I have been reading these forums for about 1 month now, as well as the rest of T-Nation, and I have learned so much. I am also very confused.
I am 28 years old, am 5'10' and weigh 240 pounds. I recently started lifting and I am really enjoying myself and I seem to be making some true gains. My confusion comes about when I think about my goals. My primary goal is to lose weight (i.e get leaner by decreasing body fat and increasing muscle)
But I would also like to increase my strength (I seem to be way weaker than most people. i.e. I can't even hold my 2 year old son for more than a few minutes before "failing") and I would also like to "look" in shape. Are these 3 goals mutually exclusive? Do they have to be attacked in stages? I also train Muay Thai kickboxing. Is this detrimental to my goals? Is Muay thai considered Cardio? Is it HIIT?
Further, everyday on T-Nation it seems as if there are wildly divergent opinions on how to train. Some say only compound movements, some say isolation is key. Some say lift heavy for low reps, some say low weight for high reps. All in all I just don't have a clear picture of how I should be proceeding. I realize it will take time, but I am hoping to get some concrete direction for my journey.