I’m 6’1 198 been training very intensely for 2 months, 5 months on and off before that with much less vigor, I was never athletic other than swimming before lifting. In this 2 months I have lost 19 pounds all fat, doubled to tripled most lifts and had noticeable muscle growth despite the fat covering it. I still have a lot of fat to lose, probably like 25 more pounds although 10 would put me in the healthy weight range with my height and body type (wide shoulders/back/chest).
I have read all of the articles and posts of the experienced athletes on tnation and also months ago Arnold’s classic New Encyclopedia for Bodybuilding, and all of my weight training practices and results have been the result of applying what I have learned from these sources.
For my workout, I have also alternated between long weight training days of 60+ minutes and normal ones of 45-60 minutes with some short days mixed in, but I have lifted 5-6 days a week and done 30-90 minutes of cardio (mostly biking) a day consistently in that time frame.
For supplementation all I have used is fish oil and HOT-ROX ( as well as a multivitamin, HOT-ROX, and tons and tons of protein powders). I recently ordered BCAAs, Beta-7, some other stuff from T-Nation that will arrive in the mail today although I don’t know if I will need all of these.
By the end of Febuary I am confident without any doubt that I will be lean and have little excess fat.
So, at that point I want to switch from bodybuilding to pure strength training. I dont want to be huge. I want to be as small as possible with extremely strong, dense muscles. I’ve already decided martial arts is one thing I will start doing to facilitate this process.
I have extreme discipline, good genetics (v strong father), and my occupation allots me a lot of time. What should I be doing to acheive my goals and find out what my genetic maximum is and reach it? Anything I should be changing up now in my weight loss/slight muscle gain period? New books I should read? Change in supplements?
If the answer is a read a book and hire an extremely good trainer, then I am willing to do that. money is no an issue, commitment is not an issue, the issue is with my body and what it is capable of and what I need to do to stimulate it to its maximum potential.
I know that many of these answers are in this forum, but I haven’t been able to read every post and was hoping people would be willing to comment on my specific situation, sorry if I am asking too much here, just point me in the right direction please.
Thanks for all who took the time to read this, I really appreciate you experienced athletes taking the time to help a beginner with big aspirations.