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32 Year Old Beginner


#1

Hello. I have been hiding on the sidelines, reading all of the amazing articles and posts found here on T-Nation. I have finally decided to get active and change my life.

I'm a 32 year old married man. I'm currently in the Navy...10 years in so far. I have never played sports, even in high school. At this time I weigh around 220-225 lbs at a height of 6 feet. I have around 18% bodyfat. Because I am in the military, I do have to maintain some physical fitness standards so I am not completely out of shape. Anyway, like I said, after reading all of this information, I want to make a change.

Last summer, I made Chief. The problem was, I was severely overweight and needed to lose it in order to be eligible for advancement. I did the Adkins Diet and was able to drop to 230 lbs. After that, I just made sure to "eat clean". Whole grain complex carbs, lots of protein, good fats, and tons of water.

Now, I would like to work on my muscle mass and strength. I have been thinking of starting with Waterbury's Big Boy Basics routine then following it up with ABBH I and ABBH II. I am wondering however if I need to drop some bodyfat first. Or, by building more muscle and strength, can I expect my bodyfat percentage to drop some since more muscle will help to burn fat? This is all assuming of course that I will be eating lots of good "clean" foods.

I will try to post some pics of myself to maybe help you all in giving me advice. Also, I am not a complete novice to lifting weights. I have lifted off and on since I was 16. Just never lifted heavy weights.

I tried the first day of Big Boy Basics today. I was able to do the 8 sets of 3 reps for the Bench Press using 185 lbs. I had no trouble completing the required sets at that weight. My goal is a bench of 300 lbs, deadlift of 400+, and squat of 300+. Is this even attainable? The other lifts I did today were:

seated rows: 165lbs
pull-ups with semi-supinated grip: bodyweight -20lbs (i used an assisted pullup station)
dumbell military press w/ semi-sup grip: 50 lb dumbells.

Sorry this is so long. I'm just very excited. =)


#2

The best thing for you to do right now is build a solid foundation of muscle. This is done best by using a full-body workout. All sorts of routines can be found on the internet. You should also find some alternate routines that you can use while deployed. Start with the basic M-W-F schedule. It's very important to build that foundation. Dont just jump in and start building mirror muscles. Build ALL of your muscles, including the ones that you CANT see.


#3

Good luck, you seem to have a good attitude, and know what you want. So your already a million miles ahead of most of the other people who start threads in the begginers forum.