Howdy, my name is Mike, and I am 19 years-old. I’m a long-time lurker of TMag… but I have yet to ever post anything.
Anyway, on to the topic at-hand.
Once upon a time, five or six years ago, I was a hardcore baseball fan and a pretty damn good little league pitcher. I played for several rep. and house league teams during my early teens. Unfortunately, when I was 15 years-old, I moved away from my hometown. Soon after my move, I lost all my interest in sports and became an overweight, anti-social bum–at the height of 5’6", I grew from 125lbs of leanness to 185lbs of fat.
However, in the past two years, I have dropped down to 155lbs of chub. Definitely skinnier… but my shame-fat still remains.
Lately, I’ve been hitting the gym, paying attention to my diet, reading TMag(of course) and making an attempt to change myself for the better. However, I’m one of those people who either go all the way or do not go at all. Unfortunately, the most minute things tend to throw me off. If I eat something I shouldn’t, I quit my diet and binge. If I feel that my exercise routine is not up-to-par or that I did not put my effort into the gym, I will try and find a new exercise plan… to “do it right” the next time.
Anyway, I’ve decided to commit myself to something. Most of my “goals” up until this point have been cosmetic in nature. Therefore, I feel that if I work toward a long-term goal, that I find fun, such as getting back into serious and competitive baseball, I will be more motivated to push through the rough stuff.
So, I need some advice from the TMAG readers. I have two goals… my short-term goal is to be in good game-shape for my upcoming high school’s baseball season(around April '05). My long-term goal is to be in fantastic game-shape by the time I reach university in three years; allowing me to make a serious push for the university team.
What training program would you suggest for someone who is 5’7" 155lbs 15-17% BF(estimate), has access to a gym year-round, does not have access to a sunny year-round climate(Canada), and wants to put on muscle, lose fat, gain strength, and be in fantastic athletic shape within three years? Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
(Some other info:
Approx. diet - 1800-2000 cals, 50-55g fat, 150g-200g quality carbs, 150g+ protein, 30-60g fibre.)