looking to develop definition/ "cut" vs. mass

Discussion in 'Basic Training Principles and Methods' started by slateef, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. slateef

    slateef New Member

    i've been using HST principles for a couple of months...

    i've seen development of mass, but too be honest, i'd rather have the "cut" look, if you know what i mean...i'd rather have excellent muscle definition, rather than just look "big".

    should i be using a different set of principles? maybe do more reps/sets with lower weight?

    any advice would be much appreciated!

  2. Totentanz

    Totentanz Super Moderator Staff Member

    Just don't eat as much. I would eat at maintenance or perhaps very slightly above.
  3. colby2152

    colby2152 New Member

    and make sure you're doing cardio
  4. Tcup

    Tcup New Member

    Just remember that you cant have both..if you want to look cut you cannot gain more muscle mass when cutting and when gaining mass you will get also some fat :confused:
  5. Chthonian

    Chthonian New Member

    Tcup, that's wrong, so stop spreading fallacies.

    You can get bigger while losing fat, it's just a much slower procress. You need to be eating slightly over maintenance. The gains will come slowly, and you will recomposition your body over the course of time. Eating less overall carbs than anything else is usually advised for this.
  6. Tcup

    Tcup New Member

    How many of us can really adjust the balance that you gain muscles without putting any fat efficiently?

    I was right but if you want split hairs so be it..i`d rather gain more fat for a half year with good gains than try to count each gram and gain the same amount of muscle in 2 years ;)
  7. Chthonian

    Chthonian New Member

    In terms of a health perspective, yo-yo dieting can be detrimental. I was simply pointing out it's possible to do both. I never said I advised it. [​IMG]

    I'm in agreement with you, especially if someone is looking to add ~40 lbs. to their frame - they'd be better suited by bulking on a solid program for a short time, cutting down, and then tweaking or specializing with a caloric level slightly above maintenance.

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