I am not noticing results WHY? Please help!!

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    Feb 18, 2008 6:57 PM GMT
    I hope you guys can help me out...

    I have been working out 3 to 4 times per week with a trainer for about a year. Although I admit I feel better and am a bit stronger, my body is nowhere near where I thought it would be at this point. Especially since 1 to 2 times per week I lift with a trainer.

    Some things you should know:

    I'm 30 years old 5'8" 145# I was this exact same weight when I started.

    I feel loose, flabby and not tight in any way.

    I was told not to do any cardio if I am trying to build, so I do not.

    I also am not a heavy eater. I can eat my 5/6 small meals a day but that’s about it. I do struggle with my eating, becasue I was never one to eat a lot throughout the day, mainly because of my work schedule.

    I do drink a whey protein shake every morning with oatmeal and a muscle milk right after my workout.

    What am I doing wrong and how can I improve?

    Thanks for some real advice!

    Eric
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    Feb 18, 2008 7:53 PM GMT
    Well the goal you are after should be 80% kitchen 20% gym if you dont put the eating in then dont expect the results. But more importantly you need to be honest with yourself and honest with your trainer.

    There is little point you saying you want to add muscle then him giving you a rigorous routine that lasts an hour when your diet would dictate a 20 minute workout.

    So either:

    settle for where you are

    eat more

    or train less

    They are your sould choices.

    As to eat more, then maybe you need to get smart about your food choices. Im not advocating you trough out on junk food but get wise in the manner in which you eat ie maximal calories minimal bulk. If your trainer is worth his salt ask him to focus on this or he could potentialy lose an unhappy customer
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    Feb 18, 2008 9:17 PM GMT
    Well I cannot settle where I am and know I can do better. I've worked to hard and long to just settle. I will get where I want to be or as close as I can....

    I think as a gay man at 145# if I spent most of my day eating my concern is that I will look/get fat instead of look bigger muscle wise.

    So I do hve a hard time with what your saying ...I should just keep eating more and working out less? That to me leads to get fatter?

    Maybe I should work out smarter or better and eat more?
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    Feb 18, 2008 9:20 PM GMT
    Nope I said you had choice:

    1) you eat more so that you are in excess after your current training

    or

    2) you eat as you are and workout according to the calories you are supplying.

    Either way you need to workout what you are eating, your activity level and discuss this with your trainer and get something symbiotic. Yuo have to create an excess of calories one way or another as its the only way you will build muscle.
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    Feb 18, 2008 9:32 PM GMT
    Thanks bfg1!

    I do appreciate the help...any tips on what to eat when to et it?
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    Feb 18, 2008 9:56 PM GMT
    Eat big, but if your not reaching a hypertrophy state when you work out your body will stay right where it's at. Our bodies are amazing devices, adapting to stresses like bodybuilding, but also doing only what is needed to get the job done.
    Target the muscle you intend to work out then go after it, hit it hard. If your trying to build lift heavy with low reps. Make sure you fail on the last rep at each set. There's no picture to look at but I can tell your lean at 5'8" 145lb. Stay off the machines and go with free weights. Study the basic exercises and learn to use the Smith Rack.

    One of the greatest pieces of advice came from Arnold himself when a guy once told him, "I can't get bigger". Schwarzenegger screamed at him, "Weight"!
    Good luck
    Joe
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    Feb 18, 2008 10:36 PM GMT
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    What is hypertrophy state? How do I measure that?

    Thanks for the advice....I guess its finding the balance between what to eat how much to eat and how hard to push at the gym and what I should be doing...

    Thanks for the advice!

    Also I posted pics they are "pending approval" try clicking the box under my name?
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    Feb 20, 2008 10:36 AM GMT
    A few more comments- Your photos are now up. Looking at them, you are hardly flabby, but I understand your desire to get even more ripped. You have to balance that with your desire to build. Doing 20-30 minutes of light cardio will help.

    Regarding food- if you don't eat enough, you won't grow no matter how much you work out. You need to especially pay attention to your protein consumption. Many bodybuilding pros recommend at least 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight, increasing to 1.5 grams per pound if you are training very hard.

    Regarding your workout routine- 3 times a week is not really adequate to build. At least 4 is required and most fit individuals work out 5 times or more a week.

    Regarding your training sessions- you mention you train 1-2 times a week with a trainer. The big question is how effectively you train on the other days. You may need a trainer more often if you don't quite have the hang of the exercises or can't push yourself adequately alone.

    Regarding your protein shakes- Muscle Milk is a bad choice post workout. It is one of the most high fat protein shakes and mostly made of slow-digesting proteins like caseins. After a workout, you need to immediately feed your body with a 100% Whey shake.
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    Feb 20, 2008 1:52 PM GMT
    What are your workouts like? Maybe you're not very efficient or your trainer isn't right for you.
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    Feb 20, 2008 8:32 PM GMT
    Eat