YOUNG & SLIM, DONT KNOW WHERE TO START

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    Dec 18, 2011 11:41 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I'm only 19 years old and Im a pretty slim guy. Im 6'1 and only weight about 168lbs. I have worked out in the past but just havent really stuck to anything and really didnt think i was doing it right. Anyway, I would like to start up again for the new year but i dont really know how. I would like to get bigger, and ultimately achieve that new lean muscle look. I basically want the body of Zac Efron...ya know...the "Hollywood Look". Any tips or guidance from you guys would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 19, 2011 12:35 AM GMT
    Start by learning to stick with it.
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    Dec 24, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    Well, wanting someone elses body takes a lot of plastic surgery :p

    Like paul said you have to be consistent in working out or you are just wasting your time. With your height and weight you need to eat a healthy diet for a while to gain some weight..you need to be eating abotu 3400 calories with a healthy split of carbs:protein:fat.

    THEN think about cutting down and getting your hollywood look.
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    Dec 24, 2011 1:47 AM GMT
    Wish I had your problem. icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 24, 2011 2:04 AM GMT
    I'm about the same height few pounds lighter. Eat eat eat eat. Get some 50 50 carb/ protein and take that too. Work out regularly and in a year or so you'll see a difference if you stick to a progressed program. I'm not big but I'm happy
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    Dec 24, 2011 2:05 AM GMT
    adam228 saidWell, wanting someone elses body takes a lot of plastic surgery bags :p
    Fixed. icon_twisted.gif
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    Dec 24, 2011 2:17 AM GMT
    I started out when I was your age and always felt I was making zero progress. It's all about eating right and really dedicating the time and effort. If you can afford it get a trainer for a month or two, ask lots of questions and don't be a lemming. learn from the trainer, make notes if you have to.

    I also believe that bodybuilding.com and teenbodybuilding.com are excellent resources for learning about nutrition, workouts, meal plans, ect. Hell this site has alot of that information too... make a binder and start writing things down, print things out and start tracking everything you eat with a smart phone app so you have a record of your consumption, then review it.

    Above all, muscle growth is a marathon not a sprint. You need to dedicate a good year to this for results to really show.
  • lick_it_low

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    Dec 30, 2011 9:24 AM GMT
    get your diet down...
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    Dec 30, 2011 2:49 PM GMT
    If you want to make a New Year's resolution, don't make it to go to the gym in the new year. Everybody is there, it's horribly crowded, and you are much more likely to lose interest.

    Then, remember that once you have muscles, they don't disappear overnight. If you are muscular, you can go for months without working out and still keep them around, that's how long it takes to break them down. Takes about as long to build them up - or longer.

    Just go and ignore the effects on your body for the first month. Take a pic of yourself before you start (on January, 16th, NEVER on January, 2nd) and after a month. You'll notice the difference.

    (Then send the pix to me for my perv pic collection ;-) )

    Finally, don't overdo it. The injuries you get from overworking muscles, bones, and joints that are not used to a workout are the ones most likely to stay with you until you are 90, getting progressively worse.
  • FuzzyRich

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    Jan 27, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    The most important lesson is that you can overtrain (and I'm still doing it myself!). The second is that you know nothing and are not qualified to design your own program.

    Find a good starting program (I've started with strong lifts and it's worked for me, there's also starting strength and others) and stick with it. Obey it's instructions slavishly.

    - You need to eat enough to put yourself into a caloric surplus to build muscle.
    - Most of your strength and mass building will happen in the 5-8 rep range.
    - Other stuff other programs have said.
    - These things take time, be patient!
  • nolabel

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    Jan 27, 2012 1:12 PM GMT
    As an ectomorph, the hardest part for us is eating especially at the beginning even when you feel full you still have to eat more than the usual. Then you have to increase it depending on your goal. You will get used to it though if you stick to it. Eating will feel like a chore sometimes.
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    Mar 02, 2012 8:43 PM GMT
    If you can afford it, get a trainer at your gym icon_smile.gif