Can someone please help answers these questions I have about building muscle? I'm so lost :(

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    Nov 19, 2011 2:30 AM GMT
    Firstly, gain weight? Why? Why do you need to gain weight to put on muscle, I get the whole eat more for more calories to recover quickly... But why would you wanna get fat? Wouldn't that ruin all your efforts? And does someone like me, not fat but I still have a gut need too? I don't wanna get any fatter icon_sad.gif

    Secondly, protein powders? Are these necessary for building muscle?

    Thirdly, Muscle groups? What difference does it make if you split your workouts or do full body workouts?

    That's to start off with, I'm trying to find answers but everything's so conflicting online!
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    Nov 19, 2011 4:39 AM GMT
    Kristoff saidFirstly, gain weight? Why? Why do you need to gain weight to put on muscle, I get the whole eat more for more calories to recover quickly... But why would you wanna get fat? Wouldn't that ruin all your efforts? And does someone like me, not fat but I still have a gut need too? I don't wanna get any fatter icon_sad.gif

    When someone refers to gaining weight, muscle weight is what he/she has in mind, not fat weight. Muscle is a lot more dense than fat, so if you put on a square inch of muscle, it will weigh more than a square inch of fat because of the former's density. True, you need to eat a lot more in order to gain muscle, and as a consequence, you may gain a little fat weight but not if you eat healthy and not exceed your caloric needs.

    Secondly, protein powders? Are these necessary for building muscle?

    NO. Protein is necessary, and it can come from real food sources, which is better. The only real need for protein sups is if you can't get enough calories and protein from you diet and the anabolic window following your workout. This is the time you need a fast-acting protein to aid in muscle recovery.

    Thirdly, Muscle groups? What difference does it make if you split your workouts or do full body workouts?

    Full-body workouts are good for a starter to prime the body for heavier weights. After a few months or years of experience in the gym, you can break up your workouts to hit the muscle harder. For example, you can isolate just the chest and work it out in an hour session, completely working the muscle fibers from different angles.


    That's to start off with, I'm trying to find answers but everything's so conflicting online!


    Welcome to reality. Everybody has the magic key to building the best body, and everyone has the newest science to back them up. It's a matter of finding out what works for you and your unique body type. That's why it takes years of experience just to know your body and what works and doesn't work. It's trial and error.
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    Nov 19, 2011 4:40 AM GMT
    Kristoff saidFirstly, gain weight? Why? Why do you need to gain weight to put on muscle, I get the whole eat more for more calories to recover quickly... But why would you wanna get fat? Wouldn't that ruin all your efforts? And does someone like me, not fat but I still have a gut need too? I don't wanna get any fatter icon_sad.gif

    Secondly, protein powders? Are these necessary for building muscle?

    Thirdly, Muscle groups? What difference does it make if you split your workouts or do full body workouts?

    That's to start off with, I'm trying to find answers but everything's so conflicting online!


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    Nov 19, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
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    Kristoff saidFirstly, gain weight? Why? Why do you need to gain weight to put on muscle, I get the whole eat more for more calories to recover quickly... But why would you wanna get fat? Wouldn't that ruin all your efforts? And does someone like me, not fat but I still have a gut need too? I don't wanna get any fatter icon_sad.gif

    When someone refers to gaining weight, muscle weight is what he/she has in mind, not fat weight. Muscle is a lot more dense than fat, so if you put on a square inch of muscle, it will weigh more than a square inch of fat because of the former's density. True, you need to eat a lot more in order to gain muscle, and as a consequence, you may gain a little fat weight but not if you eat healthy and not exceed your caloric needs.

    Secondly, protein powders? Are these necessary for building muscle?

    NO. Protein is necessary, and it can come from real food sources, which is better. The only real need for protein sups is if you can't get enough calories and protein from you diet and the anabolic window following your workout. This is the time you need a fast-acting protein to aid in muscle recovery.

    Thirdly, Muscle groups? What difference does it make if you split your workouts or do full body workouts?

    Full-body workouts are good for a starter to prime the body for heavier weights. After a few months or years of experience in the gym, you can break up your workouts to hit the muscle harder. For example, you can isolate just the chest and work it out in an hour session, completely working the muscle fibers from different angles.


    That's to start off with, I'm trying to find answers but everything's so conflicting online!


    Welcome to reality. Everybody has the magic key to building the best body, and everyone has the newest science to back them up. It's a matter of finding out what works for you and your unique body type. That's why it takes years of experience just to know your body and what works and doesn't work. It's trial and error.


