Hi all, I’m new to this site, but I’ve spent a few hours over the last two days lurking and have already learned a LOT. (WARNING: LOTS OF WORDS)
I’m 21 years old, 6’2" and about 230 lbs. From about age 6 up through my latter years of high school I wrestled and played football, and was always in great shape (fairly cut and about 190lbs at my peak fitness). Turned out when I hit college, I quit sports and was more interested in partying and the benefits of a bangin social life than staying in shape.
I had always casually lifted to keep my strength and some semblance of muscle mass up, but it was by no means a strict routine and before I knew it I had ballooned to 290lbs (!!!)
Long story short, I got sick of being fat and dropped 90 lbs in about 6 months, I’d say at least 50 of which was pure fat. Around the end of that time I got a serious girlfriend and, sadly, stopped working out and eating healthy, so here I am about a year and a half later back up to 235 and not anywhere near where I used to be as far as strength and muscle mass.
The attached picture is as of today 2/14/2006. Please ignore the goofy “posing,” I’m an amateur at this
Currently my routine consists of training 6 days a week: Alternating days of upper and lower body, abs and 30 minutes of cardio (jumprope) every day. I would like to find a suitable plan for me, so if any of you have one to recommend, I’d be more than willing to hear your suggestion.
My goals are to slim down, ~8% BF, to build a little more mass then tone up. My problem areas are (obviously) the mantits and spare tire, as well as thighs and ass. Basically, I store fat like a woman. Ideally I’d like to look something like this:
I am not a man of means and as such don’t have the money to spend on a gym, supplements, expensive diet plans, any of that jazz. I have a more-than-adequate freeweight setup in my house, which makes a 1.5 hour workout every morning quite feasible.
This thread is mainly to help me stay focused and chart my progress over the coming months with the help, advice, and support of those who know more about what they’re doing than I do.
I thank you for your time and would greatly appreciate any advice, exercise/diet plans, suggestions, etc you could offer.