I posted a few weeks back asking for advice on the right training program for my level. I got some good feedback and have been working with the Stronglifts program. I've made good gains - 2.4lbs gained in 18 days (180.4lbs), all measurements have increased (chest 3/4", legs 1/2", arms 1/8", neck 1/4") except my waist, which is slightly smaller than it was when I started. All good stuff.
I recently applied to join the army reserve (UK), and I started Stronglifts thinking I would probably have 'til after Xmas to put on some muscle, and could then transition to a more balanced strength AND fitness program. I've had a call this morning from the recruiter, suggesting that it could be as soon as 6 weeks time that I go for my initial selection, which will involve a fitness test. I'm confident that on my worst day I could pass army boot camp with the minimum scores, but I'm looking to join a specialist unit with interesting opportunities to work with other specialist units, where physical conditioning is at a premium. I would like my record from the start to show me as a stand out physical performer.
There will be further physical tests over the next few months, and physical fitness will be a primary concern from now on. I would like to continue gaining muscle and strength, but this will have to be done whilst simultaneously developing and maintaining a very high level of 'cardio'.
dagill2 asked me in my last thread to state my priorities, and the order I gave will have to change now to:
Fat loss (don't need to do any)
I don't want Stronglifts to interfere with getting into great physical condition, however, I think it would be a disadvantage to cut weight training out of my schedule. I am a novice in matters of strength training, and have no idea what toll stronglifts & squatting 3x/week will take on my ability to develop very high levels of conditioning, although I can guess based on feedback from my sessions so far that this program will take some recovering from in the next month or so.
It's obviously a long and rambling post, but I don't want to be thought of as a program hopper, or someone who can't stick to the message. Unfortunately, priorities change, and I'm basically looking for as much input as possible on my programming for the next few months, as I'm fairly clueless.