    ^this.

    your best bet is finding a Personal Trainer, its a lot easier when starting out imho.
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    Nov 19, 2011 5:01 AM GMT
    Firstly, gain weight? Why? Why do you need to gain weight to put on muscle, I get the whole eat more for more calories to recover quickly... But why would you wanna get fat? Wouldn't that ruin all your efforts? And does someone like me, not fat but I still have a gut need too? I don't wanna get any fatter icon_sad.gif
    Well muscle is weight so you're naturally going to gain weight if you're building muscle unless you're burning fat and building muscle at the same time.

    Secondly, protein powders? Are these necessary for building muscle?

    Not necessary, but if you're not getting a lot of protein in your diet they could be beneficial.

    Thirdly, Muscle groups? What difference does it make if you split your workouts or do full body workouts?

    It allows more time for recovery. If you're doing full body workouts every day you're not letting your body recover. They say it takes about 3 days for your body to recover.

    That's to start off with, I'm trying to find answers but everything's so conflicting online!
    I agree which is why it's good to look at a lot of different NATURAL BODYBUILDING routines and base your routine of them. I put "natural bodybuilding" in upper case because routines designed for people on roids are a lot different.
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    Nov 19, 2011 5:05 AM GMT
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    CuddleBuddy said
    Kristoff saidFirstly, gain weight? Why? Why do you need to gain weight to put on muscle, I get the whole eat more for more calories to recover quickly... But why would you wanna get fat? Wouldn't that ruin all your efforts? And does someone like me, not fat but I still have a gut need too? I don't wanna get any fatter icon_sad.gif

    When someone refers to gaining weight, muscle weight is what he/she has in mind, not fat weight. Muscle is a lot more dense than fat, so if you put on a square inch of muscle, it will weigh more than a square inch of fat because of the former's density. True, you need to eat a lot more in order to gain muscle, and as a consequence, you may gain a little fat weight but not if you eat healthy and not exceed your caloric needs.

    Secondly, protein powders? Are these necessary for building muscle?

    NO. Protein is necessary, and it can come from real food sources, which is better. The only real need for protein sups is if you can't get enough calories and protein from you diet and the anabolic window following your workout. This is the time you need a fast-acting protein to aid in muscle recovery.

    Thirdly, Muscle groups? What difference does it make if you split your workouts or do full body workouts?

    Full-body workouts are good for a starter to prime the body for heavier weights. After a few months or years of experience in the gym, you can break up your workouts to hit the muscle harder. For example, you can isolate just the chest and work it out in an hour session, completely working the muscle fibers from different angles.


    That's to start off with, I'm trying to find answers but everything's so conflicting online!


    Welcome to reality. Everybody has the magic key to building the best body, and everyone has the newest science to back them up. It's a matter of finding out what works for you and your unique body type. That's why it takes years of experience just to know your body and what works and doesn't work. It's trial and error.


    ^this.

    your best bet is finding a Personal Trainer, its a lot easier when starting out imho.


    Kristoff has read this stuff (and asked these questions) a million times here.

    Read some of his posts to discover his special qualities.
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    Nov 19, 2011 5:15 AM GMT
    Hey,

    You don't need to get fat to put on muscle. You put on muscle by doing resistance training.

    I think what you're thinking of is when bodybuilders go into a bulking phase, where they eat everything in sight, and then go into a cutting phase to lose all the fat. You don't need to worry about that.

    To build muscle, you lift weights. Yes, you need to eat more when you're training but by eating more you are not going to get fat. All the calories will go towards muscle repair and growth, rather than going to waste and being stored as fat. The average male should be taking in 2500 calories per day. If you're training, I would say you should be taking in 2800-3000 calories per day.

    As for protein powders... No they are not necessary for building muscle. Protein is. Whether you get it from protein powders or a natural source is up to you. If you like protein powders, drink it. If not, eat a chicken breast, steak, eggs or nuts and beans.

    But as important as protein is, you also need carbohydrates as well. Protein cannot be synthesized without the help of carbs.

    It's important to get some protein and carbs within that 30 minute window after your workouts.

    And lastly, muscle groups... This depends on your workout schedule. You obviously do not want to work your legs at high intensity 3 days in a row. Another important point is that in order for muscles to repair and grow, they need to rest. Rest is very important!

    Anyway, hope this helps.

    Cheers!
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    Nov 19, 2011 1:06 PM GMT
    Cash said
    Hikari said
    CuddleBuddy said
    Kristoff saidFirstly, gain weight? Why? Why do you need to gain weight to put on muscle, I get the whole eat more for more calories to recover quickly... But why would you wanna get fat? Wouldn't that ruin all your efforts? And does someone like me, not fat but I still have a gut need too? I don't wanna get any fatter icon_sad.gif

    When someone refers to gaining weight, muscle weight is what he/she has in mind, not fat weight. Muscle is a lot more dense than fat, so if you put on a square inch of muscle, it will weigh more than a square inch of fat because of the former's density. True, you need to eat a lot more in order to gain muscle, and as a consequence, you may gain a little fat weight but not if you eat healthy and not exceed your caloric needs.

