Originally Posted by Fazc
From this brief introduction to yourself and your posts, I think your biggest issue like most people's is consistency, diet and the wrong priorities.
Try to get away from the focus on "routines", no routine is magic and most routines you'll find here are sensible enough. You've just had a suggestion to do madcow, you have considered my 4 way split, the Reeves routine and full body routines. At the end of the day it doesn't matter. What makes these routines work is consistent hard work. Not just for a month or two, but for years at at time. Usually what seperates a large muscular weight lifter and a skinny beginner is at least 3 years of hard, consistent weight lifting.
When you are squatting 180kg for reps, you will be hard and muscular all over, when you're benching 140kg for reps you'll have a huge upper body. Whether you did that on a Full Body or on Madcow doesn't matter in the slightest. So get that out of your head, as long as they're sensible the particular routine does not matter. What matters is picking one and sticking with it.
Your diet will be the main determinant of your body composition. Again what seperates a hard, lean competitive powerlifter from a casual weight trainee who slobs around the gym is a consistent focus on diet.
The good news is that the more you do these things, the easier they become as they're ingrained into your routine.
1) So pick a routine, out of the many good ones mentioned here.
2) Focus yourself with targets and goals.
3) Promise yourself that you'll stay consistent with the plan for at least the next year, no changes, no excuses.
I think the biggest problem with those in the beginner/early intermediate stage is that we allow ourselves to get overwhelmed by the info available. As you say, 'routines' are a way to get to Point X but hard work is the only way there in reality. So we go for Routine A, do it for a month, 2 months whatever then switch up if we have a bad week or two instead of focusing and getting better with Routine A.
Less chat, more lifting. Thanks for your help