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Salute to everyone, I am 27 years old and up until this age I had been through two body transformations. The first one occurred in high school when I gradually started to reshape my body from skinny and athletic to muscularity. I was a professional swimmer for years and then I switched to gym and weightlifting at 16. I did it for a couple of years till I quit everything and became sedentary for another couple of years. Once I was able to swim 12 km a day and then after I lost my physical condition, I wasn't even able to jog more than 4 km. After this period I got pretty fat and thus, I started to run for almost an entire year to get rid of about 10 kg of stored fat. I've become skinny again weighing 72 kg. This turning point was crucial because in absence of any money, I needed to do something to gain mass, pure muscles. Weightlifting was simply out of the question and at that point, I also get tired of the egocentric people therein. Therefore, outdoors training suddenly became my religion. I started to workout everywhere I could around the city, regardless of how the environment looked or what it had to offer. I improvised a lot. Then I found out this culture as a name, calisthenics. So I was kind of involved in bodyweight training performed outdoors, more like a Street FItness thing but without any fancy moves. I always kept it simple by doing compounds only like pushups, pull-ups, dips, squats, running, sprints, leg raises, jumps etc. From 72 kg I gained around 18 more. I currently weigh 90 kg, more or less. I achieved them by training organically and all natural. Proper nutrition and adequate sleep were part of my daily discipline. I trained 5 times a week, month after month, year after year. I changed methods and styles but always kept it simple. Now, I made this thread just to present briefly my personal story and maybe to motivate you in a way or another. And if someone is curious about something I do, I am here to reply with positivity. I made a video, very short, of 2 minutes, where I put all my best images. Here you can see my progress and also my fitness level. I hope it is not against the rules and thanks in advance.
I've been getting back into shape over the past 6 months. I've gone from 78.5 kg (over 70.3kg is overweight for me according to BMI) to 67kg (which is close to my ideal body weight of about 64 according to BMI, which I also think is probably a bit high as I'm a short (5'6") but stout and broad man) I started off just eating well in June. From around the start of September been doing at least a little cardio almost every day (short run or cycle) and once a week I might go on a big 6 hour hike or cycle. More recently Ive started doing some resistance stuff. And this is what I want advice on. Maybe once or twice a week I'll 'work out' (mainly to switch things up + give my leg joints a rest) Theres a bunch of workout equipment in my house and I've just being doing what feels good to me with no plan. What Ive been doing in one session is.. pullups + chinups (I can do 7 proper pullups followed by 3 or 4 chinups or vice versa) pushups (about 12 proper ones) I have 2 dumbells with 7.5 kg on each one. I hold them both and do like a curl followed by lifting them over my head. I do about 12 of those About 10 bench presses with 27.5kg on the bar (which are all the weights in the house) Few minutes on an ab-trainer thing 10 or so minutes on a rowing machine, and then cool down on it. So what I'm doing is fairly random and a lot of it is just based on the gear that has been lying around this house. Is there some more organised plan you could recommend? or is just doing what feels good somehow beneficial? ps. For the individual exercises themselves I have watched youtube videos and so forth and am doing them properly with good form. Quality or quantity as they say. I'm just doing this cus I feel like it + I feel like I can get my daily exercise while giving my ankles / knees a break from running, Also it would be cool to be more toned and muscular.