Well, this is my first post on T-Nation, and probably one that is long overdue. As both my username and thread title explain, I am your typical average guy. From my average physique, to my average fiancee’ (just joking honey), and my average income, I’m just all round average.
But in the last couple of months I have come to the realisation that I’m not content with just being another ‘Mr. Average’, I want more. I need to change my physique, get ‘fit’ and healthy and finally feel better about myself…I seriously was joking about the missus
So as of 2 months ago, I started eating ‘healthier’. I said goodbye to Macca’s and just general all round overeating/ eating bad shite. I was 85kg (I’m 177cm tall or 5"9) with most of my excess weight around the mid section (told you I was Mr. Average). So over the last 2 months of eating ‘better’, cutting down calories, eating more protein, and working out (both lifting and cardio), I lost 5kg.
So I’m now roughly 80kg (btw I’m 23) and feeling a little better about my mid section, but I want more. Truth be told, I don’t want to be massive (of course no harm in wanting that, it just isn’t my ‘thing’), but rather, want more bulk but at the same time I want really good definition (yes it sounds corny).
So over the last few days, I have been reading (a lot) from many different authors on T-Nation, and the general consensus is that aerobic exercise (running/swimming etc) negates the benefits of lifting (strength/mass etc ) and vice-versa. Though upon reading ‘Black book of training secrets’ by Christian Thibaudeau, this author/trainer seemed to have some great techniques for maintaining the strength/mass of lifting, whilst obtaining the benefits of high intensity aerobic activity (increased fat loss/endurance). These techniques included 400m sprints, interval running and interval build-up running (i assume the same general techniques could be applied to swimming etc?).
So what this giant rant all boils down to is, can I incorporate these sorts of techniques into a lifting program and hope to reap the benefits of each?
I also need help in building a program to obtain my goals, and generally don’t know where to start, even though I have been reading about all this stuff? I guess I just need a kick up the arse…
Anyway, will be home later tonight, so will have the opportunity to read some comments by the experienced and knowledgeable T-Nation community. Thanks for your time.
Regards, Mr. Average