I'm 5'8, 180 lb, 18, not really fat, though, mainly muscle. I can bench upwards of about 300 lb max, unfortunately I can probably squat less or about the same, the same with deadlifts. I'm pretty top-heavy in terms of muscular development, as many young people are, however, my legs are really coming along once I started to incorporate squats regularly into my workout. Similarly, my abs and lower back seem to be getting strengthened. I'm having problems with my obliques. The only exercise I could find with free weights were side bends, which I do. I'm thinking its a combination of lack of oblique strength along with that area being the first place fat seems to collect on me. I figure I could probably cut about 10 lb of fat for beach season, and although I'm not fat as it is (size 32 waist), I want to get a six pack and lose what look like small love handles.
My left side seems to be more developed than my right side, which also bothers me. I've read that the best way to lose fat without losing muscle mass is to slowly drop my fat %, so rather than doing marathon treadmill sessions, to simply cut back on food slightly, so that I'm expending more calories than I intake, but not by a great deal. I also read that I should continue to lift and incorporate a regular cardiovascular program into my workout, with the goal of dropping at a maximum of 2.5 lb per week. I figure that its still late March and I still have at least a month, probably more, to get into real good shape. My upper body is pretty good, but I want to work on my core. Does anyone know how I can further increase my obliques and even about my abdominal muscles?