If you can't tell by the thread title I am looking for a little bit of help, so I would appreciate any advice or structure you gentleman can provide. I have been on and off lifting for several years with no discenerable results, not surprisingly due to a lack of consistency.
However over the past year I have gotten progressively more serious about improving my strength and physique. I've joined a gym and for the past few months have been lifting very steadily with a buddy. I have noticed some definite increases in strength but it's about time I start trying to create my own schedule and nutrition setup since both are goals and body types are very different. I am having some difficulty putting a lifting schedule together due to an abundance of different information and honestly a lack of experienced input. The same goes for the nutrition and supplementation angle. I think the simplest way to figure this out would be to just list my personal statistics, goals and concerns and you guys can just comment on whatever you see fit.
Body fat: 15%*
*This may be somewhat lower or higher, I am basing this off of the last time I measured with calipers before my friend brought them into the black hole that is his house.
1. To put on at least 10-15 pounds of muscle, anything higher is icing on the cake
2. Eventually lean out to around 5-10% body fat.
3. Even out my frame. I have long legs and when compared to my scrawny upper body it comes off disproportionate. IÃ¢??m hoping with the combination of muscle gain up top and BF loss things will even out a bit.
1. I can only make it to the gym Monday, Wednesday and Friday due to work and other constraints. I keep hearing from different angles about whether that is not enough or fine, so I am not really sure if that is workable.
2. So far finding a good lifting schedule has been arduous. There is a considerable amount of information available saying this and that, not to mention the "expert" advice I receive from every in-person conversation I have. I understand very much that I need to "Lift big" but I am not sure what the rest of that entails, or even how much enough is. I have no problem putting in the effort and I will do anything that works. I would just prefer if it is straightforward, and I don't need to spend three hours at the gym. The closest I have gotten to what I think may fit is some of the 5x5 routines.
3. The other side of the coin being the "Eating big" is not so much of an issue for me. I have a good idea of the intake I need to have, not to mention what exactly I am supposed to be eating. My point of confusion is in the number of times I should be eating during the day. I have seen several sources saying that you should be eating at least 6-7 times during the day. However, is it that much worse to eat three times a day if you are intaking the same amount? This seems to make sense to me but than again I am not nutritionist.
3. A friend had given me two 5lb tubs of MHP 'Up Your Mass' for my birthday. He seems to swear by it and thinks it's just what I need for my goals. I don't know anything about the product, or what the people here think of it. I would like to use it since I said I would and according to the serving suggestions would only last about two weeks. Time will tell the outcome of this weight gainer; however where would a good place to look once I finish with this amount.
That is everything I can think of at the moment. I apologize for the length of this but honestly I prefer putting everything in at once. I would appreciate any amount of advice or direction you guys can hand me