Hi there, new to the site. I'm three months in to my first session of lifting weights, started at the beginning of winter.
I'm 32, 6 foot, 220lb.
Chin-up 1 (!)
I have a lot of body fat, as I like a pie and a pint, and in general feel relatively strong in the lower body but weak in the upper.
I've gone about the whole thing without any rhyme or reason; Keeping sessions down to two per week has worked well for me, and I only really do compound exercises, I haven't managed to work up the enthusiasm for isolation lifts.
I think I've come as far as I can just moseying down to the gym on a casual basis, and that I need to get a more structured lifting regime if I am to progress further. Hopefully I can learn a lot on this site.
Two specific questions that maybe someone can help me out on; Is it possible to build significant strength (e.g 1.5-2x what I am currently lifting) just doing a workout of compound exercises? Say bench, deads, squats, chin-ups, military and something for the abs? Is there a glaring hole anywhere here?
Second, I have some trouble with my lower biceps tendon connecting to the elbow. I suspect it might be coming from faulty deadlift technique, where I am jerking the bar a little with my arms. Is this a common beginner's mistake? If so, any ideas on how to avoid it?
Thanks in advance for any advice and congrats on a great site.