Just needing a little motivation, advice and some constructive criticism as I'm a bit of a noob and don't have a training partner to discuss progress or workout programs with.
I decided to start lifting in July (picture attached shows pre-lifting physiqie of early July - apologies for lack of face), and spent most of that month in working out how all the equipment worked in the gym.
I then spent August and September doing a four day split program covering Chest, Back & Biceps, Legs, and Shoulders & Triceps (and starting each day with a compound move). I also wanted to cut some fat so ate 1800 calories per day and lost half a stone and a good chunk of my body fat %. I've attached a pic from August.
My goal in lifting weights was to put on a bit of size, ideally i'd like a swimmer's physique, though not liking swimming, weights is a much better option. Therefore, when October came, I decided to increase my calories to 3000 per day. I eat pretty well during the week, though i do have a couple of cheat days at the weekend which normally involve alcohol. This time of year it is just hard for me to avoid with my friends/colleagues. So my plan was to bulk up until New Year.
I also decided to change my workout program, having heard some people say they wish they strated with an SS type program. So since October I have worked out as follows:
BB Bench - 5 sets, pyramid
BB Squat - 5 sets, pyramid
BB Deadlift - 5 sets, pyramid
Pull Ups - 3 x 10
Dips - 3 x 10
Shrugs/Shoulder Press - 3 x 10
I also normally throw in some of the following: DB Curls, Cable Flys, DB Flys, Calf exercise
somtimes I will workout tues/thurs and do abs/calves, though not as much as I'd like.
I've attached a picture from end of October.
So...what I am wondering is, in line with my goals, do you guys think the change in plan is good, and if so shoiuld I stick with it just till NY or keep it running longer? Basically I've no idea how long to go with this full body work out prog and when to change to splits.
I've seen the best gains in my strength in the last month, I don't know my 1 Rep Max, but my 4 Rep Max has changed as follows:
Bench - 132lbs
Squat - 132lbs
Deadlift - 132lbs
Bench - 220lbs
Squat - 264lbs
Deadlift - 286lbs
Appreciate any comments/thoughts on my progress and where to go with my workout programs. Appreciate that I'll need to cut out my double cheat days come New Year.