Hello gents, i'm Dave, 32 from Manchester but don't hold that against me!
I've just started training with weights and am after some advice if possible, I'm after bulking up a bit and losing a bit of fat. I've always been fairly athletic but quit football a couple of years ago so exercise wise am fairly inactive at the moment (other than weights), I intend to pick up a bike and rowing machine shortly for some cardio.
I workout at home, mainly from a range of dumbells, max weight of each at the moment is 15kg, although I've just ordered a some more to take that to 25kg per dumbell. Truth is I don't get much time with work and a young family to get to the gym and I tend to work all over the country and dumbells I can take with me.
For the last 5-6 weeks I've been doing a session every 5-7 days. This normally includes 3 sets of whatever im doing with reps to failure. I've started with dumbell rows, shoulder presses, bench press, dips or press ups and bicep or hammer curls (I hope these names are obvious). I tend to do them all in the same session. I also tend to not change the weights very much so the 15kg for each dumbell I tend to use for all. I can't do many bicep curls with this weight but I think I need to go a bit heavier for bench pressing.
Even after this short time my shoulders, chest and back is starting to look a bit more defined and I've lost part of the little fat I had but I don't seem to be getting any growth. I suspect it may be my diet. I also think my arms are a bit skinny for my body with my forearms particularly so, by the time I've done the above sets when I get to the arms at the end, there doesnt seem to be much left in them for a proper workout. I usually end up aching slightly in the chest, back and shoulders for the next day or two but never in the arms, I don't know whether this means they aren't getting the proper workout they need.
Diet wise, a normal day consists of
Breakfast 9am- Milkshake 150ml gaspari myofusion
Lunch 12 ish- Sandwich, chicken & bacon, egg mayo or some other conveniently packaged thing! Fruit juice.
Dinner 6 ish- tends to be meat and two veg type stuff, cottage pie, pasta, lasagne- that kind of stuff.
I also tend to eat a few bits of fruit through the day and 3 or 4 times a week i'm partial to a couple of JD & cokes in the evening.
I won't have the option of the gym, so equipment wise I'm stuck with dumbells and a bench. If long bars are useful I'll pick some up and any other basic equipment that won't take up too much space.
So yeah, please feel free to ask any questions if you need more info and thanks in advance for any advice!