Thanks Family for the encouragement and positive feed back.
Research is limited and I don't know that I don't know so it's hard to search for good information. What makes sense to me is that I am breaking down my muscles and my body says "Oh shit, this some bitch is doing crap he hasn't done, we need to be ready for the next time" so it builds more muscle or basically heals. So exertion is only half the battle, there is rest and recovery. Lifting doesn't per sey build muscle, the rest does.
Right. You win a cookie.
I've been workin like a whore on nickle night
doing push ups and pull ups when ever I can find time, but I think it may be working against me.
Right again. Cookie time.
Not to mention if my body doesn't have what it needs to build muscle during that process it's not doing it effieceintly as well. So nutrition is also a factor not only what I eat but maybe when I eat.
If my body is digesting what I give it when it should be utilizing than I'm fighting. If it's available when it's not needing it than it would store it correct?
I could be storing fat even though I am trying to burn it. There has to be some sort of data that says if you eat x food at y time it's available at z moment for maximum process. OR am I overcomplicating things?
Nope, and you're accumulating a lot of cookies.
it just makes sense if i eat a protein source it takes time and digestion for it to become useable for my body. You can't drink a gallon of water then run a marathon thinking that it will run like a car.
Just some blathering I guess but I don't want to put in all this effort then not get maximum results I would like to devise a way to eat for nutrition and maximum utilization. Any thoughts?
For a guy who professes not to know what he's doing, you've sure got a big pile of cookies. In a nutshell, yes, there are general rules but everyone's different so tweaking those rules to optimize your experience will be most of your work...other than the actual sweating and lifting, of course. You'll get some differing info in response to your food queries, so start with whatever seems to make sense to you and go from there. The brain and body can only learn so much so fast so don't worry about downloading it all overnight.
On the resting, there is one pretty hard and fast rule: muscles need approximately 48 hours to fully recover from a workout that tires them. Working legs, for instance, two days in a row, hard, means the first day you broke down your muscles and the second day you destroyed your gains. It's the reason I don't do legs the day before or after a hike. You will use certain muscles again and again to assist certain moves (your forearms and grip are in use 24/7) but there's a difference between assisting and targeting them specifically.
Doing a few pushups as a warmup on a daily basis isn't going to hurt anything if you enjoy it but if your goal is muscle growth, it makes sense to incorporate them into a periodic split and leave them there. A split is a schedule where the weight lifter divides up his or her routine into portions to give each area rest time to optimize their results. They can go by body area (back day, chest day, leg day) or specific muscle groups (triceps/back/neck day, biceps/delts/forearm day) or even the type of motion required (pushing day, pulling day). Then, they spread it out according to the time they have to lift and how intense they will be working the split (three day split, five day split, morning/evening split). Within each split is a system of reps and sets. Reps (repetitions) are the individual times you execute a lifting maneuver within a set. Usually, the lower the reps, the higher the weight used. That's for powerlifters; they tend to do between one and six reps. When you use light weights for very high reps (15-40 per set), you're training your body for endurance stuff, like triathlons, etc. Your muscles won't get large but they'll hold up over the long haul. Bodybuilders inhabit the midrange and they perform the most delicate balancing act of all three: doing just enough weight at just enough reps at exactly the right time to keep the muscles growing steadily without doing undesirable damage. That beautiful sweet spot of bulging chest, arms, and legs tends to lie in the 3-5 set, 8-12 reps range.
Start by seriously deciding how may days a week you are able to lift and how many minutes a day you'll have to do it. Be honest with yourself. Better to start slow and be a gradual success than screw the pooch and wind up back where you started in a twitching pile of frustration, guilt, and DOMS. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delayed_on ... e_soreness
Also, doing fewer moves well is far more effective than blasting through a long program of bad form. Pick up one exercise for each muscle, practice it in your split until you can execute it perfectly like a robot and the weight feels too light, then experiment with more weight and additional moves. Just start somewhere, try it for a few weeks or a month, then reevaluate. Tweak, repeat.
Articles on types of splits: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/bbinfo. ... ningsplits
Baby Herc, off to Pushing Day