14 yrs. old
Bear with me on this.
Long story short, I’m 14, 6’0", overweight and unhealthy. My father is overweight too, but he has endurance and is muscular. My mother was slightly overweight for a while but she cut down and now she is healthy. I, however, don’t want to ever have to lose weight like that as an adult. I am at a point where I am serious about turning around my sedentary lifestyle.
Ok… into the details. We have a small home gym in our basement, no matter how pitiful. It consists of a mediocre Marcy bench with few frills, a nice bar and a bunch of weird, plastic-coated weights with inconsistent numbering (8.8 + 5 + 3.4 + 8 = …I can’t do math while lifting!!). I’m currently scouring craigslist for a decent squat rack too, as I’m afraid I’ll end up hurting myself doing squats without one. I regard myself as a beginner but I’ve been doing light lifting for about a month just getting my form down.
I’ve been looking at Rippetoe’s program, and it seems like it is highly recommended in some circles.
Here are some pictures of what I currently look like:
If you’re eating dinner or something, don’t look hahaha.
Here are some pictures of my ideal physique courtesy of bodybuilding.com. I’d like to be here or close to here some day. maybe with larger arms. How long could it take me to get here?
My overall goals are to be stronger and bigger with less bodyfat (original, I know). I know that I should be bulking first, but I’ve heard that beginners have the capability to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. Is this true? If so, what kind of diet should I have to accompany my lifting? Should I include cardio?