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  • GlitzPianoman

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    Nov 29, 2011 5:03 AM GMT
    Hey Guys:

    Long-time lurker here, first-time poster. I'm interested in putting on some size (a longtime goal for me). I'm currently 5'7" 145 lbs, and want to put on about 15-20 pounds of size.

    Any help or advice would be great. If anyone wants to chat, I'd love to get any input I can.

    Cheers!
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    Nov 29, 2011 5:40 AM GMT
    GlitzPianoman saidHey Guys:

    Long-time lurker here, first-time poster. I'm interested in putting on some size (a longtime goal for me). I'm currently 5'7" 145 lbs, and want to put on about 15-20 pounds of size.

    Any help or advice would be great. If anyone wants to chat, I'd love to get any input I can.

    Cheers!
    I think you look great as is!
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    Nov 29, 2011 5:43 AM GMT
    Eat a lot, but the good stuff like healthy food and not fast food. Work out every part of your body and well protein is good, but too much can be bad. Brendanmuscles is a good guy to talk to about this.
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    Nov 29, 2011 5:51 AM GMT
    Find a buddy to workout with, maybe get a trainer for a bit to get a schedule together. Work on a nutrition plan.
    Oh, one thing that helped me start building good habits, was finding ways I could to make it easier to fit a little bit of a workout into my daily routine apart from my regular workout. Like my doorway chinup bar, everytime I walk by It, I remind my self to do a few sets, or drop and do some push ups. Having some dumbells next to my couch encourages me to use them instead of just sitting there doing nothing. You can use them for weighted lunges, do some shoulder stuff, arms, calf raises. My friends make fun of me, but when I'm cooking, instead of just standing I'll do 50 calf raises wait a bit do 50 more etc. Things like that help me get more motivated.
    Cheers, hope this helps.
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    Nov 29, 2011 6:05 AM GMT
    Doh.... I'm 5'7" and would love to get under 150. Less weight to carry on runs and bike rides. I see you run and ski. Lighter weight is definately an advantage for both those sports.
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    Nov 29, 2011 7:37 AM GMT
    I don't have much advice to give since I've just started bulking up myself, but welcome to the forums.

    All I can say is be prepared for a lot of soreness, fatigue, and disorientation.......because the RJ hazing ritual is a bitch! icon_biggrin.gif
  • suedeheadscot

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    Nov 29, 2011 8:06 AM GMT
    Go to the gym, get a program for your gym instructor. Hit the protein shakes, cut down on crap.

    And stick at the gym for at least 6 weeks. Apparently this is when exercise begins to sink into your subconscious and it becomes a habit/routine that you feel uncomfortable stopping. Most people at new year try the gym for 4 weeks and if they'd just pushed themselves that little birth further they'd get more into the gym.

    Hope it helps - good luck!!!!!
  • GlitzPianoman

    Posts: 6

    Nov 29, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    Thank you so much to everyone who has messaged me so far. This is definitely good advice!

    I'm honestly no stranger to the gym, having been going off and on for several years. I was in the best shape of my life about a year-and-a-half ago when I was going to the gym with a workout partner (I'd put on 10 lbs. of lean mass at that time), but then I let life circumstances get the better of me and subsequently lost it all.

    I've started back into the gym at my college, doing free weight exercises there. As of this morning, I've also begun the Spartacus workout featured on Men's Health's website (a recommendation from another member here, and I would definitely pass the recommendation along).



  • socalisurfer

    Posts: 68

    Nov 29, 2011 8:21 PM GMT
    [quote]
    I'm honestly no stranger to the gym, having been going off and on for several years. I was in the best shape of my life about a year-and-a-half ago when I was going to the gym with a workout partner (I'd put on 10 lbs. of lean mass at that time), but then I let life circumstances get the better of me and subsequently lost it all.
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    You already know what to do. icon_biggrin.gif I break it down into three major areas: nutrition, rest and gym. Get a book on nutrition. Learn what foods are good for you , which are good carbs, bad carbs, all that stuff. There is no miracle supplement that will give you a perfect body. Get your diet down and then add supplements. They're supposed to supplement your diet, not be the foundation. You might want to talk to a nutrionist too. In the end it'll save you money. I work with a guy who works out like a madman. Gym 5 days a week, really heavy lifting(bad form too, he's hurt himself a few times also), but he eats crap. He was complaining the other day after his physical that his cholesterol is too high and his body fat is over 20%. He's only 27 too.

    At the gym you might want to get a good trainer for a few sessions. Mainly to tailor a program for your needs. He'll also show you good form. Last thing you want to do is blow out a knee while doing heavy squats or throw your back out while doing dead lifts. Look around at your gym. You'd be amazed at how many individuals show really sloppy form and pretty much are waiting for an accident to happen.

    Finally you need to rest. Look at your body as a high performance machine. You need to give it adequate time to rest, heal and build itself backup again. Drink plenty of water, get enough sleep. It's also good to have a cheat day once in a while. Go pig out on burgers and chili fries. Nothing wrong with having a day like that once in a while.

    Hope this helps you out.
  • GlitzPianoman

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    Nov 30, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    That's pretty much par for the course, for sure, though I could stand to listen more to what I've read/been told tons of times over icon_confused.gif .

    There's no way I can afford a trainer, nor do they offer them at my college gym (it's a really crappy weight room, actually). I want to try this Spartacus workout, though, and see what it does for me. I've mostly stuck to straight, typical weight training, and this is the first time I've actually gotten excited about a workout routine.

    Nutrition-wise, I've got the foods down that work for me. Chicken and (natural) peanut butter are my main sources of healthy protein (I'm allergic to fish and have never been able to stand eggs), though I think I'd like to put some more beans in my diet. Fruits have always been a favourite, though I've been making more of a conscious effort to eat more vegetables as well. Supplement-wise, I have a protein powder, though I haven't made use of it since my blender died on me.

    Keep the suggestions coming, guys! Thanks so much for the input!