OK, I know you guys get a ton of these, hopefully you will be kind enough to answer one more…
I am a 24yo male, about 6’0" 210 pounds. I’m getting “somewhat out of shape” and want to reverse it before I am “really out of shape.” My goals are simple:
- Lose my gut and my man-boobs (I hate the man-boobs more than the gut!!)
- Put on some muscle while I’m at it
But here’s my thing: I want to keep this as brain-dead simple as possible. I want to learn the least number of things to get the most benefit, without getting into elaborate programs, supplements, 80 different variations on one move, (ahem) reading Internet forums all day… I am looking for the greatest output with the lowest learning curve. I accept that this won’t be ideal, maybe later I’ll get more into it, but for now this is where I’m at. Note that I’m not talking about physical exertion during my workouts–I like to push myself hard–just the learning curve.
Here’s what I do now:
–cardio 3x/week (30min interval training; I am definitely sweating, no lazy strolls while reading the paper)
–pushups, situps (almost) every morning
–sporadic pull-ups, benches, deadlifts, curls (I bench and lift at home, the weight is definitely on the low side)
Here’s what I know:
–benches, deadlifts, squats, right? Right?!?
Here’s my first go at a real program:
–3x/week cardio as before
–2x/week benches, squats, deadlifts, at the gym with real weights. Maybe 3x6 for each, or thereabouts?
–3x/week pullups, 3 sets to failure
–5x/week pushups, situps (probably does more to wake me up than any actual fitness gains)
Is this plausible? Close but missing one or two key exercises? Totally off base?
I know diet is integral here, I’m working on eating better but it will be a lot easier for me to start working out than to stop eating wrong. Something’s better than nothing, right?
Any help is greatly appreciated – I’m asking you experts because I cannot commit to becoming one myself. Thanks.