I am too thin!

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    Aug 08, 2011 3:50 PM GMT
    So I am 20. My boy friend is 31. I currently cant afford to go to the gym. I REALLY WISH I COULD! I am so skinny. I saw somebody in the grocery store just as thin, and I was truly disgusted with myself.

    I just need some ideas of things I should being doing at home, since I can't get to a gym. My boy friend has 20lbs dumbells. But they are a bit too heavy for me to do something.

    Any ideas!?
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    Aug 08, 2011 3:57 PM GMT
    Loads of bodyweight exercises you can do at home - start with push-ups and chair dips and chin ups.
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    Aug 08, 2011 3:59 PM GMT
    What exactly is a chair dip?
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    Aug 08, 2011 4:00 PM GMT
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    Aug 08, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    Very funny. I do eat. A LOT! haha. My boyfriend makes fun of me for how much I eat
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    Aug 08, 2011 4:04 PM GMT
    Arizonaboy saidWhat exactly is a chair dip?


    It's where you get 2 chairs facing each other and support your bodyweight using your arms and dip in between them. Google it for examples.

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    Aug 08, 2011 4:15 PM GMT
    Arizonaboy saidAny ideas!?

    Push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, running, biking, swimming, a dozen exercises you can do at home. I used to teach a college PT course on this very topic: exercise without gym equipment.

    Plus, as was mentioned here, you must eat. Not fat and junk food, never any fried crap, but good food. Lots of protein, some carbs, but little sugars & fats.

    Eat 3 full meals a day. And snack all day long (good stuff, not potato chips and Doritos). A young guy has a high metabolic rate. You gotta feed it. What you feed it will determine how you become -- muscular or flabby. Plus you gotta exercise, gym or not. Sit on your ass and you become flabby.

    You're at the best time of your life. Your hormones wanna put muscle on you, sculpt & shape you. Give your body what it wants, and you'll be an Adonis. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 08, 2011 4:25 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Arizonaboy saidAny ideas!?

    Plus, as was mentioned here, you must eat. Not fat and junk food, never any fried crap, but good food. Lots of protein, some carbs, but little sugars & fats.
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    I do not eat much bad things besides the occasional cheeto. My boyfriend is a Vegetarian, so not too many bad things in here. Ive increased my protein in take to 3 hard boiled eggs a day and one protein shake. Ive noticed a bit of weight gain from it. I think I am at the perfect start.
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    Aug 08, 2011 4:42 PM GMT
    Arizonaboy said
    Art_Deco said
    Arizonaboy saidAny ideas!?

    Plus, as was mentioned here, you must eat. Not fat and junk food, never any fried crap, but good food. Lots of protein, some carbs, but little sugars & fats.
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    I do not eat much bad things besides the occasional cheeto. My boyfriend is a Vegetarian, so not too many bad things in here. Ive increased my protein in take to 3 hard boiled eggs a day and one protein shake. Ive noticed a bit of weight gain from it. I think I am at the perfect start.


    Hey buddy some people are just late bloomers. You will thicken out just start with exercise and then move into weight training your 30s will be good to you trust me. Its what happened to my boyfriend
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    Aug 08, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    As others have said, bodyweight exercises are your best bet. www.mymadmethods.com has a bunch of bodyweight exercise training regimens to look through, and they even have videos for the correct form...

    http://www.mymadmethods.com/workout-database/workouts-bodyweight-workouts
  • rnch

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    Aug 08, 2011 5:06 PM GMT
    have some of my doner DNA injected into yourself....you will "bulk up" Quite Quickly!





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    Aug 08, 2011 6:28 PM GMT
    Arizonaboy saidSo I am 20. My boy friend is 31. I currently cant afford to go to the gym. I REALLY WISH I COULD! I am so skinny. I saw somebody in the grocery store just as thin, and I was truly disgusted with myself.

    I just need some ideas of things I should being doing at home, since I can't get to a gym. My boy friend has 20lbs dumbells. But they are a bit too heavy for me to do something.

    Any ideas!?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poV3gfxuZH8
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    Aug 08, 2011 6:37 PM GMT
    Dude, 5'9" and 140 at 20 yo is not "too skinny." icon_biggrin.gif

    6'0" and 132 at 57yo is too skinny. icon_eek.gif

    Check the workouts at www.BodyBuilder.com for all ages and all stages, not just "bodybuilders."
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    Aug 08, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    http://www.examiner.com/outdoor-adventure-in-san-diego/san-diego-s-best-kept-workout-secret
    Free free free free.

