Hey all I have been looking for a beginners routine to help reach my short term goal of gaining 20lb of muscle. I have been looking through the site the past few weeks and found lots of great information with regard to nutrition and training.
However, since my goal is to gain muscle I was wondering if I should start with something along the lines of 5x5 or a standard BB split? Obviously BB split for building muscle sounds like the way to go, but I have also read that something like 5x5 linear progression is a good place to start to build a foundation of strength. any and all suggestions are appreciated.
I am 24 years old, 5 foot 11 inches, 160lbs.(no idea on body fat
I used to be really athletic (Middle distance track in high school 4:31 mile and 1:55 800 PR)
but in college i drank a lot and started smoking cigs (worst habit ever). I have quit cigs (3 weeks since my last one) and i am looking to gain muscle and get back on track with my health.
Looking on the My Pyramid website i currently need 2200 calories to maintain weight. So what would you all suggest to help me gain, along with what routine i should start with.
Also what would/should be my realistic 1 year goal? 20lbs? more? less?
Anyway, sorry for the long post, i just found so much conflicting advise for beginners routines
Maybe someone could point me in the right direction based on my specific situation?
On a side note, i bought Starting Strength and read it cover to cover the last few weeks to help with technique since i am so inexperienced.
I also attached a Before picture if that helps in some way?
Thanks in advance for all the help