    Secondly, protein powders? Are these necessary for building muscle?

    NO. Protein is necessary, and it can come from real food sources, which is better. The only real need for protein sups is if you can't get enough calories and protein from you diet and the anabolic window following your workout. This is the time you need a fast-acting protein to aid in muscle recovery.

    Thirdly, Muscle groups? What difference does it make if you split your workouts or do full body workouts?

    Full-body workouts are good for a starter to prime the body for heavier weights. After a few months or years of experience in the gym, you can break up your workouts to hit the muscle harder. For example, you can isolate just the chest and work it out in an hour session, completely working the muscle fibers from different angles.


    That's to start off with, I'm trying to find answers but everything's so conflicting online!


    Welcome to reality. Everybody has the magic key to building the best body, and everyone has the newest science to back them up. It's a matter of finding out what works for you and your unique body type. That's why it takes years of experience just to know your body and what works and doesn't work. It's trial and error.


    ^this.

    your best bet is finding a Personal Trainer, its a lot easier when starting out imho.


    Kristoff has read this stuff (and asked these questions) a million times here.

    Read some of his posts to discover his special qualities.


    That's extremely negative of you, if I had answers to these questions. I wouldn't of asked them. But I didn't, so I asked... theirs nothing wrong with making sure what I'm doing is right and gathering other opinions so stop acting like your above people. You're not. And thank you guys for your answers, have really helped! I'm sure more questions will arise in the future though!
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    Nov 19, 2011 1:08 PM GMT
    Also another question, what happens when I get stronger? do I increase my reps or add more weight? (I have adjustable dumbbells up to 20 kgs)
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    Nov 19, 2011 1:17 PM GMT
    Kristoff saidAlso another question, what happens when I get stronger? do I increase my reps or add more weight? (I have adjustable dumbbells up to 20 kgs)

    I add more weight after I could complete more than 12 reps.
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    Nov 19, 2011 2:04 PM GMT
    Kristoff said
    Cash said
    Hikari said
    CuddleBuddy said
    Kristoff saidFirstly, gain weight? Why? Why do you need to gain weight to put on muscle, I get the whole eat more for more calories to recover quickly... But why would you wanna get fat? Wouldn't that ruin all your efforts? And does someone like me, not fat but I still have a gut need too? I don't wanna get any fatter icon_sad.gif

    When someone refers to gaining weight, muscle weight is what he/she has in mind, not fat weight. Muscle is a lot more dense than fat, so if you put on a square inch of muscle, it will weigh more than a square inch of fat because of the former's density. True, you need to eat a lot more in order to gain muscle, and as a consequence, you may gain a little fat weight but not if you eat healthy and not exceed your caloric needs.

    Secondly, protein powders? Are these necessary for building muscle?

    NO. Protein is necessary, and it can come from real food sources, which is better. The only real need for protein sups is if you can't get enough calories and protein from you diet and the anabolic window following your workout. This is the time you need a fast-acting protein to aid in muscle recovery.

    Thirdly, Muscle groups? What difference does it make if you split your workouts or do full body workouts?

    Full-body workouts are good for a starter to prime the body for heavier weights. After a few months or years of experience in the gym, you can break up your workouts to hit the muscle harder. For example, you can isolate just the chest and work it out in an hour session, completely working the muscle fibers from different angles.


    That's to start off with, I'm trying to find answers but everything's so conflicting online!


    Welcome to reality. Everybody has the magic key to building the best body, and everyone has the newest science to back them up. It's a matter of finding out what works for you and your unique body type. That's why it takes years of experience just to know your body and what works and doesn't work. It's trial and error.


    ^this.

    your best bet is finding a Personal Trainer, its a lot easier when starting out imho.


    Kristoff has read this stuff (and asked these questions) a million times here.

    Read some of his posts to discover his special qualities.


    That's extremely negative of you, if I had answers to these questions. I wouldn't of asked them. But I didn't, so I asked... theirs nothing wrong with making sure what I'm doing is right and gathering other opinions so stop acting like your above people. You're not. And thank you guys for your answers, have really helped! I'm sure more questions will arise in the future though!


    BUT you have asked... repeatedly.... and received answers.
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    Nov 20, 2011 12:55 AM GMT
    PaulNKS said
    Kristoff said
    Cash said
    Hikari said
    CuddleBuddy said
    Kristoff saidFirstly, gain weight? Why? Why do you need to gain weight to put on muscle, I get the whole eat more for more calories to recover quickly... But why would you wanna get fat? Wouldn't that ruin all your efforts? And does someone like me, not fat but I still have a gut need too? I don't wanna get any fatter icon_sad.gif

    When someone refers to gaining weight, muscle weight is what he/she has in mind, not fat weight. Muscle is a lot more dense than fat, so if you put on a square inch of muscle, it will weigh more than a square inch of fat because of the former's density. True, you need to eat a lot more in order to gain muscle, and as a consequence, you may gain a little fat weight but not if you eat healthy and not exceed your caloric needs.

