Workout Frustration

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    Mar 14, 2008 11:23 PM GMT
    Hey all,

    I'm a college student that can't seem to build muscle at all. I've been going to the gym 3-5 times per week, give or take a few, for the past 4 months with hardly any results. In fact, I've noticed the fat increasing in my stomach at a faster pace than muscle increase anywhere else.

    I spend a half hour on the elliptical every workout, and about 30 mins in the gym, working on chest/triceps one day, and biceps/shoulders the next.

    I try to eat as much protein as possible, but I can't eat the manufactured protein products, like bars or shakes.

    Basically, what am I doing wrong as far as nutrition and my workout program?

    Thanks!
    Chris
  • NYCguy74

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    Mar 15, 2008 1:13 AM GMT
    well to channel our recently departed member
    EAT!!!!

    sorry couldn't resist.


    You need at least 1 g of protein per lb of body weight. so about 150 grams or so per day to gain.
    why can't you eat the bars and shakes? there are lots of options out there.

    Watch your sugar and fat intakes. try tracking your food and seeing what your percentages are.
    Yes you want lots of calories to gain weight, but if it's from soda, you're not going to like the weight you gain.

    read the labels.
    the grams of sugars should be lower, fiber is good.
    some fat is good. saturated and trans fats are BAD, mono & unsaturated are good, but in moderation.


    there will be better trained people on here to figure out this next question.
    are you lifting enough? to gain muscle you have to push, it's called working out for a reason. if you list exactly what exercises & how much you are doing, they could probably help you better.
    also you don't mention legs. you are doing legs right?

    without lists of exercises and what you are eating, it's really hard to see what you're doing wrong.
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    Mar 15, 2008 1:19 AM GMT
    workout: Try one of the workouts provided on this site. I am in the middle of one and it is kicking my ass.

    nutrition: read up on the topic. Here is a good article to begin. Keep track of how much, and what you are eating. This is an oft recommended program but I prefer this one.

    godspeed
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    Mar 15, 2008 1:26 AM GMT
    I suggest this:

    http://www.hypertrophy-specific.com/

    and there's a simple faq here:

    http://www.hypertrophy-specific.info/cgi-bin/ib314/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=10651
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    Mar 15, 2008 2:10 AM GMT
    I'll replace the almight Chucky in his absence.

    Double your food. Lift heavier weights with great form. Rest lots. No progress in 2-4 weeks? You're still not lifting heavy enough or eating enough food.

    He would have been a bit more...direct.

    But hopefully that helps!

    I've been exactly where you are Chris. When what you do doesn't work - CHANGE IT. More food, heavier weight, more rest, (and good form!).

    Good luck!

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    Mar 17, 2008 1:01 PM GMT
    try full body workout circuits eat clean but eat often at least 6 small meals include
    testorone booosters: oatmeal, broccoli,
    need lean meats lots of eggs including yolks

    http://rockbodyfitness.com/


    or

    http://mensworkoutguide.com/home.html

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    Mar 17, 2008 9:36 PM GMT
    How are your sleeping habits. Do you get enough rest? I had the same problem as you. I have a fast metabolism. I found that resting and sleeping well helped my body heal and started showing result. I also eat and graze throughout the day.
    Good luck!
  • GQjock

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    Mar 17, 2008 9:56 PM GMT
    It's tough being in college and trying to keep up a workout regimen
    ...but you gotta rev up that metabolism my man
    just the elliptical ain't gonna do it for you
    you're going to have to hit it a bit harder than you are right now
    three days committed to weights and one or two to cardio
    eat right
    lo fat lo carb
    hi protein diet
    sac the alcohol
    and you'll be on your way
  • dionysus

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    Mar 20, 2008 2:24 PM GMT
    its also tough that you're only hitting the free weights for 30 minutes, if even hitting the free weights.

    and when was the last time you changed your routine?