Working out again and want to do it right this time!

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    Jun 17, 2007 9:23 PM GMT
    So I moved to Miami in August to go to school and I more or less stopped going to the gym. There is a gym in my building, but it's pretty lame and doesn't have alot of things in it. I go to that occasionally. I haven't been sitting around doing nothing. Over the school year I was taking two ballet and one jazz classes every week.

    That said, for the year and a half or two years before I moved down here, I went to the gym 4-6 times a week, for about 60-90 minutes. I designated each day to a different set of body parts, so that my muscles could rest.

    I slept a decent about, I had 2-3 whey protien shakes a day. (Each shake had 40g of protien in it.) And I was dancing 5 times a week. I ate 3 meals a day.. my diet was carb heavy, but did get alot of variety.

    All that being said: In those two years, I did not gain a single pound! I weighed 150 lbs the entire time. I was a little more tone than I am now, but my muscsles are the same exact size and I still weigh 150/154 lbs.

    I am getting a gym membership this month. I want to change my diet and lifestyle to be more adapt to gaining muscle and definition.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO???? Please help!
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    Jun 18, 2007 3:00 PM GMT
    You r in school .Take a body building class/weight training. Its the cheapest way to get a professional trainer and gym. The one that I take costs $50/semester. The teacher /trainer works as a personal trainer too at $35/hr.
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    Jun 19, 2007 9:15 PM GMT
    Dude i have the same problem. Packing on quality muscle mass is hard at this age. i think its cuz we are still growing. resently i started taking maca pills which have helped a bit. Its an all natural supplement found in the sexual department at whole foods markets. it increases ur testosterone. Also there is hemp milk and hemp powder. which give you good protein without all the sugar.
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    Jun 29, 2007 5:58 PM GMT
    I don't think it has anything to do with our age. There are 18 year olds I've seen that are big and muscular. Everytime I see one, I'm like fuck - no excuses!
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    Jun 29, 2007 6:32 PM GMT
    You need to start by recognizing the distinct qualities of your body's make-up with fitness tests and analysis. These can tell you your BMI (body mass index), bodyfat percentage, max O2 consumption, resting and working heart rate, resting and working metabolism and current physical fitness level. With that information, you can determine what you need to do to meet your specific fitness goal. This can be done with a visit to a personal trainer at the gym.

    Since you have been working out in the past, I can assume you know what you're doing, so that part is covered, but the personal trainer can give you sound advice on how to achieve that fitness goal. The one-on-one sessions are always optional.

    Simply, if you want to gain weight, you need to consume more calories. What we sometimes forget is that there is going to be the possibility of gaining not only muscle mass but also body fat, so you need to be aware of that. Bodybuilders just don't pack on muscle, they also put on body fat, but then go through their "cutting phase," where they focus on losing not weight but body fat.