Lots of pain no gains....

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    Oct 31, 2010 11:04 PM GMT
    Hi There

    Your advice please...

    I work out three times per week with free weights working pretty much every muscle group through the week.

    Two of my workouts are based on either three sets of 12 reps or pyramids of 12 - 10 - 8 with increasing weights as I go along. The workout I do on the third day is a high intensity program of three sets of 20 reps working every major muscle group. This was designed by my PT.

    I'm finding that even with all this hard work I'm just not gaining, in fact, I think I'm actually losing muscle... Sure I have definition and tone, but in combination with regular cardio I'm starting to look way too skinny...

    I'm wondering if the high intensity workout might be undoing any of the good work the other two workouts are doing? What do you think?
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    Oct 31, 2010 11:18 PM GMT
    Muscle size gains are nutrition-based. You can lift till you're blue in the face but if you're not eating the correct amount at the correct times it won't matter.
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    Oct 31, 2010 11:33 PM GMT
    ditto the above.
    You're not eating enough and drop much of the cardio for awhile and see what happens
  • DCEric

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    Nov 01, 2010 1:45 AM GMT
    Another thought (although I strongly agree with the other two), every two months I take a week off from the gym, while continuing to eat like I am going to the gym (sans after gym protein). I find taking a week off gives my body some extra rest that it needs.
  • MrPapo317

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    Nov 01, 2010 1:52 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo saidMuscle size gains are nutrition-based. You can lift till you're blue in the face but if you're not eating the correct amount at the correct times it won't matter.
    yes. i heard Jay Cardiello say that 70% of being fit depends on a persons diet and how they eat
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    Nov 01, 2010 1:55 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo saidMuscle size gains are nutrition-based. You can lift till you're blue in the face but if you're not eating the correct amount at the correct times it won't matter.


    Yep.
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    Nov 01, 2010 1:56 AM GMT
    At 42, you may want to see where your endogenous testosterone is sitting. You may well be a candidate for therapy.
  • DCEric

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    Nov 01, 2010 1:59 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidYou may well be a candidate for therapy.

    Doctor, it all started when I was young. My mother.... oh wait, that's not what you meant.
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    Nov 01, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    **EAT**
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    Nov 01, 2010 2:05 AM GMT
    DCEric said
    chuckystud saidYou may well be a candidate for therapy.

    Doctor, it all started when I was young. My mother.... oh wait, that's not what you meant.


    LOL.

    Testosterone therapy / HRT
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    Nov 01, 2010 10:46 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice fellas.

    I'm finding that on some days I'm ravenous after a workout and on others I don't have much of an appetite at all... And I practically have to force myself to eat immediately after a workout.

    I'm wondering if I just have one of those body types that don't gain...

    I'll keep trying...