I'm so desperate to put on some size!

  • fitginger

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    Sep 04, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    I'm making some small gains but I want to see some bigger results.

    I have changed my workout routine recently to a "mass gaining" programme I found in a muscle and fitness magazine guide book which I'm really enjoying and is making me work hard. I have also have increased my protein intake...


    I'm 25 now and want to see some freeeeeeeekin results of my hard work over the last 5 years!!

    Please help me grow guys!
  • DCEric

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    Sep 05, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    I'm bumping this up, because I have a similar frustration.

    I've been lifting for five years, the first four, I saw massive gains, putting on about 30 lbs of muscle. (I consider that massive given that I slowly settled into putting in more and more work at the gym.) My goal was 50 lbs gained, but everything plateaued about a year ago. Now what? I've mixed up my workout routine, further restructured my diet. I wanted to avoid serious supplementation and stick with only protein shakes.

    Any help would be appreciated.... and don't forget about OP.
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    Sep 05, 2011 10:39 PM GMT
    DCEric saidI'm bumping this up, because I have a similar frustration.

    I've been lifting for five years, the first four, I saw massive gains, putting on about 30 lbs of muscle. (I consider that massive given that I slowly settled into putting in more and more work at the gym.) My goal was 50 lbs gained, but everything plateaued about a year ago. Now what? I've mixed up my workout routine, further restructured my diet. I wanted to avoid serious supplementation and stick with only protein shakes.

    Any help would be appreciated.... and don't forget about OP.


    Dude, you are pretty big now. You look great. Not sure what else needs to be done.
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    Sep 06, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    i'd say try a trainer or nutritionist, you can spend a lot of $$$ on supplements w/ little or no results
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    Sep 06, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    Sometimes less is more... less gym time, less cardio. Hard as it is to stay away, stay away by cutting those 6 days a week down to say 3 for a few weeks and see what happens. Also cut back on any cardio and keep eating (lots but sensibly)
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    Sep 06, 2011 5:15 AM GMT
    I was able to overcome a hurdle by making each workout slightly different to prevent my muscles from "getting used" to anything.
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    Sep 06, 2011 8:38 AM GMT
    Eat big, rest big, train big, get big. That's all there is to it buddy, just takes time.
  • YERTHICK

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    Oct 17, 2011 1:41 AM GMT
    fitginger saidI'm making some small gains but I want to see some bigger results.

    I have changed my workout routine recently to a "mass gaining" programme I found in a muscle and fitness magazine guide book which I'm really enjoying and is making me work hard. I have also have increased my protein intake...


    I'm 25 now and want to see some freeeeeeeekin results of my hard work over the last 5 years!!

    Please help me grow guys!


    Best advice I've ever gotten: EAT.
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    Oct 17, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    Hmmm I don't think he's coming back... like so many you waste yer time giving advice yada yada yada
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    Oct 17, 2011 3:24 AM GMT
    Pure saidEat big, rest big, train big, get big. That's all there is to it buddy, just takes time.



    The rest part is my problem! I'm an insomniac, so even when I beat the shit out of myself at the gym 5 days a week, I still can't get myself to sleep at a reasonable time consistently! I'm almost positive that if I just got to bed consistently at the same hour daily my results would be much more noticeable and happen faster. It's the one SERIOUSLY important part of a workout routine where all you have to do is NOTHING and It's the hardest element for me to get under control!
  • Hunkymonkey

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    Oct 17, 2011 9:10 AM GMT
    The fact of the matter is that everyone hits their personal plateaus. We all gain 30 to 50 lbs over time and reach a point natural stopping point. So ditto what Pure and others above wrote. It is all about putting more calories in your body than are being used. From your photo, it is obvious that at your age, your metabolism is still sky high so you have to eat, eat, eat. As you get bigger, your caloric needs increase. Train smart - don't overtrain body parts. Train heavy to force your muscles to respond. Do short as possible workouts - split routines are best. There are lots of exercises you can do for a body parts, so rotate them. And make sure you have rest days for your body parts. Don't pay attention to those articles or people that say you haven't accomplished anything if you haven't vomited after squats or you aren't staggering after the training or you can't get out of bed the next morning, Those are all signs of overtraining. Sorry to go on about that, but I get sooooo tired of watching guys in a chest training session, for example, do every exercise they can think of for that (or any) muscle group. Most are just redundant. It makes their muscles so tired it prevents them from growing. A tip here: make sure to get a high calorie drink (with some protein) after immediately after working out. Your muscles need simple sugars for glycogen replenishment.

    P.S. don't waste your money on supplements. Most are junk, with little sound science and a lot of marketing money behind then with very few exceptions, such as protein (duh), I also stand by alpha lipoic acid, bcaas, creatine (use it in 6 week cycles, it stops working after that period), and if you want, natural testo boosters like tribulus (but you need to exceed the recommended doses). Stuff like nitric oxide is totally non-effective and drains your wallet more than anything.