Edit: I thought this would be the most appropriate spot for this post but not 100% sure.
I have read almost every article link I could find on this forum and other websites. I have learned a lot about things I had no idea on before but I am still confused and could use some help if you are willing to give it.
Everyone seems to have a different opinion on everything. I know every person is different so I am looking for a good place to start(an avg. best type thing) and then go on from there and adjust everything to what is perfect for me.
I am 20 years old, weight 168 pounds, 5.10 and a half feet tall and what I would call between a hard gain and avg. Iíve worked out for about a year in the past four, I am extremely committed this time. Previously I didnít know much of anything about nutrition and was always kind of confused in the gym about what exercises to do, in which order and when.
I am looking to bulk up and start working out slow and then build up once my body gets back into it. First step in my mind is a good seven day eating plan for on and off days. I will be working out every second day to start at 5:30-6 for 1-1.25 hours.
So 6 meals a day
Big breakfast. Meals before the workout(protein/carbs/fats?)
Should I have a pre-workout shake?
What would I put in the shake(Milk, Whey Protein, Dextrose & Maltodextrin, Anti-Oxidants?)
During the workout should I just drink water?
2 gallons of water a day right?
I have read that its good to have a meal before I go to bed, but what would that consist of(slow acting carbs/fats or something?)
Should I do this on off days also?
What about creatine is it safe? I have read yes/ no and that it isnít tested properly yet(they donít know if it is horrible or very good for you?)
So many things in which everyone has a different opinion very confused.
As for the actual workout plan I am lost. It seems everyone has a different one for many reasons, I am going for strength/muscle size to start.
Once I get into it again should I pick it up from every second day?
How long should the cardio warm up be?
Can I do cardio on off days and still bulk? I want to stay in cardio shape.
I was reading you should change your rests between sets often?
Your reps/sets biweekly?
Should I make more then one workout routine to switch between each week?
LOTS of questions sorry. Thanks for reading this I just need a kick down the right path and with all the misinformation out there it is hard to know which path is best for me.