been a real recomp from a higher body fat starting point i think this has definately allowed me to build some tissue alongside fat loss. Gonna keep pushing bf down before transitioning into off season.
Hardest part for me is trying to tell myself what point i should start gaining, lean enough is a hard thing to be subjective about when your constantly checking the mirror.
Sitting at 96.5kg now 4 months gained 4-5kg. Currently holding some more bf. but some progress in these poor quality shots. Looking to mini cut hard in January.
Hi Connor, I think you can post a pic to get some feedback, at least that's what I did back then coming from a similar situation, I had lost like 11 kgs and still wasn't sure about what to do.
I agree with all being said though, you should be able to see your abs, back should be lean, etc. considering genetics plays a huge role here because we store fat in different places and we get it off at different tims/bf%. For me I know when I start seeing striation in my pecs and veins on my abs I'm lean enough to do a successfull lean phase, but if I looked at my legs I would have start massing 2-3 months earlier for instance, so I would take note of these things to be able to better assess what's a proper starting point and also ending point in terms of "getting too fat" before cutting.
Monday to Friday two days off per week. Yeah think a physique pic would be good to get opinions from everyone. Current macros 2600 calories, 200P, 320C, 60F
Agree with the above, maybe share progress pic with someone to get a second opnion on how lean you look also, and lifts are still going up as you said so no worries keep it up 👍
Totally agree, AJ has a great video on that exact topic
Overall, lean enough should be IN MY OPINION visible abs, few quad lines here and there, good vascularity during your sessions (will vary most person to person, lots of genetics involved in vascularity), and maybe when you feel able to take re-feeds now and then and reap their benefits (improved training performance, perhaps fuller and leaner look, as well as increased appetite the following day).
Hope this helps.
PS - Do you run your split 5 days, then rest 2 consecutive, or take 1 day off and start over, as in a rotation?