To clarify my initial question of activity level-
What do you do all day?
It doesn’t have to be a specific answer, just a general categorization of your daily activity level.
ex.- Office work= sedentary
Technical work = moderate
Heavy labor = high
This is very important to consider when you aren’t getting the results you want.
Working out for an hour or less once a day a few times a week is not going to cut it, especialy when the other 23 are spent in a relatively sedentary state.
The flipside would be that if you have a very high activity level, you could easily overtrain or just become chronicaly exhausted with the lifting regiment of someone of a different activity level.
Prof. X is also correct in his recomendation of increasing frequency. There is the very important matter of training age and actual age when it comes to determining frequency, intensity, and the weekly total volume that you are going to put out.
When you are younger, both chronologicaly and training wise, you can tolerate a much higher volume and intensity(relative to your ability).
Most of the programs that you will find on here designed to illicit a training effect in a veteran lifter will be lacking in volume and frequency for a relatively new trainee.
Oh, sorry I misunderstood you question. I’m a grad student. So, most of what I do is sitting at a computer and typing or reading. However, I do have a short attention span and I like to get up once every 20 or 30 min and walk around and talk to people.
I’m known as the guy who walks laps around the building! When I’m finished working all day, I just watch TV or hang out with friends on weekends. Gosh, I sound lazy when I say that but those activities are in addition to all the working out I do.
Regarding age: My chronological age is 27.
Training age is a bit more complicated. For about 2 years I trained but I was completely clueless. I didn’t do any reading at all. I would just pick up some dumbells and do whatever exercises I felt like doing.
I did much more arm exercises than anything else. I did accumulate some definition but I really didn’t know what I was doing. I started training seriously last May when I found this site and started Berardi’s Scrawny to Brawny program. So with that long answer, I’m not really sure what my training age is!
Thanks for all your help! I appreciate it.