Hey guys and gals. Here's my story. I've decided to get serious about getting my body and health in better shape. This isn't some sort of New Years Resolution that won't last a week. I'm tired of being overweight and fat and I want to transform my body and mind with weightlifting. Here's a little background.
I'm 34/m who is 6'3" and my weight hovers around 290-295 currently, so I'm much fatter than what I need to be. I used to lift weights in high school and off and on in college. I got serious about lifting again in graduate school. So I started eating better and working out. I didn't really have the information that I've gained access to on these forums and I realized my training regiments sucked back then (we never did deadlifts for starters). I was using an olympic width bench but it didn't have any spotters built in. I stopped lifting because I like to lift at home and alone and I got caught under the bar twice while benching and it messed with my mind and I essentially gave up because I didn't know what to do and didn't have anyone to ask back then. I was ignorant at the time and didn't realize there was this thing called a "rack" or "cage" that didn't have to cost several 1000's of dollars.
I've researched and read the FAQ's etc. but I've been reading the WBB forums for about a month and I'm getting to the point where the information is blurring together and I can't keep it straight. So forgive me for asking questions that might have been asked 100's of times.
I'm in the process of purchasing my setup. I can't go and buy everything at once especially with the holidays approaching and I'm not a big credit card user. Here's what I'm planning to purchase based on reading the WBB forum.
1) 300 pound Olympic Weight set and add additional weight later as needed.
2) A rack with spotters in addition that will allow me to do chinups/pullups and dips.
3) A flat bench, since I don't know how much incline/decline presses I'll be doing. Plus, I like the stability of the flat bench.
Is this a good set up to start with? Is there any other "essential" equipment I'll need?
Now, comes a tougher part for me. My research on the forum has lead me to conclude that one cannot seriously loose a lot of weight (fat) and bulk up (muscle) at the same time. So I have three options bulk, cut or I think it's called "body recomposition" where you essentially trade fat weight for muscle. Since I'm starting fresh I don't know which I need to do. I read that when you start lifting that the beginning is the best opportunity in your lifting life to build mass. I don't want to loose this opportunity but I realize I'm 290-295 so I need to loose weight too. I read that I can go for "body recomposition" but it's a delicate balancing act that is difficult to achieve.
Any advice for what I should be doing to start (cut, bulk, recomp)?
I have a decent understanding of diet and I'm going to use the WBB Routine #1 to start with. So I think I'm ok there for now.
Any other thoughts or advice for me?