Hello TNation. I'm Dave and I've been a lurker for a couple of weeks. Absolutely love the training articles here and the forums. As the new guy I will definitely be looking for advice. I've read all the beginner threads and a lot of info from CT, Shug etc. as well.
As far as my current situation: About 6 weeks ago I was fed up with my shape and fitness level. After blowing out my left ankle for a second time in 2004 I became very lazy as far as physical activity goes. I quit playing basketball and soccer only continuing softball in the summer. I also love to drink good beer. All of this left me with the stat line of:
36 years old, 5'9", 198 lbs. and a very nice beer belly.
So I decided it was time to 1. eat right, 2. use basic supplementation and 3. Work my butt off. I started in my basement the first 4 weeks to get back to a decent level and then joined a gym 2 weeks ago. We have a heavy bag, perfect pull up bar, a stationary bike and a barbell with about 45 lbs of weights. So enough to get going at least.
Goals: Basically to feel good, look good, be good. Specifically to regain strength and power as well as a mens fitness model type physique including visible abs.
Week 1(M,W,S): Push ups, wide push ups, burpees, pull ups, Aussie pull up and standing rows(perfect pull up bar) + Abs, Boxing, jump rope and stationary bike.
Weeks 2 - 4(M,W,S): Push ups, wide push ups, pull ups, Aussie pull up, standing rows, OHP and shrugs + Abs and 30 minutes stationary bike.
Week 5(M,W,S) Mon and Wed. = Upper Body with DB Bench, Dips, Pulldowns, Stiff arm pulldown, DB OHP and DB Fly + Abs and 30 min. bike. Sat = Full Body with DB Squat, Incline Bench, Close cable pulldown, DB OHP, DB Lunge, Crossbody raise, French press and Twisting curls + Abs.
Week 6(M,W,S) M/W = DB OHP, Lateral Raise, Seated cable row, Bent over DB row, DB Bench Press, Deep push up + Abs and 30 min. bike. Sat. = Push Ups, Wide push ups, pull ups, Aussie pull ups, Standing Row, OHP + Abs.
During this 6 weeks I have been eating 4-6 times a day for about 1200-1600 calories. I haven't been perfect but have cheated very little. I get much of my calories from protein and eat carbs mostly early morning and post workout. Don't eat much sugar and I haven't been eating any dairy other than cottage cheese at night. My supplementation has been Whey Protein, Fish oil, multi-vitamin, Creatine HCL and Jack3d pwo. 2 weeks ago I also added a BCAA drink that I take during my workout.
The result so far: I weighed in yesterday at 5'9" 180 lbs. That's 18 lbs in 6 weeks plus I've definitely gained upper body definition and I feel fantastic. I've heard 3 lbs a week is about the most you can lose without losing muscle so I think I've stayed at a good pace without doing anything drastic.
Now that I'm at a point where I'm in much better shape and close to the body weight range I would like to be in I'm ready to focus on strength gains and the basic barbell exercises. I think gaining strength and muscle mass will help me to keep this change going and get closer to the body I would like to not only have but maintain.
I was thinking of going with Rippetoe's Starting Strength program to both learn/improve the basic bb exercises and take advantage of the opportunity for "novice" gains. Do you think this would be a good program for me? If so any suggestions or tips for a beginner? Diet, supplements, etc. If not SS what program would you suggest at this point?
I guess it's also important to add that during this my wife has been working out as well but she has been strictly doing 45 minutes to an hour of cardio. However thanks to some of the great women's training log's and other info here I have convinced her to start lifting with me. So hopefully this would be a good program we can do together.
Sorry for the opening novel but a big thank you to anyone who has made it to the end and can help out on my muscle building journey. Extremely glad to have found such a great site.