Packing on Muscle for a Beginner!

  • NateTD

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    Jun 17, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
    Hey I am 22 years old, 5'9. 10st 7lbs. Quite fit and healthy. I want to start putting on some weight i.e muscle without being too big, I just want to be a bit more defined and have a more masculine figure without getting huge.

    I don't know where to start as I don't want to eat more and do the wrong kind of excercise and just end up getting fat.

    Any advice of how to start?

    Cheers

    Nathan
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    Jun 17, 2012 6:53 PM GMT
    People will be happy to provide responses, but only if you promise that we don't have to use "stone" as a unit of measurement icon_wink.gif It's just too difficult to quickly convert!!
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    Jun 17, 2012 6:54 PM GMT
    ECnAZ saidPeople will be happy to provide responses, but only if you promise that we don't have to use "stone" as a unit of measurement icon_wink.gif It's just too difficult to quickly convert!!


    There's 14lbs to a st, that doesn't seem like too difficult of a conversion, so he's 147 lbs
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    Jun 17, 2012 7:04 PM GMT
    You don't get huge by accident...
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    Jun 17, 2012 7:25 PM GMT
    NewNDiscreet said
    ECnAZ saidPeople will be happy to provide responses, but only if you promise that we don't have to use "stone" as a unit of measurement icon_wink.gif It's just too difficult to quickly convert!!


    There's 14lbs to a st, that doesn't seem like too difficult of a conversion, so he's 147 lbs


    Twas only a joke icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 17, 2012 7:27 PM GMT
    bachian saidYou don't get huge by accident...


    This, one of the biggest beginner misconceptions. Getting huge by accident is the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest 'by accident'. And in many ways climbing Mt. Everest sounds a hell of a let less time consuming than getting a huge muscular physique o_O
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    Jun 17, 2012 7:36 PM GMT
    Sounds like the OP is looking for a swimmer's body, and not a gym body.
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    Jun 17, 2012 7:43 PM GMT
    ECnAZ said
    Twas only a joke icon_rolleyes.gif


    How dare you joke about our antiquated units of measurement!
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    Jun 17, 2012 8:31 PM GMT
    xrichx saidSounds like the OP is looking for a swimmer's body, and not a gym body.


    I was thinking the same thing, but the title implies otherwise. Kinda confusing. It would be nice, if we had a picture. Preferably not headless though. Headless people scare the bejesus out of me.
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    Jun 17, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    Ariodante said
    bachian saidYou don't get huge by accident...


    This, one of the biggest beginner misconceptions. Getting huge by accident is the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest 'by accident'. And in many ways climbing Mt. Everest sounds a hell of a let less time consuming than getting a huge muscular physique o_O


    Agreed. It takes forever in part because there's so much to learn: form, types of exercises, diet, supplements (legal), etc. It's a lot of trial and error. Honestly, patience and dedication are the keys. Well, unless you do steroids.
  • rf_dal

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    Jun 17, 2012 8:49 PM GMT
    I've had plenty of error, it's like finding a needle in a needle stack

    redsoxfan791 said
    Ariodante said
    bachian saidYou don't get huge by accident...


    This, one of the biggest beginner misconceptions. Getting huge by accident is the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest 'by accident'. And in many ways climbing Mt. Everest sounds a hell of a let less time consuming than getting a huge muscular physique o_O


    Agreed. It takes forever in part because there's so much to learn: form, types of exercises, diet, supplements (legal), etc. It's a lot of trial and error. Honestly, patience and dedication are the keys. Well, unless you do steroids.
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    Jun 17, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    Eat more eat more eat more.
  • Splendidus_1

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    Jun 17, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    I'm willing to take advices - and I do have pictures! I'm trying to get bigger, but since I'm 6'2'' and ectomorph, I won't get huge even if I wanted to - which I don't. I just want to have more muscle, and try to trick my usual slimness.
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    Jun 17, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    rf_dal saidI've had plenty of error, it's like finding a needle in a needle stack

    redsoxfan791 said
    Ariodante said
    bachian saidYou don't get huge by accident...


    This, one of the biggest beginner misconceptions. Getting huge by accident is the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest 'by accident'. And in many ways climbing Mt. Everest sounds a hell of a let less time consuming than getting a huge muscular physique o_O


    Agreed. It takes forever in part because there's so much to learn: form, types of exercises, diet, supplements (legal), etc. It's a lot of trial and error. Honestly, patience and dedication are the keys. Well, unless you do steroids.


