Ok, let me mention first that I had a completely different goal last year when I started lifting than I do this year. Last year I just wanted to go from being horribly skinny and unhealthy looking to looking average for my height. However, since I've seen how much confidence I've gotten, my goal is now to seriously get into weightlifting and actually get big. I've made tremendous progress and I'm really proud of myself, but now I know I have a tough road ahead of me.
For the past year as I said, I honestly didn't take weightlifting too seriously. I've always benched since I started, but I never did deadlifts or squats. At the risk of sounding like a total pussy, I'm actually afraid of doing squats(falling backwards, knee giving out, etc.) And I refuse to use the Smith machine for squats because it looks so incredibly gay using it for them. There is a machine where you load weight onto each side and then have two pads on each shoulder and do squats standing on a slant. I don't know how good that is, but obviously not as good as real squats.
Overall, I did stuff like DB curls, bench press, cable rows, leg press, leg extension, chest cables, etc. splitting it up 3 days a week. I was fortunate enough to get really good newbie gains doing this.
However, it's gotten to the point where I haven't seen gains in quite a while. My bench shot up big time since I started but has been the same for months and months. I guess you get to a certain point after newbie gains that have to take it seriously(which I haven't) to get further gains. Plus when you don't change things up, that can't help either.
So yeah, I'm hoping you guys can recommend a good program to start the next level for me...getting big. My legs are very long and very much lagging compared to my upper body, so getting them bigger is a key thing for me. But obviously I want to get bigger overall.
As far as diet goes, I'm still very confused over the whole debate about bulking and cutting. Some people on here say it's a waste of time to bulk and cut...saying it's a lot better to bulk slowly and put on a little weight as possible and then not have to cut...or something like that. I think Belial was the one I remember saying this. I've been on a bulk pretty much for a year and still could continue on one. I have about 25 more pounds I'd like to gain yet.
I did buy that book UD2.0 and was so overwelmed by the advanced stuff and technical terms in the book that I actually fell asleep 20 pages into it. I had no clue what I was reading whatsoever. Someone on the forums was nice enough to send me the jist of the book in lamens terms, which helped a bit. I'd like to use that diet program after I gain another 20-25 pounds and maintain my weight while losing bodyfat....as I understand is possible using that program in the book.
Anyway, please help with a good routine for me if you can. I've heard good things about that Bill Starr 5x5...do you think that's a good thing to start with?