anyways, I'll copy/pasta some of my old advice, show some of my new and improved workout schedule that works about 10x what the old one did, and try to help as best I can with your questions and concerns
for the noobs... I've been working cardio/weights for a good 6 years straight with no breaks or restless procrastinating... this is where I cam from
it took about 2 years of pure 100% cardio to drop the 80lbs down to 170lbs (about 10 pants sizes)...
then afterwords I slowly gained 35lbs of pure muscle weight retaining the same waist size I had @ 170lbs with a carefully planned weight training routine that I winged out myself and slowly crept up in weight to now
I might also like to add that I've mentioned before being "huge" isn't something that is on my agenda... so any and all weight training advice I do give should be looked at as getting heavily toned, rather than getting huge
as said before... with the pop thing.... you shouldn't cut pop out completely... because sooner or later your body will break down and binge since it's used to it and craving (a friend of mine gets headaches when he deprives his body of caffeine).... give your body little amounts here and there to keep it happy (I do the same thing with my uber craving for ice cream, on the weekends I down a lot of it along with pizza and the lot and go back to eating regular during the week)... everyone should incorporate 1 or 2 cheat days into their schedule if they are abiding by a strict food intake and workout system, that way it can be a schedule that is livable... because lets face it, we all face days where chocalte, ice cream and cake after some pizza sounds like a plan, and a person that doesn't bake cupcakes on the weekend is just an empty shell XD
I have incorporated Superpump 250 into my workout and have seen IMMENSE amounts of energy boosts... to mentally WANT to workout before I even arrive at the gym... vitamin B packed pre-workout sups are a helpful hand on a lazy day for those of us that need it
now for the new routine... I have found to not focus as much on weight and double down with speed, technique and reps... I've seen HUGE improvement over and above just pushing out a low rep maxes weight 5-7 times on 3 sets... It's a very unorthodox routine but I end up only spending about a half an hour in the gym about 3-4 days a week, but in that half an hour I pump out 5 workouts, 5 sets a piece with 12,7,5,7,12 reps one after the other in rapid succession, as soon as the 12 reps are done I pick up 10-20lbs heavier (depending on the workout) and pop out 7 more reps, drop those pick up 10-20 MORE lbs and break out 5 reps of those.. then fold back over to 7 and 12 reps going back down in the weight by 10's/20's... after the entire set I don't take a break between each workout and fire directly through to the next one on my list... rinse and repeat until all 5 workouts for the given muscle group are done
THAT being said... if your goal is to lose weight first I wouldn't bother with weight training, or even situps or pushups for that matter... the biggest misconception with the age old sit-up and crunch routine is it will tone your abdominals and burn your fat at the same time... it won't... in essence it will tone your abdominals UNDERNEATH your fatty tissue and push your fat outwards making you look fatter... so the only way around fat is cardio and eating right... at least from my experience and the results I've seen
also, @ 23 years old it's getting harder to keep the shape, but it only makes me try harder and I only see improvements the harder it gets.... if there is one thing I learned through my fitness story it's the fact that if you were ever fat in your early years, and made a complete 180 and turned out to be very fit... you will never be fat again because it becomes a phobia not to become the thing you were... so you have THAT to look forward to after major results... remember that
I would also suggest that if you start something major and feel dedicated enough to go years... you should keep a picture log of your progress, I regret not taking more, it improves your will to continue
lol, I talk too much.... post your goals, routine, questions, concerns, pictures, etc, etc, etc... you guys have more than enough time to get a model mody before next acen, SO START EARLY AND PROFIT!
This post has been edited by Morbid Intentions: 19 June 2010 - 12:23 PM