Working out 5x Weekly, Bulking is painfully slow!

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    Aug 13, 2008 6:43 AM GMT
    I'm at the gym early in the morning for roughly an hour each time.

    I'm primarily interested in a significant mass increase for my shoulders, biceps, triceps, and back. However, I'm unsure as-to the best approach, should I focus more on weight or form/repetitions?

    I am very interested in starting the use of free weights, any helpful tips/exercises would be appreciated!

    Full profile at Connexion.org/smatta (for pics, to get an idea of where I'm at)
  • UFJocknerd

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    Aug 15, 2008 1:41 AM GMT
    What's the diet looking like?
  • TexanMan82

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    Aug 15, 2008 2:37 AM GMT
    Well you should always pay attention to form. No point in trying to lift heavy if your form sucks. You're just asking for an injury, plus it's just not very efficient if you aren't hitting the muscles correctly.

    Here's something that I've heard that has served me well. It's not about how much weight you are lifting, it's about how much weight your muscles think you are lifting.
  • B71115

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    Aug 15, 2008 2:57 AM GMT
    Unless you are taking steroids, I wouldn't work out five times a week to bulk. Your body needs time to grow, and it needs recovery time for that. Also, make sure you are getting more protein than you thought possible and get all your nutrition. Glutamine, too.
  • TexanMan82

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    Aug 15, 2008 2:59 AM GMT
    Eh, I think working out 5 times a week is fine. Hell, I workout in some way pretty much everyday. It's all about eating correctly and getting enough sleep.

    5 days a week is pretty normal for hard core lifters.
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    Aug 15, 2008 3:05 AM GMT
    Bulking IS a slow process.....period! Gains come in fractions of inches over months and months of training/feeding/resting. 5 days a week is not necessarily too much if you are on a split routine. Going to school and possibly working doesn't usually leave a whole lot of time for training and maybe none for cooking and eating as healthy as you could either. More information would be needed to make a really good evaluation of where you are and what you might change to make improvements. You've got to be patient and realistic when setting goals for bulking up.
  • B71115

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    Aug 16, 2008 12:19 AM GMT
    TexanMan82 saidEh, I think working out 5 times a week is fine. Hell, I workout in some way pretty much everyday. It's all about eating correctly and getting enough sleep.

    5 days a week is pretty normal for hard core lifters.


    5 days a week IS fine, and it is normal. BUT you outweigh him by 40 lbs. He is trying to gain weight, and I've been where he's been. Maybe you have, too. His body needs food, exertion and rest. Plenty of all three.
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    Aug 22, 2008 1:51 AM GMT
    Thanks for the replies gents, the advice is helpful and I am applying it as such.