Did you start out 'skinny' /thin? Got any tips?

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    Feb 15, 2009 4:56 AM GMT
    I'm looking for motivation, and help!

    Did you start out skinny? If so please say so and maybe post a pic to show what you've accomplished icon_smile.gif

    I'm skinny, and would love some tips on how to 'bulk up'. I've always been skinny, but fancy putting on some weight now.

    My target is: http://www.realjock.com/fullphoto/?id=158969_382234&height=665 (cute guy eh!?)

    Is there any hope for me or will I always be a skinny guy icon_neutral.gif

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    Feb 15, 2009 6:36 AM GMT
    yep. consistency. it aint gonna happen by thinking about getting big. eat big. work out big. rest big. every week, every month, every year.
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    Feb 15, 2009 8:53 AM GMT
    I started out at 125lbs at 6'. I went through 3 personal trainers (not at the same time) over a couple of years and ended up being about 155lbs at 8% body fat. Obviously, I don't still have that body but I'm working toward it again. I learned a lot from them.

    In case your interested why I had 3 personal trainers the first one left the job, the second one got more into the sales side, and the third one taught me enough that I didn't need him anymore. All were great guys.

    You do not have to remain skinny.
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    Feb 15, 2009 9:03 AM GMT


    I think you should see Charlitos now .. he started as a skinny boy ..
    I need some hard work too .. look at me (I was even skinnier) but then look at all the RJ guys , they had a goal and they reached it .. for me , just looking at pictures in this site give me motivation, everybody has a great body, and nothing prevents you to be like them or better.. icon_smile.gif

    The target you put is reasonable .. you should start searching this site for food tips and workouts ... it's 60% food then workout and good sleep..
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    Feb 15, 2009 9:30 AM GMT
    The thing is, there's no big secret to getting bigger. But your age and genetics will always be a factor.

    Younger guys tend to have a higher metabolism and burn calories so fast, they can't seem to gain no matter what. But that's usually misperception. I trained a guy who started off telling me he ate right and worked out. I soon found out he was running five times a week in addition to working out at the gym every day. Duh. No.

    If you are doing lots of cardio, stop. Once or twice a week is all you need. And start eating 5 or 6 smaller meals spaced evenly through the day. See, it's not rocket science. But it does require discipline and lots of patience. Unless you're doing steroids, you can only expect to gain about 10 pounds of lean muscle a year. Everything else will tend to be fat. Of course, no two people are alike.

    You also need to know what body type you are. You appear to be a true ectomorph, so you can't be big-muscled like your average high school and college football jocks. But most of them will end up fat by the time they're 40 and you'll have the last laugh.

    I was 140 at 5'10" in my senior year in high school. I am now 210. While it isn't all muscle, especially right now, I got to where I am by simply eating right and working out several times a week--for years.
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    Feb 15, 2009 4:35 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone.

    I should own up to hitting the exercise bike almost everyday icon_redface.gif but I just feel so refreshed afterwards, it's addictive!

    I think the next thing I ought to do is look up some newbie routines and see how they go, if any of you got any links to good ones you've used or recommend I'd appreciate it.

    Cheers again for all the replies - this place is really friendly!
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    Feb 15, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    I'm in the same boat as Krazy (with about the same goal), so I wanna thank you guys too. I wanna put on some pounds, but no so much that I have to buy a whole new wardrobe.
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    Feb 15, 2009 4:59 PM GMT
    I graduated high school at 5' 8" and a buck thirty five. I was skinny well into my mid twenties. I did work out but it wasn't until I was very consistent (hit gym 5x a week and ate more) that I put on muscle. I'm about 20 pounds heavier now and have managed to keep my body fat low by eating smart (very few refined foods--if it wasn't around 100 years ago, I usually don't eat it).
    Good luck in your endeavors
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    Feb 15, 2009 5:12 PM GMT
    Hey. I appreciate your goal. I came back to the U.S. at 21 years old and weighing 135 lbs. (at 6'2") Yeesh! I became so disgusted with myself that I knew something had to be done. It took a while to figure out what to do that actually works. I started doing what most people on here have said. I ate 6 small meals a day with protein and healthy carbs. I also worked out with free weights (not isolation machines) and allowed myself plenty of sleep and recovery time (no more than once a week working out the same muscle group)
    I am now at a steady 175 lbs. lean. I'm not huge...but much MUCH better and happier. Your fellow ectomorph -John
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    Feb 15, 2009 5:25 PM GMT
    Started out like a stick.. Could eat anything. Then I turned 12 and my body was like fuck you Sean and I got chubby. In grade 9 I was 192 pounds and 5'10. I was big through all of high school. Then I lost weight after getting food poisioning.. sick for a couple days.. and I just didn't eat as much after that. I guess my stomach shrunk I went down to 150 pounds durring the following year.

    I'm now 6'0 and between 175 and 180 but its because i've been working out because prior to working out I was only 160 icon_biggrin.gif So I gained 15 pounds in muscle since I started working out.

    What's done it for me is the weight and I eat.. a lot icon_razz.gif Except Valentines Day for some reason..
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    Feb 15, 2009 9:36 PM GMT
    I was a thin triathlete weighing about 140lb. I have managed to get the same buzz from lifting as I used to from endurance sports (ok not the same, it´s different but good). I´m now 180lb and you can see (ish) what that looks like from my picture. I´m not big, but am reasonably well proportioned and defined (still with lots of room for growth!)

    Eat
    Lift
    Sleep
    Repeat

    That really is it, But you need to do it, not talk about it