I have been a long time reader of articles and posts and have enjoyed this website immensely. I thank all the people who contribute to the wealth of information that has accumulated here over the time I have been a member.
I need some direction (or plan) and have been confused by all the information out there. Some articles say to do this and not that while others state the opposite. I find it hard to make an informed decision with all the conflicting information.
I am a 34 year male. 6' 1" and 207 lbs. I do not know what my body fat % is, but it is higher than I want it to be. I have been active "almost" my entire life. The only time I was not is in college where I became overweight and inactive.
Since then I have used many of the lifting and cardio programs that the popular muscle mags have prescribed with lack luster results (which has caused me to give it up several times only to start it up again).
One day I came across the AST website and the Max-OT program. I thought that it would be a good change of pace and hoped that it would produce results, so I started in. With it I have seen good results increasing my strength and size and body composition, which is good.
I have also cleaned uo my eating habits and think I eat a well-rounded diet (6 to 7 meals a day with at least 20 to 30 grams of protien, low glycemic carbs, fruits and veg.). The problem is that I do not believe it is getting me toward my goal.
My goal is to be "athletic". My view of athletic is one of functional performance of being well rounded. Being able to perform at any sport or activity. I would also like to be strong, muscular and cut.
My question is: What are the best option(s) or program(s) I can implement to achieve the results I am looking for? What would be a good combination of lifting, cardio, and polymetrics, etc.? I realize that one can not have it all, but I would like to try. I know there are individuals out there that have this goal or have achieved this - please help.