Thanks very much in the advance for the help with this. I'm new to building muscle (started 2 weeks ago) so your input will be very helpful to me. I apologize for the lack of knowledge regarding terminology.
-- 28, fairly skinny but developed a small beer belly over the past year, not much muscle at all, pretty much zero muscles on chest
-- long time exercise, 5 or 6 times a week (for at least 1.5 years, probably 3 times a week after 1.5 years)
-- increase energy levels
-- sleep better (though I don't have big problems with this before I started working out)
-- build chest muscles
-- just generally bulk up everywhere above my legs, but not get super huge
My diet right now:
-- shake in the morning around 10am (with protein power, greek yog, nonfat milk, little peanut butter and a little chocolate, banana)
-- eat a big meal at around 11:30am with some protein
-- work out from 1pm to 2pm
-- protein shake in car after work out
-- not a huge meal for dinner
-- i try to snack on nuts throughout the day and a drink a ton of milk
My workout routine
-- 5 minutes stretching
-- 20 minutes on elliptical. start at 12/20 resistance and move my way up to 20. I love this machine. It works my whole body and really gets me going. I feel like this will help my belly fat go away too.
-- 25-35 minutes of weights
-- usually the weighted rowing machines, 8 sets of 10 on 40lbs
-- chest muscle machine, 6 sets of 10 on the lowest setting (the machine is set up so you lift your body...so at the zero setting it's still a huge workout for me)
-- 1 or 2 random other workout machines
-- lift weights laying down on bench, I have a upside down V patter, where I have the weights come down low and wide and the push them up and have them almost touch
For each of these workouts, I take myself to the ABSOLUTE brink of what I can do right now. On these machines I am unable to do any more reps than I have currently doing. I'm always very tired after the workout and I sleep for 9-10 hours and feel great. I imagine that if I keep doing this I'll start seeing results in 3 or so weeks.
Any and all criticism, feedback, input would be appreciate. What am I doing wrong and right?