I know this isn't the most bushcrafty of topics, but I feel like I'll get a few worthwhile responses here since I'm sure most of you have been in my position at one point or another. I'm trying to get into fitness and become a healthier person. I eat quite healthy and limit myself to one treat a week. I have no craving for junk food any more, so I think I'm in the right mind set. I'm a complete beginner and I'm grappling with the terminology and trying to come up with a decent plan, so here it is. I'm a skinny guy, but I'd like to clear a way a little bit of flab I have on my stomach and improve my general health by doing all of C25K. I also want to bulk up. Let's just say my arms are like twigs. I've looked into Starting Strength, but also Sean10mm's “Stripped” 5X5. Which do you think is more suited for a skinny person who wants to build overall muscle? I guess they both do the same thing, since they fundamentally are all based on compound exercises. I've chosen this workout because apparently it comes with some of Starting Strength's best elements mixed with another popular workout. PLAN: Cardio: C25K: Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 30 minutes Weight lifting: “Stripped 5X5”: Workout A and B. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY (default = cardio, bold = weights) Does this seem like a good plan? I know that you're supposed to keep it in non-consecutive days, so I've separated cardio from weight lifting. Cardio seems pretty simple, but I've got a few concerns about weight lifting. As I said, I'm trying to get round the terminology. So 5x5 means you do a specific exercise 25 times and you increase the weight by a small amount every new set? So, for example, when starting with the deadlift you'd do 5 reps for 1 set, increase the weight after that one set, and then carry on increasing the weight with each next set until you've done 5 sets. Right? Also, I've got typical anxiety about going to the gym. I'm extremely skinny and I have no experience with this. I think I understand what I'm doing though I doubt I might even be able to lift the smallest weights. Also, does it matter what weight you use, just as long as it increases every set? I'm sure I'll think of more questions for this thread when I can. Again, this is all new to me. Cheers. The reason I'm posting this here is that I feel like some fitness communities (such as /fit/, if you've ever been there) are incredibly elitist and don't take to kindly to newbies. EDITS: A few people I've asked already say that it's not really possible to do both of them at the same time. You can't do a cardio routine whilst also building muscle as you need to put on weight whilst weight lifting to see a result. Running whilst doing weight lifting would show no results, apparently... A bit confused now.