26/m never been in great shape checking in here. I decided (once more) to get in shape for the new academic year, and have been going to the gym and running for a few weeks now. Nothing special, but turning up is half the battle and whatnot. At the moment I’m running/walking when I can’t run no more 30minx3 times a week, and a short light weights session 2 times a week.
I’ve always been a skinny guy, and my favoured activities are almost exclusively lower-body intensive: snowboarding, hillwalking, cycling etc. I am in reasonable shape- I went up helvellyn and snowdon over the summer, if that means anything to you. So I’m not fat, but neither am I fit. My problem? I have very skinny arms and a bad chest … and now I’m leaving my hyper-metabolism youth I’m getting a beer gut and love handles. Oh no, gym time.
Ideally, what I want to do is bulk up my arms/chest and lose the gut … but these seem to be slightly contradictory aims, from what little I understand?
Want to lose fat? Ok, reduce calorie intake and run.
Want to gain muscle? Ok, eat protein and lift weights.
Is there a middle path? I don’t want to get ‘ripped’ or anything, but I would like decently muscular arms and the beginnings of a sixpack by, say, the end of this academic year. Unrealistic?
Oh and a related problem… when I get back from the gym I’m ravenous. Probably eat more in calories then than I burn off during my visit. Maybe I should investigate protein shakes? Last night I was stuffing couscous into my mouth after getting back at 10pm, hardly a healthy plan I suspect!
Any advice greatly appreciated…