    Secondly, protein powders? Are these necessary for building muscle?

    NO. Protein is necessary, and it can come from real food sources, which is better. The only real need for protein sups is if you can't get enough calories and protein from you diet and the anabolic window following your workout. This is the time you need a fast-acting protein to aid in muscle recovery.

    Thirdly, Muscle groups? What difference does it make if you split your workouts or do full body workouts?

    Full-body workouts are good for a starter to prime the body for heavier weights. After a few months or years of experience in the gym, you can break up your workouts to hit the muscle harder. For example, you can isolate just the chest and work it out in an hour session, completely working the muscle fibers from different angles.


    That's to start off with, I'm trying to find answers but everything's so conflicting online!


    Welcome to reality. Everybody has the magic key to building the best body, and everyone has the newest science to back them up. It's a matter of finding out what works for you and your unique body type. That's why it takes years of experience just to know your body and what works and doesn't work. It's trial and error.


    ^this.

    your best bet is finding a Personal Trainer, its a lot easier when starting out imho.


    Kristoff has read this stuff (and asked these questions) a million times here.

    Read some of his posts to discover his special qualities.


    That's extremely negative of you, if I had answers to these questions. I wouldn't of asked them. But I didn't, so I asked... theirs nothing wrong with making sure what I'm doing is right and gathering other opinions so stop acting like your above people. You're not. And thank you guys for your answers, have really helped! I'm sure more questions will arise in the future though!


    BUT you have asked... repeatedly.... and received answers.


    Asked? Yes. Answered? No.

    Get your facts straight.
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    Nov 20, 2011 1:10 AM GMT
    Kristoff said
    PaulNKS said
    Kristoff said
    Cash said
    Hikari said
    CuddleBuddy said
    Kristoff saidFirstly, gain weight? Why? Why do you need to gain weight to put on muscle, I get the whole eat more for more calories to recover quickly... But why would you wanna get fat? Wouldn't that ruin all your efforts? And does someone like me, not fat but I still have a gut need too? I don't wanna get any fatter icon_sad.gif

    When someone refers to gaining weight, muscle weight is what he/she has in mind, not fat weight. Muscle is a lot more dense than fat, so if you put on a square inch of muscle, it will weigh more than a square inch of fat because of the former's density. True, you need to eat a lot more in order to gain muscle, and as a consequence, you may gain a little fat weight but not if you eat healthy and not exceed your caloric needs.

    Secondly, protein powders? Are these necessary for building muscle?

    NO. Protein is necessary, and it can come from real food sources, which is better. The only real need for protein sups is if you can't get enough calories and protein from you diet and the anabolic window following your workout. This is the time you need a fast-acting protein to aid in muscle recovery.

    Thirdly, Muscle groups? What difference does it make if you split your workouts or do full body workouts?

    Full-body workouts are good for a starter to prime the body for heavier weights. After a few months or years of experience in the gym, you can break up your workouts to hit the muscle harder. For example, you can isolate just the chest and work it out in an hour session, completely working the muscle fibers from different angles.


    That's to start off with, I'm trying to find answers but everything's so conflicting online!


    Welcome to reality. Everybody has the magic key to building the best body, and everyone has the newest science to back them up. It's a matter of finding out what works for you and your unique body type. That's why it takes years of experience just to know your body and what works and doesn't work. It's trial and error.


    ^this.

    your best bet is finding a Personal Trainer, its a lot easier when starting out imho.


    Kristoff has read this stuff (and asked these questions) a million times here.

    Read some of his posts to discover his special qualities.


    That's extremely negative of you, if I had answers to these questions. I wouldn't of asked them. But I didn't, so I asked... theirs nothing wrong with making sure what I'm doing is right and gathering other opinions so stop acting like your above people. You're not. And thank you guys for your answers, have really helped! I'm sure more questions will arise in the future though!


    BUT you have asked... repeatedly.... and received answers.


    Asked? Yes. Answered? No.

    Get your facts straight.


    Put the pudding down and read any of the 10,000 articles on this site Kristoff.

    And you HAVE been answered. Before and NOW - again.

    You have also stated many times that you have a strict diet of mostly cake, butter and pie. And have yet to really lift a weight - other than your own over to the bakery.

    It has been said to you before Kristoff. No matter what you do - yer still gonna be YOU.

    Good luck with your newly found knowledge!!!!!

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