Workout plan for slim body types?

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    Jun 09, 2011 2:02 AM GMT
    I'm trying to gain lean muscle/definition and put on some weight but I find it really hard because I've been slim my whole life.

    No matter how much I eat or at what hours, I never seem to gain a pound. In fact, if I am stressed I drop weight super fast (again, regardless of how much I eat).

    I've never really been much of a gym goer, but I am very serious this time around. I have access to my school's gym which has all the necessities (Cardio Equipment: Treadmills, Ellipticals, Stair steppers, Recumbent Bikes, Free Weights, Cable Weight Machines).

    I am very busy so a workout plan that is somewhat flexible would be best. I am also somewhat unfamiliar with machines since I mainly go to the gym for cardio workouts.

    I've done some research and have found that I should have 1g protein per pound a day... is that even possible? My profile pic is currently where I'm at.

    If anyone could give me any tips or a workout plan I would be greatly appreciative! Again, I'm sorry but this is a whole new world to me.

    (and I'm a grad student so I can't afford too many supplements, right now all I take is a multi vitamin)
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    Jun 09, 2011 4:07 AM GMT
    Stop comparing yourself to pictures. Get on a bodybuilding diet and training program, and be patient. It takes a while (years) to grow muscle.
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    Jun 09, 2011 4:08 AM GMT
    it takes time, also there are some great workouts and diet plans on here...It takes time!!!!
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    Jun 09, 2011 4:11 AM GMT
    eat more, if ur not gettin big u should be gettin fat, if ur not, ur not eatin enough, try an get fat on healthy stuff, i dare ya, it's next ta impossible ta do
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    Jun 09, 2011 5:02 AM GMT
    See what happens if you completely cut out the cardio side of your workout. That's what I had to do to build up muscle mass. Forget about the resistance machines and get straight on the free weights.
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    Jun 09, 2011 7:59 AM GMT
    ^ this

    and dont compare yourself to others too much, compare yourself to yourself to begin with, each body type is different
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    Jun 09, 2011 10:57 AM GMT
    Hi,

    Look into this website http://www.scrawnytobrawny.com/
    It is a training program for skinny guys who want to build muscle.
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    Jun 13, 2011 8:59 AM GMT
    from experience, i would say i havent gain a pound or so eventhough i work out for about 2 years on and off but recently i have been goin consistently.

    the results are great. i grew an inch here and there and i still weight bout the same so even though I thought I wasn't growing, the muscle inside of ya is rebuilding, it will take a while for ya to notice but the growth is what pushes me through.

    I dont have the body to give the example right now but by the end of the year, i will definitely be doing a before and after.

    diet is the key and you must be consitently go to the gym.
    They are plenty of way to get cheap protein. Get roast chicken from the supermarket. I work out that my meals are about 3 to 4 bucks each. 5 to 6 times a day. I will still recommend protein powders. Get a part time job. If you want to build a nice buff body,you just got to find a way to get it. working more hours so you can have $$ to fuel the body. Health benefits are just tops!!!

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    Aug 02, 2011 12:11 AM GMT
    GreenHopper said^ this

    and dont compare yourself to others too much, compare yourself to yourself to begin with, each body type is different


    agree....plus, keep a journal of some kind.
  • twilight2010

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    Aug 08, 2011 9:34 AM GMT
    fivetenn said
    GreenHopper said^ this

    and dont compare yourself to others too much, compare yourself to yourself to begin with, each body type is different


    agree....plus, keep a journal of some kind.


    Good advice, monitor your progress
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    Aug 25, 2011 3:41 AM GMT
    so much for cutting cardio from your workout when you play soccer 4+ times a week icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 29, 2011 7:36 PM GMT
    You need to eat a lot. Like, so much that you feel disgusting.

    You also need to do heavy compound lifts. In particular, you need to do squats, deadlifts, and bench presses, and not on machines.

    These lifts can be intimidating, but you'll be fine as long as you start with low weight, practice your technique, and work your way up.

    Check out Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe.