Hey T-Nation. I am new to the whole body building world. I have never really worked out before in my life. I grew up in a country where people have very little knowledge about body building. After coming to America and looking at such huge guys, I got really interested.
I’ve been on this website for the past 1 month reading what everyone has written and just getting myself in good enough shape to start working out properly. So far I did:
For 6 weeks I did whole body work out with medium weights to just get my body used to the idea of working out. I did a lot cardio to get rid of unnecessary fat. My aim was to just get my body into shape.
After that, I did one 8 week cycle. I was taking Whey protein and vitamins. I was lifting moderately heavy weights and still doing a lot of cardio. By the end of this 8 week cycle I saw a big difference. I started feeling stronger. Could see my body getting some sort of shape. I was a chubby guy and lost most of my fat. Went down from 188 lbs to 170 lbs.
My aim for this cycle was to get myself good enough to start working out hard.
Now I have just started my first bulking cycle. I am taking the following supplements:
Creatine (which I plan to cycle, and only take for 4 weeks in a cycle), L glutamine, Whey, Weight Gainer, Vitamins and Minerals.
Im doing 1 body part/day. 3 exercises/body part 3-4 sets of 5 reps with as heavy weights as I can lift.
I mix in abs 3x/week and do fat burning on the stair master in my fat burning zone (with a heart rate monitor) about twice a week (Is this fine?)
My aim for this cycle is to just build my stregnth up as much as I can. I’m 21 years old. 170 lbs (177 right now because of creatine). My stats as of now (completed 3 weeks) are for 5 reps:
Dumbell Press 70 lbs dumbells x5
Squat 275 lbs x5
Deadlift 245 lbs x5
I’ve been reading a lot on T nation lately and what i’ve gathered so far is that I need to just keep on putting mass before anything. I plan to continue bulking till I hit about 230 lbs. I know its going to take a long time but i’m willing to go the whole way.
I’m completely focused and willing to put in whatever it takes. For my bulking diet right now, I eat my regular 3 meals/day. Ontop of that I have 2 other meals which are 1/2 serving of weight gainer each and then I take 2 servings of whey protein.
This comes to 7 meals/day. I take my meals with 1.5 - 3 hour gaps. I get around 1.5 g of protein/pound of body wight.
My questions to you are:
Am i bulking right? If yes, how long will I need to keep on going with bulking till I hit about say 200 lbs? I know 230 will take a while but just about how long does it take of strict diet and hard exercising to really put on weight?
I’m cycling creatine. Is that right?
I plan to change up my exercises every 8 weeks and not have the two same exercises for 2 cycles in a row. But I do plan to keep lifting heavy. Is this right?
I know my body is not at all developed and definately nothing close to T nation standards. But i’m just starting out and I thought what better site to start out than here. I’ve read a lot on my own and I plan to do everything the right way.
If there is any advise you guys can give me it would be highly appreciated. I will keep you guys posted with my progress over the months and years.
I’m sure most of you have been there done that, and just sharing how you guys did it starting out would be of great help! Thank you in advance.
ps. In these pics I weight 177 lbs. I think 7 pounds of it is creatine because i just put this on in the past 3 weeks. I was 170 when i started this cycle. Also this is the last week i’m on creatrine and then i stop.