OK, I have read all of the Beginner threads, the Phoenix Theory and the T-Dawg Diet, bookmarked them, digested them and taken on their principles.
I faithfully swear to lower carbs, remove High Fructose Garbage Syrup and lift weights correctly and patiently. I will not rush/complain/bitch/moan or blame anyone else.
That’s my pledge.
I am also going to begin a training/dieting log.
But I have a few questions which are specific to me:
I am coming back from a long term injury (more details below), I stand 6 foot tall and weight 216 Lbs. Almost all of my excess weight is stored around the midsection. My vices up until last week were Coca Cola and Haribo. I don’t drink alchohol.
Here are my points
- The Lack of cardio
I work in a profession which requires an above average amount of cardiovascular ability, specifically running, often best effort for 2 miles in under 11 minutes.
How do I reconcile this with the training principles from these workout programs? Cardio is strictly limited. I don’t want to overtrain but I do want to work the heart a fair bit.
- Lower Right Tibia
In the last 15 months I have fractured my lower right tibia three times from (it seems) overtraining and Thai Boxing. My wife found a link between excessive Coca Cola consumption and weakened bones. Considering I was drinking 2-3 litres of the stuff almost daily since I was 12 maybe that has something to do with my ‘crepe paper legs’. But still…I want to avoid injury and strengthen my lower limbs as much as possible. Any suggestions?
- Muscle imbalances.
Having conducted the Beginners program for a week I have found myself in an odd situation.
I can comfortably Bench Press 70KG for 3 sets of 12 reps and I mean comfortably - my 36th rep is fine with no undue effort…BUT…if I increase to 80kg I actually struggle to hit even 10 reps on the first set. Is there something wrong with me or my technique??
- Becoming a dad
This is a no brainer but my wife is due to give birth in 3 weeks and it’s our first. This is the primary reason for turning my terrible dietary habits around and working out. I want to set a good example and live a fuller life unlike my own parents.
Where do you squeeze in time for fatherhood, work, training and marriage?
So those are the big 4 from this newbie.
- How do I maintain a strong cardio base?
- How do I strengthen/protect my tibia?
- What’s up with my Bench Press?
- How do you find the time?
Please be kind, it’s my first post and I am taking in everything this site has to offer.