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Old 04-07-2012, 03:51 AM   #1
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Default Bulk or Cut?

I'm 5' 7.5" 190ish lb with some obvious fat around the middle. I believe I need to cut some fat and compete in powerlifting at 181. However, many people seem to have improved dramatically by simply eating and lifting their way into a higher weight class. Surely, there is plenty of rock hard people who have simply maximized their smaller frames.

So, my question. Do you think it's better to eat your way up, or cut your way down? Are there physical/physiological things you would consider? What are they and why? Is height a factor? Bone structure? Inherent tendencies? Eating habits?, whatever?

I'm pretty sure I should cut down to my proper weight class without the fat I have enjoyed for a while, but I'm wondering if there is a tipping point, and what that is.

What is the line for deciding one way or the other?
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