Nov 08, 2009 8:33 PM GMT
Hi all. I'm sure this topic has been talked about, but I've been working out at a high intensity for about 2 years (I am 26 now), involving mostly weight training. My gains are so slow!! I'm around 6'2"; I used to be very skinny (before I quit smoking cigarettes, I was around 160 lbs), then after I quit I ballooned up to 220. About a year later, I decided to start working out a whole lot -- five days a week on average. I do one day heavy chest/light arms, then one day light chest/heavy arms and shoulders, then a day of shoulders/back, then legs, then an aerobic day (as much as I can), then rest days. I'm still stuck right at 220, which is what I was at the height of the weight gain post-quitting smoking. I do look a lot slimmer, and I can tell I've been losing fat and gaining a little muscle, but it's so slow! I can't break over 220 no matter what I do. At night I may get up to 225 or so, but of course the next morning I'm right back down even to 215. I eat everything in sight, about 3500-4000 calories a day, full of all kinds of protein, like cottage cheese, fat free yogurt, plant protein like beans, nuts, etc., beef, chicken, all sorts of veggies, etc. I use creatine every day, fish oil, multivitamin supplements, etc etc. I feel very healthy except occasional hiccups, but I just am not getting the muscle mass I want! Is this because I'm only recently athletic at all? Do I need to actually go to a gym instead of using my home gym? It's a Gold's Gym home gym with the plates in the back -- I can look up the model if you need to know. Short of steroids or HGH, what can I use or do for my regimine to really gain some real muscle mass, as a motivated ectomorph? My pics are on realjock, with a few updated pics from today. Thanks for your help!