I need some advice, among other things. I guess I’m looking for a better sense of direction when it comes to my training goals. Here’s some background information:
TRAINING HISTORY: I’m almost 25 years old and I live in Australia. I’ve got a couple of year of martial arts training behind me, but no longer do it. These days my training mainly consists of tricking (a mix of martial arts and gymnastics), mountain biking and weight training.
GENETICS: I’ve always been, what I’d consider a little over weight. I’ve had a bit of a pot belly for as long as I can remember. My weight tends to collect around my mid-section, and my thighs. My heritage is mainly Sicilian, but also a bit English and Irish. I find it pretty easy to gain muscle, but the fat comes fast as well, if I eat bad and get slack with excercise. So I guess I’m a little more mesomorphic and ectomorphic than I would be endomorphic.
DIET AND HABITS: I’ve always been into regular excercise, so that is no problem. As for diet, I’m not allergic to anything that I know of, and I don’t dislike any food. I really like salad though, so that is probably a good thing. I eat pretty clean most of the time. I currently supplement my diet with multivitamin, vitamin c, glucosamine sulphate, flax seed oil, and animal flex.
Attached are some pictures of me.
December 2005 is about 14 months ago before I started gym. June is 6 months later after some bulking. December 2006 was just before Xmas 2006 after a bit of cutting.
GOAL: Get lean. That’s it. I don’t want to get freaky huge. I’d just like to lean enough to be able to see ALL of my abs. Anything else is a bonus. I’m big enough as it is I think. I’ve got from large shirts to extra large; so that’s enough muscle for me!
TRAINING PLAN: At the moment I do a split routine at the gym 4 days a week (upper body twice a week and lower body twice a week, yes I do do squats and deadlifts). I do mountain biking for cardio at least 4 days a week, and tricking once or twice a week.
Oh I might add that I’m also a drummer - so for tricking and drumming I require fast twitch muscles! Which is fine, 'cause I hate distance running! I much prefer sprinting. But I’d take riding over any form of running any day, as I find running too stressful on the knees.
So my question is, what do I need to do to get lean, and stay lean? I want to end up looking something like this:
What do I need to do to get where I want to go, and what sort of timeframe am I looking at? Is a calorie restricted diet of vegetables, meats and whey shakes going to get me the lean look I desire? I understand products like HOT-ROX Extreme can help, but do I really need them? And if I do, when I get lean, will I need to continue taking them?
Thanks very much for your help, and I look forward to hearing your advice.