New Member and Beginner trying to choose 12-Week Introductory Workout plan.

  • GayGuardBoy

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    Jan 28, 2013 11:03 PM GMT
    Hello everyone,

    This is my first thread and first post as a new member here. I recently joined in an attempt to be part of a community, that way I could get some feedback and support as I attempt to build up a fitness and strength training routine. A little background about me: I'm a long time competitive swimmer who hasn't competed in several years now. As such, I could design swim workouts for nearly any swimmer, but I unfortunately know nothing about the gym. I want to get back into shape and I was looking at starting at one of the 12-week programs. To give you all an idea of my current stats, I'm 6'0'', about 180 lbs, about a 32 waist and a 40'' chest. I tried uploading a photo of myself but I'm not sure when it will clear. My goals are to build more lean muscle and cut down on the percentage of body fat. I was wondering for these goals which program you would recommend? I figured the 12-week programs would be easy to follow, since I don't have any previous experience and they lay everything out for you on each day. Does anyone have any other recommendations instead? I've also heard good things about the "Spartacus" workout and "Starting Strength". If you can see my photo, judging from what I'm working with now, what would you guys recommend?

    Thanks for your time and patience. And I'm sorry for posting what a million other guys must be posting.
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    Jan 29, 2013 1:19 AM GMT
    The way I read the descriptions, the "strength foundation" program is for people starting at couch-potato level. The "muscle building" program is for people starting at a more athletic level.

    I'm on week 5 of the "strong and lean" program, which sounds in line with your goals. The first few weeks are not terribly strenuous (I suspect the programs all build intensity over time.) However, there are an awful lot of different exercises in there that can take a long time to figure out if you haven't done them before.