I am 18 years old. Lifting for a month. I have wide shoulders and a slim waist, but due to losing 40 lbs recently I would consider myself skinny fat.
My main goal, is to look good naked. Obviously need to put on muscle mass as I don’t have much, but I dont want to get huge like body builders.
Everywhere I post, people argue about doing a program like SS, or just doing a split right away. A lot of people recommend strength programs but just as many have said that if looking good is my goal a split would be optimal. What do you guys think? Here is a picture of me currently. [/quote]
First of all, nobody gets huge like bodybuilders BY ACCIDENT. Getting to this point requires 10+ years of dedication, training at least 4 times a week and stuffing yourselves with the right foods - and even then, most people would never get there, so don’t worry.
Starting strength - much like 5x5, which is almost the same program - are good for a beginner because they increase the weight very rapidly. Somebody who just started out can get stronger very easily since there is untapped baseline potential. Once you are have a certain level of strength (let’s say benching bodyweight x 1.1 and deadlifting bodyweight x 2) you have the strength to do whatever you want productively.
If I were you, I would start doing a stronglifts 5x5 routine (www.stronglifts.com) but use the high bar squat (google it). Stick to this for 4-6 months, eat well (a tad more than you need to maintain weight, 0.7-1.2g protein/lbs bodyweight) and do deloads if you have to. Above all, be consistent. I always had the best results when I just followed a program to the letter and did not question things twice a week.