So I've posted here before a bit and got some great advice. I have a couple of questions.
I've had a general lack of motivation. I was working out every day with my roomies but they've entered the baseball season and have both stopped because they say it's not good to lift during the season. I find it hard for myself to go after class by myself, so I'm thinking of going at like 7 am, the same time I woke up for my job this summer, so I know I'm capable of getting up and not being dead.
6 foot, maybe 6 foot 1 inch
21 (almost 22) years of age
I've tried drinking more crystal light (can't put plain water down, so CL in my opinion is a much better sub to all the juice I used to drink) than juice, milk, etc. Been eating more chicken and yogurt. Frozen veggies, that I can steam (I find myself tossing in one of those 3ish cup bags of corn in the microwave for 5 mins as a good snack/meal, is this bad?).
1. I want to do more lifting (I'm a big guy and I know cardio is good and all, but I was doing cardio a lot and didn't really notice any differences even with diet changes. I know the changes are internal more than external, my heart is getting a good workout. I've read that doing cardio prior to a workout can inhibit the muscles in their workout (read that in a Men's Health, I believe). So I was thinking of starting off lifting and ending with 20-30 mins of cardio. Would this be worse than cardio first, lifting second? I want to have the maximum results, obviously, and want to do what's best for my body.
2. I'm going to be looking through a couple books I have (Gold's Gym, mens health lifting, etc) to get some ideas for lifts, and I know some of the crucial ones are squats, bench, dead lift etc. I'm going to try to spread it out so I do different groups each day (5 days a week). Any suggestions on good workouts for the general muscle groups? I have a list of stuff that seems to consistenly come out on this forums, but i was hoping some might suggest some main ones, where I can sub in different optional ones to my liking. I'm going to try to lift for 35, cardio for 20-25.
3. I've read about HIIT but I'm still a bit unclear as to how to do it. I know its High Intensity Interval Training, but could someone suggest some techniques that I could do? My size limits me a lot on running/jogging/walking because of my knees, so the bike would probably be the best for now. Obviously this is going to change as I drop.
That's all I can think of for now, I'm sure I'll think of something else and will add that.