    Interesting use of the word "needle," especially since I mentioned steroids. icon_lol.gif

    Seriously though, lots of error for me too. Especially on bench press form. So glad I'm past that.
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    Jun 17, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidEat more eat more eat more.


    Amen. Load up on protein. I aim for 200-250 grams of protein a day. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seeds, nuts.
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    Jun 17, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidEat more eat more eat more.


    To me this post doesn't properly convey just how much you have to eat D:
  • NateTD

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    Jun 18, 2012 10:40 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the responses guys, I will post some pics later today and add a bit more detail, like what I eat in a day that sort of thing.

    Maybe I was confusing with my earlier post. I am just tired of being slim and would prefer to be a bit larger and defined.

    Once again cheers

    Nathan
  • rf_dal

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    Jun 19, 2012 3:04 AM GMT
    You seem to have gotten the hang of it! Woof ;)


    redsoxfan791 said
    rf_dal saidI've had plenty of error, it's like finding a needle in a needle stack

    redsoxfan791 said
    Ariodante said
    bachian saidYou don't get huge by accident...


    This, one of the biggest beginner misconceptions. Getting huge by accident is the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest 'by accident'. And in many ways climbing Mt. Everest sounds a hell of a let less time consuming than getting a huge muscular physique o_O


    Agreed. It takes forever in part because there's so much to learn: form, types of exercises, diet, supplements (legal), etc. It's a lot of trial and error. Honestly, patience and dedication are the keys. Well, unless you do steroids.


    Interesting use of the word "needle," especially since I mentioned steroids. icon_lol.gif

    Seriously though, lots of error for me too. Especially on bench press form. So glad I'm past that.
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    Jun 19, 2012 3:16 AM GMT
    NateTD saidHey I am 22 years old, 5'9. 10st 7lbs. Quite fit and healthy. I want to start putting on some weight i.e muscle without being too big, I just want to be a bit more defined and have a more masculine figure without getting huge.

    I don't know where to start as I don't want to eat more and do the wrong kind of excercise and just end up getting fat.

    Any advice of how to start?

    Cheers

    Nathan

    That will work for about 3 months. Good luck building muscle after that. Eating is the most important aspect of it. Imo a guy with a terrible routine who eats right will have more results than a guy with a great routine who doesn't eat enough to grow.
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    Jun 19, 2012 3:23 AM GMT
    You need to eat about every 2 hours during the day. You wanna take about 1.5 grams of protein in a day per your body weight. It's hard to do that just by eating alone so I would find a good protein powder (lower in calories and not full of sugar) to help you out. You also want to eat healthy carbs like sweet potatoes, regular oatmeal (not that fruit flavored junk), brown rice, or whole wheat bread. Greek yogurt or cottage cheese are also good options for protein. If you combine this with an intense training routine then you will gain muscle but not fat. There are some great programs on bodybuilding.com that can help you.

    You can work out all you want but if you don't eat right you won't grow.
  • Plaidstix

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    Jun 19, 2012 3:58 AM GMT
    xrichx saidSounds like the OP is looking for a swimmer's body, and not a gym body.


    Is a swimmers bod not attainable through going to the gym? I'm kinda in the same boat as the OP. I'm 20, 5'10, and a 125lb ectomorph trying to gain muscle definition/swimmers build. Recently joined a gym.
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    Jul 07, 2012 12:02 AM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidEat more eat more eat more.


    Good advice.

  • Aug 01, 2012 6:57 AM GMT
    get a good diet and eat and dont stop eating, lift and sleep
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    Aug 28, 2012 1:53 PM GMT
    'dont want to get to big' if only my friend lol. Gaining Muscle is hard and takes dedication. Even when you juice like me its not easy. You wont get too big. If your friends notice a change after 3 months your doing really well
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    Aug 28, 2012 2:23 PM GMT
    you either need a personal trainer or you need to invest some time to develop your own fitness goals and research the different kinds of workouts appropriate for your goals.

    http://www.mensfitness.com/training/workout-routines - has routines for body types, beginners, short-term/vacation prep, getting back into it, etc.

    http://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/main.html - this has routines for beginners, strength, fat loss, muscle building, and targeting specific body parts (arms, legs, chest, shoulders)