[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
I’ve been reading the site for a while, and I noticed that most of the programs seem to be geared toward serious/regular lifters.
This isn’t the case at all. There are dozens of programs that would work great for beginners. A good rule of thumb is that if it’s a “specialization” program (a calf routine, an arm-focused routine, a fat loss routine, etc.) it’s not a good start for a beginner. You want something that’s more well-rounded.
I’ve read the bgeineer guides and the more I read, the more I get confused.
Don’t sweat it, that’s a common problem. Easiest solution: stop reading so much (no joke).
I’m just a small guy and a college student, so I can’t hit the gym 3 times a week.
Say what now? I understand being a college student, but there are hundreds of guys here who lifted seriously while in college with full schedules (and plenty are doing it currently). You’re telling me, scouts honor, that you couldn’t find 40-60 minutes a day, three days a week, to train?
I’m only 5"6 and 140. I’m looking for gains of 15 - 20lbs over 1 ~ 2 years.
Have you ever trained before? I only ask because that’s a drastic underestimation of what you could accomplish if you really tried. Especially if you’re brand new to exercise, as soon as you get into a consistent weight lifting program and start eating sufficient calories, you’ll surprise yourself.
I was wondering if there is any good light programs for beginners with upper body focus (workout twice a week).
First: Presuming you’re an injury-free, otherwise-healthy guy, a “good light program” is an oxymoron. You build muscle by lifting relatively heavy.
Secondly: Despite your instincts, you do not want an upper body focus. For maximum growth, you want to train everything equally, and this means training legs.
I’ll give you two choices for your workout program, that’s the only decision you need to make. Flip a coin, if it helps.
Do this: http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/sports_body_training_performance_bodybuilding_beginner/starting_strength_the_guide
Or do this: http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/the_25_method
For your food, do this:
Thanks for the help and threads. .
I’ve never trained before, but I’m hoping I can hit 160lb to make weight. I don’t need that now, but I guess as I lose fat and gain more lean weight it might be more than what I listed.
I’m sorry if I caused some misunderstanding. What I meant by a light program was that it wasn’t three times a week. I realize that there are many people at the college gym where I work out who have jobs and full schedule and workout three, four times a week, but I have personal reasons which I will not list on why I can’t make that commitment right now. Hopefully when matters sort out (a year at least), I will be able to make that commitment, and will change my routine.