Wanting to get a better looking upper body, need help!

  • Nayro

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    Dec 19, 2013 12:54 AM GMT
    Hello,

    So I want to get a more masculin, better looking upper body. My upper body is very weak at the moment, just because I never really did any sports to train it. I've been forcing my self to do pushups lately but I am really struggling to do 3 sets of 10. And with really struggling I'm not exagerating. Also I don't like doing pushups.

    Recently I moved into a new apartment and the complex has its own gym. It's tiny. Doesn't have too much equipment and usually no1 is there. I was figuring this would be a great opportunity to start working on my upper body. Thing is I don't know what to do. Can any of you guys who are more into fitness suggest a few excersises for me and on which basis I should do it?

    I am a tall ectomorph, though I don't think i have an extremely flat chest. I'm 1.92 m tall and weigh about 81 kg. I have bad eating habits, which I should work on.. It's impossible for me to gain weight though..

    Any help/advice would be really appreciated!

    Thanks in advance
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    Dec 19, 2013 1:34 AM GMT
    I was an ectomorph also. All the ectomorphs I know seem to stay thin no matter what until they hit around 30.
    If you can't gain weight, keep yourself toned. A rock hard arm is second best to a big rock hard arm. Bumpy abs are always possible.
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    Dec 19, 2013 1:44 AM GMT
    We've talked about this before.

    I may not have been as tall but weight was, was probably in a worse height/weight ratio. Heres the deal: you gotta eat. Calculate how much you have to eat to put on poundage - it might be....quite high (I'm talking 3,500 - 4,500 calories PER DAY!!!) because of your height but it is possible. Unless you eat, you won't make any gains and your body will stay where it is. Eat plenty of carbs (I truthfully ate 2lbs of pasta and 6 eggs EVERY DAY initially) and protein. You'll gain fat no matter so don't stare at your stomach for too long and wonder why you don't have a ripped 6-pack. You can worry about that later. And provided you aren't eating garbage like chips and soda (cut soda out totally - it just bloats you) and fast food, you shouldn't gain that much anyway.

    Now to your gym - I don't know what you gym has and doesn't have but I started out just using machines for 2 or so months. Gives the body some experience with the motions and gets it used to be stressed. Started out doing full body - every time you go (every other day) do a chest press, shoulder press, bicep curl, back row, tricep extension. And do 3-4 sets with 10 reps. Again, this is just the starting point. And DON"T FORGET THE LEGS! Real men don't skip leg day. icon_wink.gif

    Most importantly is to keep yourself motivated. It's SO easy to become disillusioned. You gotta really want it and have the willpower for it.

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    Dec 19, 2013 1:58 AM GMT
    Sorry, but the push-up is one of the best exercises for the chest, so keep doing them! They will become easier.
    Don't neglect your core and your back, while working on your pecs though. If you do cardio, opt for swimming if you can, most of the other cardio focuses too much on legs. Rowing is also nice for upper body, surfing too.
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    Dec 19, 2013 2:09 AM GMT
    My advice is for you to start liking push-up & pull-ups (both critical for your upper body). At the gym, focus on key exercises like bench presses, rows, squats, etc. It's not too complicated; but it takes time & diligence.
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    Dec 19, 2013 2:44 AM GMT
    slickwillie saidI think this is the first "health and fitness" topic I've seen here! Most seem to be devoted to "sexual racism" and people commenting on the guy above them.

    You learn fast. icon_wink.gif
  • Nayro

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    Dec 19, 2013 8:36 AM GMT
    I actually posted it under the fitness one but it got moved here..
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 19, 2013 4:33 PM GMT
    Can you tell us what equipment your gym has? I started in the condo gym where I live after having ignored a home bench with barbells for years. Once I got good at what was available, I moved on to a gym for more variety. Tell us what you've got and we can tell you how to get going. I hate pushups, too.

    Two things, though. Start drinking a protein shake immediately after working out and in the morning, too, if you work out at night. Give your muscles something to work with. Minimum of 32 gms of protein per shake and maximum of 130 calories. Watch out, there some real junk on the market and you'll have some sticker-shock with the good stuff.

    Second, once you've figured out your routine, which MUST include some rest days (the growth happens after the workout while at rest), you must commit to the schedule. You'll see tone pretty quickly but growth won't be significant for about six months at your age.
  • Nayro

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    Dec 20, 2013 2:06 AM GMT
    Destinharbor saidCan you tell us what equipment your gym has? I started in the condo gym where I live after having ignored a home bench with barbells for years. Once I got good at what was available, I moved on to a gym for more variety. Tell us what you've got and we can tell you how to get going. I hate pushups, too.

    Two things, though. Start drinking a protein shake immediately after working out and in the morning, too, if you work out at night. Give your muscles something to work with. Minimum of 32 gms of protein per shake and maximum of 130 calories. Watch out, there some real junk on the market and you'll have some sticker-shock with the good stuff.

    Second, once you've figured out your routine, which MUST include some rest days (the growth happens after the workout while at rest), you must commit to the schedule. You'll see tone pretty quickly but growth won't be significant for about six months at your age.


    I'll upload a pic. It's really small! Thanks for wanting to help me! icon_smile.gif
  • Nayro

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    Dec 23, 2013 7:01 AM GMT
    Meh I just found out I dont know how to upload pictures.. Let me sort this out for a moment. I'll get it done icon_razz.gif
  • Nayro

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    Dec 24, 2013 11:41 AM GMT
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