    And to the people who think body weight isn't hard. Do some pistols, one hand push ups, broad jumps. Tell us how it went.
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    Aug 08, 2011 6:54 PM GMT
    Dont get digusted with yourself either... i also dont find my leanness attractive, but that doesnt mean I need to get down about it... life!
  • LJay

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    Aug 08, 2011 6:55 PM GMT
    Enjoy three good meals per day, eating lightly in the evening and keep up the toning with a variety of exercise. In other words, do your basic health job. You may have a slim build, but you are not too skinny. Lots of guys place too much emphasis on bulk instead of paying attention to general health. Sounds to me like you need to think a bit about how you can be comfortable with you.
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    Aug 08, 2011 7:01 PM GMT
    You aren't disgustingly skinny. You are 20.

    Consider that at 20, you look probably like you should. Those guys who are all bulked up at 20 are the unnatural ones.

    If you are bent on gaining weight, do it healthily. Do it with the right calories in a consistent diet and don't take supplements you don't need in the long-term.

    Also, focus on the upper body. Get a good pull up bar and pull up until you can't anymore.

    Also, stay realistic. Unless you have hours a day to spend working out, set goals that won't discourage you. Sometimes looking at guys on RJ can be discouraging to your own health plan, sometimes the opposite. Find out what is real for you and be kind enough to support yourself through with good, realistic goals.


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    Aug 08, 2011 7:24 PM GMT
    Dude your statement kinda annoyed me. A year back I was pretty much rail thin and now I've managed to build my weight to 134 at 5'9 which I'm happy... I consider my my self lean but athletic.

    However I've been working out at the gym for over year so I plan to gain more mass .

    So mate you're not a 'skinny bitch'

    The only thing you need to do is removed the fat and build lean muscle mass. Because you tend to eat more as your should (like I do) the nutrients will be better directed instead of being a waste.

    Plus add a supplement intake like whey proteins or BCAA

    When at home, do push ups diamond pushups, dips and other house friendly workout activity. Check out youtube for fitness work out research....

    Best of luck and I'm around if you want to talk.


  • Gaymer

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    Aug 08, 2011 8:33 PM GMT
    Self-hatred cannot be fixed by distorting one's self to match one's distorted self-image. Find the source of your hatred, because I truly doubt it's about your body type.
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    Aug 08, 2011 8:36 PM GMT
    have your bf pay for your gym membership. A lot of them are cheap.
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    Aug 08, 2011 9:00 PM GMT
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    Arizonaboy saidAny ideas!?

    Push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, running, biking, swimming, a dozen exercises you can do at home. I used to teach a college PT course on this very topic: exercise without gym equipment.

    Plus, as was mentioned here, you must eat. Not fat and junk food, never any fried crap, but good food. Lots of protein, some carbs, but little sugars & fats.

    Eat 3 full meals a day. And snack all day long (good stuff, not potato chips and Doritos). A young guy has a high metabolic rate. You gotta feed it. What you feed it will determine how you become -- muscular or flabby. Plus you gotta exercise, gym or not. Sit on your ass and you become flabby.

    You're at the best time of your life. Your hormones wanna put muscle on you, sculpt & shape you. Give your body what it wants, and you'll be an Adonis. icon_biggrin.gif


    Not the best advice.

    First of all, running, biking, and swimming are cardio exercises. They're not the best thing for initiating hypertrophy. They're better for burning carbs and fat.

    Also, you should eat at least every 2 - 3 hours. Roughly 40% protein, 40% carbs, and 20% "good" fat. The RDA for protein is 0.8g/kg which is 15-30% of total daily calories. High levels of protein is more for an endurance athlete... so ignore "[l[ots of protein, some carbs."

    Look for a Basal metabolic rate calculator online. Compute your resting metabolic rate with that, and then use the Harris Benedict coefficient (can easily find this online too) to determine your daily caloric need. Add 500 calories to that to gain 1lb per week.

    If you aren't ready for 20lb weights and can't afford a gym at this time, you may try resistance bands/tubes. They're relatively cheap, and you can find tons of exercises that involve them online.

    Good luck!
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    Aug 09, 2011 9:22 PM GMT
    Crossfit SoCal even have free classes on Saturdays! God, you have it easy.

    http://www.crossfitweekendwarriors.com/
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    Aug 09, 2011 9:53 PM GMT
    I feel your pain. icon_sad.gif
    I bet I'm smaller than you though. LOL.
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    Aug 09, 2011 10:19 PM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidhave your bf pay for your gym membership. A lot of them are cheap.


    BFs or gym memberships?
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    Aug 10, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    Arizonaboy saidSo I am 20. My boy friend is 31. I currently cant afford to go to the gym. I REALLY WISH I COULD! I am so skinny. I saw somebody in the grocery store just as thin, and I was truly disgusted with myself.

    I just need some ideas of things I should being doing at home, since I can't get to a gym. My boy friend has 20lbs dumbells. But they are a bit too heavy for me to do something.

    Any ideas!?
    I think the first thing you need to do is learn to love your body the way it is. The more you rush to change it, the more it will hate you and fight back; and the body always wins when it's mad.