My name is Matt, I’m 38 and although I have played rugby union and rugby league since I was 11, I a have never really weight trained, but am looking to start.
I have always had a good base level of fitness attained through my rugby training sessions and because I cycle a lot (circa 75 miles per week commuting to work and travelling to and from rugby sessions).
I would say my body type is endomorphic - I put on weight quickly during the off-season, and as I have gotten older I find it harder and harder to shift the weight. I’m 6ft tall and currently 220lbs.
In terms of supplements I have been taking fish oils for years, but I have never really used anything else, such as protein powders, creatine etc, but I have just bought myself a couple of months worth of whey protein, creatine, BCAA, and I got a freebie back of beta-alanine as it was my first purchase.
Unfortunately there isn’t a gym near my home, and the only one near work is more of a “health club” and the membership fees are too expensive. I do however have at home a cheap weights set, with a bar and dumbells, with weight up to about 150lbs. I also have a bench, some bands, and a couple of kettlebells (35lbs and 54lbs).
My immediate goal is to lose some weight. I have been a long time reader of T-Nation and Dan John’s 10,000 KB Swing Challenge caught my eye, so I’m planning to start down that path tomorrow morning.
Following on from that, my goals - so far - are a bit less specific: I just want to get big!! My rugby is still very important to me, but I realise that at 38 my playing days are numbered - shit, there are guys on my team 20 years younger than me!! So I’m looking more long term, and as narcissistic as it might be, I’d like to be able to take my family on a beach holiday and not look like a beached whale!
So 10,000 KB swings first, then in 30 days or so I’ll be looking at something else to move on to. If anyone has any suggestions based on what I have said above, I’d love to hear them.