Ive decided to return to working out and would just like to ask several questions and get some advice.
I’m 18, I’m not very active, i don’t play any sports, i am at uni most days and I hate being unable to play ball sports. I have terrible eyesight so my hand eye coordination is really bad. Although, i have specs and contact lenses my eyesight is still poor. So I’ve decided to stick to gyming.
I want to look like a sprinter or have a similar physique. I’ve never looked athletic, so that would lead to a big increase in my self-esteem and confidence because i rarely think good things about my body, even though I’m not a bad looking guy. Anyways onto the question.
First, What is the best way to ease back into training? i am unconditioned, my muscles look soft, although i look thin with clothing i tend to carry a lot of fat around the stomach and hips.
During my end of school break before uni i started doing high intensity interval training, although with no weights, i still lost 5 kg, however, none of it seems to be stomach fat, perhaps muscle and some fat off my hips.
Currently, ive been winging it at the gym, going four times a week and doing compound movements. Ive always looked very soft even when i trained consistently for two years, during years 10 and 11. Although, i gained muscle and strength i tended to look fat and soft.
Second, any program recommendations? i tend to get bored really easily and i am thinking of creating a program with varying reps and sets in each workout, and maybe even a variety of different training equipment throughout the week. Maybe gym + home workouts + heavy band training? just refer me to an article or perhaps a good book.
I have the book starting strength and i do deadlift, overhead, rows and squat, however, I’m afraid to learn and perform the Olympic movements on my own. It also takes me a while to increase my poundages and strength.
Third, this may seem like a strange observation but I’ve always felt that my shoulders, particularly my left, feels very lose and flexible and is difficult to stabalise. Like, when i do supinated chins my shoulders feel uncomfortable and i sometimes gets pains in my left shoulder. However, if i do pullups they seem fine but i still cant stabalise them properly when doing the exercise.
It was even worse when i tried dips today, i lifted myself up comfortably, but it felt so unstable and i just kept shaking, and whenever i slightly leaned forward to do the exercise after my reps were finished and i got of the dip station i would get this sudden pain in my shoulders after each set.
Additionally, i always hear popping and clicking sounds in my shoulder. The strange thing is - I’ve had an x-ray and ultrasound of both shoulders and they are perfectly normal. Perhaps its because my muscles grow at a faster rate than my tendons and my tendons and joints aren’t use to the stress so i should do more tendon strengthening exercises if there is such a thing or spend more time on a given poundage before i add more weight?
Fourthly, Can i get linked to a proper warm up and stenching program i can perform in confluence with my routine.
Thanks in advance and sorry for such an extensive post.