I've decided to make a training log for various reasons, one being that other readers can understand the background to any questions I might ask in the future. Hopefully my learning curve can be of use to other new or late starters too.
First some history. I've always been very skinny at a height of 5'9ish. People always told me I would fill out when i reached 16, 18, 21, 25, 30... Well it never happened. So at the age of 30 I really started to notice and care about the fact I was very unfit, and weak as a kitten. At the age of 30 and a weight of 120 pounds, I decided to do something about it all.
I decided to start running initially, and found I could only do half a mile before feeling like dying. I bought a fitness book, which gave a strategy on building up endurance. Long story short, I built up to running a 10k distance, or 6 miles. Thats until my knee seized solid from the cheap trainers I had! I now have proper fitted running trainers and can cover distance again.
But I was still skinny. This book had a brief section on weight training, and at the same time a local gym next to work had a half price for 3 years contract offer on. I bought it and the rest is history.
My initial and seemingly fantasy goal was to be a mighty 10 stone - 140 pounds! What I really wanted to do was look like an adult male, rather than someone too ashamed to remove a t-shirt in public. A friend gave me a copy of beyond brawn by stuart mcrobert, a mighty volume! I tried to apply this, but also paid for routines from the gyms resident trainer. Then internet forum discoveries were made...
Over the last 3 years I've tried 1,2,3,4 and 5 day a week routines. full body, push/pull, push/pull/legs 5x5, dorian yates etc. My quickest and earliest gains were made on 1 or 2 day a week full body routines, and they got me to 150 soft pounds.