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    Just starting out after 9 years off - Backpacking Routine?

    Hi all,

    My first post here. Let me start off by saying that the last time I was in a gym was about 9 years ago, just before being discharged. I had spent roughly 8 years consistently in the gym prior to that between HS Football and the Marine Corps, so I'm comfortable around the free weights and machines in a gym and my technique is still solid, but with my time away, my body has changed, so I'm soliciting some advice from you all.

    I am 30 years old, and 190lbs. My diet consists of pretty much any and everything. I recently changed jobs, and my new employer provides a gym membership, so I finally have no excuse not to get back into shape. When I left the Marines, I was 22, and 165 pounds of lean muscle. I was doing tons of cardio in those days. A wife, kid, and a desk job later, that's not the case anymore.

    So, I'm looking for advice on getting back into a particular shape. I am an avid backpacker, so my main goal is to make my life easier on the trail when climbing a mountain with about 40 pounds on my back for 5+ miles at a stretch. A second goal is fairly ambigous: get in shape.

    I'm not so concerned about weight or bulk. I'm fine staying at 190 pounds if I can transform that weight into more muscle than fat.

    So, sorry to be long winded, but here are my questions:
    1. Can anyone recommend a good resource/ android app for diet information? I belive that is the core of my problem. Eating too much of the wrong thing.
    2. i want to build leg and back endurance more than raw burst strength. Other than the treadclimber (which i can quickly see becoming bored with), does anyone have any insight on other exercises to mix in?
    3. i am looking for an overall balanced workout, not just cutting or bulking. Off hand, can anyone suggest a decent routine to start out with, and adjust as i get back into the swing of things?


    Some exercises are obvious for backpacking, like squats, treadclimbers, etc. So I guess my overall goal is to stay the same height and weight, but drop my body fat and be overall stronger with more muscle endurance than I am today. I don't get winded on the trail, but my legs are screaming for mercy at the end of the day. I just went to the gym for the first time this week, but without any guidance or direction just yet, I feel like I'm just giving myself sore muscles for no specific reason.

    Thanks in advance everyone
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    Quote Originally Posted by USMCStang View Post
    A wife, kid, and a desk job later, that's not the case anymore.
    Life has a way of changing one's priorities. I can completely relate!

    Can anyone recommend a good resource/ android app for diet information? I belive that is the core of my problem. Eating too much of the wrong thing.
    Try MyFitnessPal: [URL="https://market.android.com/details?id=com.myfitnesspal.android&feature=search _result"]https://market.android.com/details?id=com.myfitnesspal.android&feature=search _result
    [/URL]SO far, its been the best for tracking diet. Not so great if you want to track calories burned though.

    i want to build leg and back endurance more than raw burst strength. Other than the treadclimber (which i can quickly see becoming bored with), does anyone have any insight on other exercises to mix in?
    Squats are king for leg strength. Don't think that squats will take away from endurance though. They've been key in my running. Definitely helped increase my endurance. I'd also look into calf raises. I prefer using a barbell versus the machines. Actually I prefer free weights over a machine for anything. As Mark Ripptoe put it in one of his videos "You could leg press, but that's gay". ([URL]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJFjYyA40ss[/URL]) Lastly, I like barbell good mornings for hamstrings. Just watch your form and go easy on the weight until you're used to them.

    i am looking for an overall balanced workout, not just cutting or bulking. Off hand, can anyone suggest a decent routine to start out with, and adjust as i get back into the swing of things?
    Well the routine has some impact on bulking or cutting, but your diet plays a part too. A simple strength building routine might be the best way to get started. That will help you rebuild your strength and since most are 3-4 days a week, you can ease into it. Look up these: Starting Strength, StrongLifts 5x5, MadCow 5x5. I would also check this one out: [URL]http://jefit.com/routines/workout-routine-database.php?id=2909[/URL] (READ the forum post linked in description) Simple IS better for getting going.

    Best of luck to you on this. Feel free to reach out anytime. Most of the time we're pretty friendly around here.
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