Hello, my first post.
I have been training for 3 months (2 times a week for 1 and a half months and 3 times a week since, plus I have added a light workout on most of my off days i.e. pull-ups push-ups and bodyweight squats).
I weigh 136 pounds, I want to put on about 15 pounds.
I am 5ft 8in.
I eat around 3000cal per day with quite a lot of protein.
I have increased my lifts by about 2 and a half times (using mainly machines at the moment, but will progress to free weights soon) in these 3 months so I feel I’m doing pretty well for now?
I’m looking for a bit of general advice on a few topics. Firstly with regards to diet, I’m currently eating pretty well (I’d say 70% clean, 30% average) with no junk food or ready meals at all i.e. fast food, chocolate bars, sugary drinks etc…
Is this okay? A lot of the articles seem like religious doctrine to be followed to the book, will my diet sustain me for my first year of training or should I try and eat better?
I do 3 full body workouts per week at a high intensity including (started a couple leg exercises recently) approx 30 min cardio and 1hr weights. I like it this way, but I know I should be trying to do more free weights. Can I get good gains on the machines? I do 2 sets of 10 reps, the 10th rep being close to failure on each set. I do about 9 exercises, is this too many? I seem to have lots of energy to spare but I seem to lift quite heavy for my size and time training (compared to others in the gym).
I’m very committed to working out and am getting more serious as I progress.
Thanks in advance for advice.