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    Oct 21, 2015 5:15 PM GMT
    Some background: I started to get my body in shape on September 1st. I figured if I work at it by the time summer comes back around I'll be in shape rather than exercising all summer and getting results at the end.

    I've always been skinny. Always. My goals aren't to go from twink to daddy status, but to define and enhance what I have.

    I looked up videos of exercises at home (no money for a gym membership) and I do arms on Mondays, legs on Tuesdays, abs on Wednesdays, and chest on Thursdays, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I rest (I wrote down all the exercises and can post them if anyone wants to see).

    I had one video for each day and I know that it's good to mix it up so your body doesn't get used to whatever you're doing and plateau. So I added another video to my routine. I didn't really sweat unless I was making up another day (like if I missed Monday, I'd make it up Tuesday).

    At times I feel like I'm making progress. Other times I'll see myself in the mirror and I'm like "I don't know if I'm actually making progress or if it's just my natural skinniness?"

    I guess what I'm asking is how do I know if I'm actually getting results or I'm just wasting my time? Also I'm 20 and I think my metabolism should be slowing down right? Any supplements anyone can recommend would be appreciated too.
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 21, 2015 6:59 PM GMT
    I assume Friday and Saturday are shoulders and back. If not, add them. Abs can be done on the same day as any of the major muscle sets and really should be done every other day. So eliminate that as a dedicated day and tack it on to a couple of your shorter days, spaced a day or two apart. If you do that, you then have a five day rotation which means which day of the week you do a given muscle group will change from week to week. Write it down and keep track. But as a result, you will be working each group slightly more than once/week. At 20, you can handle it. More advanced (not for you yet) will be to do the same for arms by tacking it on to other days, typically back and biceps, chest and triceps. Again that will further compress the rotation resulting in that muscle getting worked more frequently.

    You will get some definition you didn't have pretty quickly, probably seeing some now. But for noticeable muscle growth, you need more like six months. For a skinny guy (high metabolism), this process will take a while, probably two years. So relax and start thinking of it as a lifestyle choice. I know it seems hard now, but later it you'll feel bad if you don't work out, it will be that thing you do for you and to give you energy and strength. And a good body. Join a gym when you can. Don't worry about your metabolism slowing down or speeding up. It is what it is.

    If cash is tight, skip all the supplements except a good protein powder. Make sure it is low in calories, say, less than 100 calories and at least 40 grams of protein. Drink that immediately after your workout. Some new thinking says it really doesn't matter when but old thinking says it does so just do it. You will need some carbs in your system but get them early in the day and eat clean, healthy food including fresh veggies and meats.

    Remember, this isn't a chore. It is what will make you healthy, strong, and feel good for the rest of your life. Congrats!

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    Oct 21, 2015 9:25 PM GMT
    Thanks man. I appreciate your advice. I'll finish this week like how I usually do and move things around for next week.

    What exercises do you recommend for shoulders and back?