I've always been your typical lanky streak of piss but after i turned 18 the welcoming scent of the pubs and kebab houses was too much to bare so i've finally reached a point where i look more human than my old skeletor-esque self. I'm looking to join the army next year so in the mean time would like to get as physically strong and fit as possible while maybe putting on a few extra pounds. I brought a book by a renowned strength coach called Starting Strength and it's a really good read, here is the routine just wondered if this would be a good option to gaining functional strength and a little weight, i'm not interested in looking like a thong wearing greased up gym queen though Workout 1: 3x5 Squats 3x5 Bench Press 1x5 Deadlift 3x Max Pullups Workout 2: 3x5 Squats 3x5 Standing Press 5x3 Power Clean (but im changing this to 3x5 Barbell Row as i'm a mong) 3x Max Bar Dips Performed 3 days a week mon/wed/fri so: Week 1: 1/2/1 Week 2: 2/1/2 etc The focus is adding 2.5-5kg each lift each time. I also hike about 5-8 miles a day with the dog and on my off days run with two 3-5 mile runs and 2 timed 1.5 mile runs. So if any experienced blokes could have a gander would be much appreciated. Cheers. Josh.