Hi all, I've recently decided to give training another shot after being away from training for several years due to lake of money and moving around a lot.
I'm 5'9, 188 lbs and age 34 and starting to feel pretty unfit to be honest.
I used to train with 3 x 8 reps or 3 x 10 reps years back, but I keep seeing articles suggesting the size benefits of doing less reps with heavier weights, I have been messing around with One Rep Maximums today and was wondering what percentage of my ORM should I be starting with for a 3 x 5 rep routine?
Also how well rated is this low rep, high weight training, would you recommend this type of training.
My Goal is obviously to get bigger but with good tone, I also should add that my daily work requires about 6 hours of lifting (approx. 15-20 kg items), carrying and lots of walking. I'm not sure if my work is going to be a negative thing or good for my toning.
Also I'm not too fused about my legs, I walk and carry loads so my legs are pretty toned and muscular already, so I'm really only thinking of training upper body, or is that a bad thing?
Any suggestions from experienced body builders or other novices welcome
Read the starting strength thread and follow that routine.
Point taken. My problem is that I'm home training at the moment and I don't have the equipment to do squats safely. But I'm looking to buy more stuff so i will think seriously about getting a squat stand.If you want to build muscle, you are doing yourself a diservice by not including squats and deadlifts. PERIOD.
As above I don't go to the gym at the moment, maybe i need to join a good one soon. but for the time being I will use that routine but adapt it using the equipment i have available at present.Read the starting strength thread and follow that routine.
Thanks for the link.