Although I do not really consider myself a beginner I am posting this here because I think it’s probably the proper place due to the objectives of my question. Before I ask it, though, I would like to present you with some background. I am 35 years old and a year ago I weighed nearly 300 lbs and lead a very sedentary lifestyle.
Since November of 2008 I have been following a somewhat modified version of the Body4Life work out and diet. I am now close to 200lbs and plan on getting below 180 with a body fat around 7% in the late spring of 2010. My current supplementation routine is as follows:
- Protein shake (2/3 whey isolate and 1/3 soy isolate)
- Argenine and Glutamine
- Creatine with about 6 oz of grape juice.
My pre workout carb is just an apple as I am currently focusing on weight loss. I eat a balanced diet very low in fat (though almonds and other nuts are a staple in my diet) and very high in whole grains, fruits, and veggies compared to most people.
My main proteins are chicken and egg whites with some sea food, though I do not shy from beef and pork. I also have a protein shake like the one mentioned above first thing in the morning. My current program is like this: Week 1: U H L H O U H Week 2: L H U H O L. Monday - Sunday where U = upper body, L = lower body, H = HIIT for cardio and O = off.
In July I plan on beginning a specific muscle building or bulking routine, assuming I hit my weight goal. My question is what do you more experienced guys suggest in the area of a training, nutrition, and supplementation for some one of my age (approaching 46) who has been participating in a weight training and diet regimen for a year and 9 months?
I am very disciplined. My diet is quite clean and I do not miss workouts. Like I said I donÃ?Â¢Ã??Ã??t really fit as a beginner, but I may not really be intermediate.