I've been looking through many fitness/bodybuilding forums for a while now but decided to sign up here as it seems people actually know what they're talking about and tell it like it is!
I'm a 21 year old male student from the UK (don't judge me..), I've always used the gym but have suffered from a bit of a stop-start mentality which as you can imagine has put a serious cap on my progress! However in 7 months time I am off travelling and have decided that with a final goal to aim for I can really increase my efforts in the gym.
Now I read 'Stupid Things Young Guys (And Some Older Guys) Do in the Gym' by Nate Green and he picked up on a point that I definitely agree with; that most people don't know why they're in the gym. So it got me thinking what kind of physique i'd 'ideally' like. Now while I envy the dedication of serious powerlifters and bodybuilders, in reality though I just want a well proportioned, well toned, athletic body.
By no means small, but from what I've read here I guess most would class it as 'small'. I'll be honest, as sad as it is Matthew McConaughey is the ideal.
Right I'll wrap this up. I'm 6ft1 and weigh 180lbs. I'd estimate my bodyfat to be around 15%, which naturally I want to get down by the time I leave. Now i'm not asking anyone to create me a programme, just some guidance as to the plan of action they feel I should take.
For instance should I split up my time into different phases or not? And what kind of programmes should I follow for my goals? Circuits, Split body parts, Cardio? As I said I've used the gym for a long time now, and I know the importance of compound movements done with good form, I'm just looking for a few pointers or other articles I can read to help me along!
Apologies for such a long post, all answers are greatly appreciated of course!