Your Ideal Build
It will change.
Here’s a photo from 2009 where I could carry a relatively lean 260. Ten years prior I was slightly less lean at 160.
What’s ideal? It’s hard to say. And it will change. I can no longer stomach that much eating, apportion that much time to train, or focus that much energy on personal fitness goals. At the time, I wasn’t a father, and I didn’t own businesses. I would’ve told you then that another 10-20lbs of muscle and 5-10lbs less fat would have been ideal. I was close to my ideal of the time. Ten years prior I would've told you cutting down to 150 might have been an ideal body fat. But I wasn't even close to trace body fat at 160. I've been AT trace body fat OVER 220lbs.
“Ideal” changes. You have a set of givens; and you have a list of priorities. That sets the tone for “ideal.” It’s not the other way around. People fixate on a weight or a size or a look. But “ideal” for all of these is bound by your genuine desire to table other pieces of life. And, as I've learned, getting super lean and fit sometimes requires a large INCREASE in body weight.
What’s your ideal build? As far as you can go while being happy and balanced. Watch your step. You may be closer than you think.
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