I'm starting to getting into exercising.
I'm 5'9 140 lbs, with a skinny build.
I would like to build tone and muscle definition,
but I don't want big muscles. I want to stay skinny,
but look ripped and be very flexible.
I have dumbbells, but I don't use them since I'm not looking
for big muscles. I don't want to be bulky.
How do I build strength without getting big muscles?
Right now, I have an exercise ball, floor mat, chin up bar,
and a jump rope. There is also a park with a good running trail
5 minutes from my house. By alternating between running and jogging,
I can do a mile in 12 minutes.
For abs, I'm doing this:
I would prefer to use bodyweight exercises instead of going to a gym.
Also, I can only do 1 pullup or 2 chinups at a time. So doing a ladder isn't possible for me. Should I abandon doing chinups/pullups for the time being since I can only do a couple. Although, I do feel really tired after doing a couple, I'm not sure if they're giving enough of a workout.
The same goes for pushups(I can only doing 5-7 pushups at a time).
I definitely watch my diet and stay away from all things that have lots of saturated fat. My doctor said my cholestorol is excellent.
Anyway, I'm looking to alternate between strength and cardio training
for 6 days(and rest on the 7th day).
Can anybody offer advice?