Originally Posted by Soulman
If I could have started all over again with the goals I have (70/30 aesthetics/strength) I'd go SS --> GSLP --> TM --> TM or 5/3/1 swollertrophy. I'd start out eating at maintenance no matter the starting BF (unless very overfat). Recomp if in need of losing BF, avoid gaining excess BF if small. Diet after that would vary a bit. Cut as needed after novice progression, get on TM to get stronger then do a more BB-type program without going all bro, like the 10-rep base of TM described in 70's big's e-book or 5/3/1 BB. Should be pretty close to optimal imo. And you gotta be optimal.
I like this plan. Perhaps
I gained too much weight too quickly because before SS I was obv just really skinny (120 lbs.), and now I'm skinny/fat (150 lbs). I gained ~20 lbs (read: milk) in the first 2 weeks of SS.
Meh. I'm sure I can cut down BF% fairly easily with diet and HIIT. Although I'd like to gain at least 10-15 more lbs before I do that. I'm not sure how HIIT fits in a plan like this though. Maybe work it in with the BB programming? Like alt. between weights and running 6 days per week. That's a ways down the road for me.
Long term, (I'm only 24) my goal is to never drop below like 150 lbs, continue to cut BF (under 10%) + build muscle, and eventually be in good shape stamina wise. I doubt I could run 1 mile under like 10 min right now.