I've been lifting since July, though I am not thrilled with the results, though I do know why; I've not been following a proper program nor have I been eating well. I have only recently started squatting and deadlifting, and am looking to get into good shape by the time I start college in September.
I currently weigh around 175lbs and am around 6ft tall and my lifts are as follows: Bench: 135lbs 5x5 Squat: 10lbs 5x5 (with dodgy form) Deadlift: 175lbs 1x5 (with dodgy form).
I am planning on following Ice Cream Fitness, but I am not sure where to start. How far should I go down on my lifts, and for how long to perfect my form? Also, should I bulk or cut from where I am at the moment? Moreover, is it worth getting creatine, bearing in mind my father is bald? Also, I will be starting next week, so are there any stretches or movements I can do at home in the meantime that will help my form when I start?
As for your form on the main lifts, it is a good idea to use a full range of motion. The squat in particular gets the most discussion on whether or not going to parallel is enough to be considered full range of motion. It really depends on the bar placement as well as how far apart your legs are. Mechanically, it makes sense that if your legs are closer together you will likely be able to squat further down than if your legs are further apart. Deciding which width to go with is personal preference. However, I would suggest going on youtube and watching pro lifters, such as the animal athletes or the guys over at supertraining gym. That way you can get a good visual of what the form on the big lifts should be.
As for bulking or cutting first, I think since you're still fairly new and have yet to have a structured program or diet change, you shouldn't worry about strictly "bulking" or "cutting." A good route for you to take is to find a program (like ICF) and stick to it for a significant amount of time and really work on progressing. Keep logs of your training so that you always know if you're progressing. In time, if you stick to it, you'll likely begin to see the changes that you desire. Just remember that seeing real changes in your body and strength takes time and consistency. Find a program and stick with it. Don't bulk or cut, simply get structured and set smaller goals for yourself such as finding a program and sticking to it. (read this too: http://optimal-living.weebly.com/blog/reader-qa-should-i-bulk-or-cut-first)
Creatine is one of the most researched supplements on the planet. It has been shown time and time again to be quite effective (for the majority of the population) to increase muscular power output for reasons that are out of the scope of this comment (if you want more, read this http://optimal-living.weebly.com/blog/reddit-fitness-forum-answers-3). That being said, you don't necessarily need it. Rather than focusing on taking supplements to get you stronger or in better shape, you should focus on simply trying to making better choices when eating and increasing performance in the gym.
Don't overthink it. Find a program, stick to it, and work hard. This takes a lot of time, but if you're consistent, you'll start seeing the changes you desire.