How to make a skinny guy buff?


  • Jan 30, 2009 7:52 PM GMT
    So.. I've always been thin.. Sometimes too thin.. I've tried lifting weights.. and after a year or so i gained enough weight to feel/look good.. i peaked around 135 pounds.. Then.. i went back to the dorms.. Instead of gaining the stereotypical dorm weight (15) pounds.. I lost it.. i got out of the habit of working out.. and I'm back down to my low (115 lbs).

    I want to know.. What's the best way for me to bulk up? Lifting 3 times a week seems to have some results, but its hard for me to sustain.. I guess i should just get my ass back into lifting but i was wondering if anyone has any tips for me? I don't want to bulk up enormously.. but having actual pecs would be nice.....
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jan 30, 2009 8:14 PM GMT
    Mikey-You are an ectomorph- Goolge it. right now your body is following your genetic blue print. To change this you are going to have to Eat EAt EAT. Protein intake is key. You will need to push your body out of comfort zone for your height and weight. You will want to lift free weights and have a plan of increasing your weight at leat 4-6 times a week in the gym for a hour. Moving to diffrent body parts. You will have to cut down on cardio as I did.

    When I was your age I was 5'11 145 pounds. Now I am 5'11 and 172-174 still with a 30waist. It can be done. depends on how bad you want it. I recommend getting a personal trainer for a few sessions to help you learn how to lift correctly, as well as measuring you max weight lifting ability now. This way you have a bench mark and you can increase weight lifted as you go. As you move up in reps and increase weight you body will grow!

    Start now by summer you will have pecs. Include flat incline and decline bench press. Get a spotter!!! Move from bar to dumbells and machines. Give your body part a 2 day recovery before hitting then hard again.

    Just do it!!

    Good Luck

    Mike3
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    Jan 30, 2009 10:43 PM GMT


    Ectomorph
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    Jan 30, 2009 11:02 PM GMT
    Sham-Wow.
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    Jan 30, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
    This topic comes up at least once every ten days here in the forums. My answer is almost always the same. I've answered it no less than four times publicly, and countless times individually.

    In one word, the answer to your question is: EAT.

    If you consume more calories than you burn, you'll gain weight.
    If you consume fewer calories than you burn, you'll lose weight.

    Now, aside from low caloric intake, there are several other things than can hinder weight gain:
    Hyperactive thyroid.
    Disease / sickness. E.g. HIV.
    Mental health disorders. E.g. anorexia, low body image, fear of getting fat.

    If you're committed to a plan for success, I'd like you to do this:
    Download the USDA SR21 food calculator.
    Get a postal scale for about 40 bucks at any office supply place.
    Record your what you eat.
    Record your workouts.
    Post that information here.
    It's a very simple task, and will help you get more in tune with how many calories you are consuming.

    You can only fix what gets studied. Now, YOU, need to study.

    Here's an example of one day while I was eating to get lean. I was at about 5% fat when I recorded this, and about 3 weeks out from The Europa Super Show.

    food_20070729.jpg

    flex89, Logan, was able to gain 74 pounds, while lowering his body fat by 2% doing as he was instructed, in just five months.

    Just like a fat person losing weight, a commitment on your part is required to make change in your life, as well. There's no magic pill.

    You should see a doctor to review the issues I've mentioned above. If you're in good health (mentally, and physically), there's no reason for not gaining weight if you consume more calories than you burn. It's THAT simple.

    Gaining weight is about calories, and has very little to do with workout A, or workout B.
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    Jan 31, 2009 1:07 AM GMT
    to get past the genetics (no matter what anyone says)
    juice
    and if they say they haven't/don't
    don't believe them
    coming to you from a former 5'9 155lb guy
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    Jan 31, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    I weighed 175 in high school at 12% and had the 5'th highest strength index in the high school. That's genes, and dead cow, along with some potatoes, and 3 years of training, without missing a beat, and some excellent coaching. I was a stud when I was 15.

    Juice will make you a freak, if you have the genes, the will, and the calories, but, the vast majority of folks just plain ass don't eat. If you wanta' be huge, it takes smarts, genes, calories, training, rest, and time. A guy with crappy nutrition can make gains on juice, but, certainly, unless he learns to eat (85% of the game, at least) he'll continue to be an also-ran.

    My motto: eat until it hurts, and then eat extra.

    These gay guys that at 120 at 5'10" simply don't eat.
  • gymguy81

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    Jan 31, 2009 2:12 AM GMT
    hey hey hey i was a 5'9" 135 i couldent help it i was an ectomorph and highy active i hate like a horse..



    seriously speaking as an ectomorph calorie intake is key and you need to look at the ratio of calories you burn vs intake if your very active it will be exceeding ly dificult to add size if you are sedntary alot u can put on the mass but may not be the mass you want it all about balance with an ecto.
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    Jan 31, 2009 4:04 AM GMT
    gymguy81 saidhey hey hey i was a 5'9" 135 i couldent help it i was an ectomorph and highy active i hate like a horse..

    seriously speaking as an ectomorph calorie intake is key and you need to look at the ratio of calories you burn vs intake if your very active it will be exceeding ly dificult to add size if you are sedntary alot u can put on the mass but may not be the mass you want it all about balance with an ecto.


    Yep. Sometimes, it's best to accept your plight. I'll NEVER play professional basketball, EVER.
  • novajava

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    Jan 31, 2009 4:24 AM GMT
    EAT EAT EAT EAT EAT!!!!!!! ....... And have snacks in between! hehehe ... eat everything and anything don"t matter.... till u break through and gain weight... also workout at least 3-4 times a week.. stick to compound Mass type exercises, and keep upping the weight. Then u have to gain weight, never skip meals and eat crazy amounts of calories (and i mean be a pig! gorge out man! .. most real skinny guys don't eat enough it takes a LOOOOOOOTTT! of food..

    i used to be 115 - 120 , couldn't gain weight..all the while eating 4 times what my friends ate ( makes 'en jealous u can eat so much... haha) But when i started working out, and eating like a pack of wolves took over my body i gained weight!. After i had gained abt 30 lbs my metabolism changed. i still eat a lot of food for my size but more like normal now and i can gain weight when i want... Happy eating man... don't forget eat anything. pie ..ice cream..n e thing u wanna, cause after u get bigger you'll have to eat a lil cleaner. icon_smile.gif