It's been about 3 years since I have lifted and I am pretty out of shape now. I am 6'1" roughly 225lbs and I would guess around 25-28% body fat. I have always had a hard time gaining muscle. (Not blaming genetics, just lack of knowledge, ambition and diet). I tired the BFL stuff about 4 years ago and didn't see much muscle gains with that, however I did lose about 25lbs in 12 weeks. Here is my main question that I will follow up with a concern.
I have read through the beginners thread and was just curious which lifting program would be the best to start off with. My goal is to gain as much muscle as I can until I feel comfortable enough to run through a cutting phase. My concern is that when I do lift weights my forearms will start to burn and swell which causes me to stop before I feel ready to. Also, just doing stuff like massaging really makes them burn. Not a good burn (a painfull I need to stop burn). I work on a computer all day which I think is part of the cause (can't change that for now). Any advice on either of these situations is greatly appreciated. Thank you!