Do you do toning exercise while you are trying to bulk up?

  • Moishendlishu...

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    Feb 16, 2010 3:23 AM GMT
    So I've heard varying theories on this. I met with a nutritionist who told me that if you want to gain weight you have to eat at least 300 calories more than your BMR a day, but not to overdo it or you start gaining fat. Since eating 500 calories more a day will get you a pound a week.....that's a long time to see results.

    My goal is 225. I workout 5 days a a week including a day of toning legs and abs and do toning exercises at the end of my body splits workouts. My question is, am I actually hindering my goal? Different sources say you should focus on gaining mass and toning out later, but I don't want to get fat in order to hit my weight goal. Anyone else have this problem?
  • lozano86

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    Feb 16, 2010 6:43 AM GMT
    You want to weigh 225?
  • Moishendlishu...

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    Feb 16, 2010 7:03 AM GMT
    Yup. I'm a tall dude ;)
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    Feb 16, 2010 12:21 PM GMT
    I really couldn't tell you. I just show up at the gym, fling weights around like a monkey, and then let out my most concentrated Richard Simmons impersonation on some poor piece of cardio equipment.

    I hope for the best.
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    Apr 13, 2010 4:26 AM GMT
    Going to the gym 5 times a week might be kind of doing yourself a dis-service. If anything you'll want to lift heavy to make the muscles grow and give yourself time for your body to heal before battering it again. Go 3 times a week splitting up the workouts and worry about toning later on down the road........ Building muscles and toning are on different ends of the spectrum.... One requires heavy weights low reps the other light weights and multiple repetitions... Hopefully that might help abit...
  • MikemikeMike

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    Apr 13, 2010 10:25 AM GMT
    look at tlmuscle's profile. He's 6'6 ask him how he did it. Also muscle tower.
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    Apr 13, 2010 11:43 AM GMT
    So 210 and you want to add 15 lbs to your frame? Are you an ectomorph? Or a mesomorph? Do you know? Being tall and lanky, you're probably more of an ectomorph. You're going to need to eat more than an extra 500 calories a day and stay away from the cardio to add mass. You'll also need to lift for mass, which is not the same as "tone"—you've got to up the intensity in more weight, less rest and moderate volume. (Lift as heavy as you can do to a good 8-10 reps per set, rest less between sets.) Shock and stimulate those muscles into using those extra calories to grow. If you're still finding you're not gaining weight, lay off the number of days you lift per week. Eat well, train hard, rest a lot.
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    Apr 13, 2010 5:42 PM GMT
    Research HST and see if it's right for you.
    I would give advice about it, but I'm still new to it...just been doing it for a few days so I don't know enough about it to make any conclusions yet.
    And yeah, eat a lot. Kinda hard to build muscle without feeding muscle.
  • FredMG

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    Apr 13, 2010 5:49 PM GMT
    Moishendlishus saidSo I've heard varying theories on this. I met with a nutritionist who told me that if you want to gain weight you have to eat at least 300 calories more than your BMR a day, but not to overdo it or you start gaining fat. Since eating 500 calories more a day will get you a pound a week.....that's a long time to see results.

    My goal is 225. I workout 5 days a a week including a day of toning legs and abs and do toning exercises at the end of my body splits workouts. My question is, am I actually hindering my goal? Different sources say you should focus on gaining mass and toning out later, but I don't want to get fat in order to hit my weight goal. Anyone else have this problem?


    It's also eating good stuff for muscle building. When I was doing the Real Jock Weight Loss Challenge, I told the nutritionists that i wanted to at least maintain my muscle weight if not add to it. Near the end my food perscription was up to 15 servings of very lean meat, like ground sirlon, turkey, skinless chicken white meat, egg whites and so on. Don't dis read meat too much it has creatine which 'theoretically helps you build muscle'.

    so I guess what I'm saying is at least add those 300-500 calories with stuff that helps you further your goal OR, check with a nutrionist.