This is my first post. I am 22 and have been lifting for a few years, but frankly I had no idea what I was doing. I am approaching this now as a total beginner.
I want to gain bulk and strength. I am 6’3", 180lbs and according to some dubious online test about 11% bodyfat. I have always been skinny and I have always been weak. I am pretty athletic, until recently I was swimming at a pretty high level, but I’m fed up of being tall and skinny- the beanpole look is not good.
I have read a lot of articles on T-Nation and elsewhere, and I think I have the idea when it comes to nutrition, but I am a bit confused about supplements and a routine. In terms of supplements I am a beginner so I don’t know if I should even be using them, but any advice on what might give me a bit of extra help to grow would be appreciated.
Much more importantly I need to sort out a routine, and the odds are stacked against me. Firstly I live miles from the nearest gym, so I have to lift at home. My home gym is a barbell, some adjustable dumbells and one of those adjustable smith machine weight benches. Its not mine but I can use it. I also have a chin/dip station on the way. My budget won’t stretch to any more majoy purchases so I’m about stuck with this.
Secondly I am a field research assistant, and I work in the uplands. This means that more often than not I spend my days walking miles across some really tough terrain, often with weight on my back, so this is obviously eating into my calories.
Since about new year I have faffed around firstly with Power to the People, then with Stronglifts 5x5. The second one was going OK but as the weight on the squat got higher I think I have injured myself. As I don’t have a squat rack I was doing front squats, and I am suffering with some kind of nerve issue in my left arm, which I think may have been caused by front squating so often. My housemate, who has been training way longer and better than me is not training his legs at all, because of all the walking we do. Is this a good idea?
Basically i would appreciate any advice or links on a decent routine for a beginner looking to bulk but also build strength (I am getting into JJJ and BJJ, so practical strength is a factor!) with this seriously limited kit, plus any thoughts on supplements although this is a secondary issue and I can probably figure it out with some better searching of the archives.