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    Mar 22, 2010 5:07 PM GMT
    Hi everyone. I'm turning 40 this year and have just begun to work out to be in shape and healthier. I've ready a lot of contradictory things about working out and was hoping some of you with experience might be able to shed some light.

    I've never had to exercise to stay thin, but I'm looking to build some muscle but nothing too much as I'm 5'5 and being too bulky would look disproportionate I imagine. I have a small frame would fall under the ectomorphic category.

    What would your recommendation be to build up a bit. Like what frequency to workout and reps and weight, etc. I researched this a lot online, but the only articles I could find were from people that want to get as large as possible which isnt my goal. Any help would be great!

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    Mar 22, 2010 7:53 PM GMT
    You're going to have to up your food intake if you want to develop muscle. Exercise A LOT with weights and resistance and you probably don't need to go hot and heavy on the cardio.
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    Mar 22, 2010 8:35 PM GMT
    I've gone through the same situation as yours and my advice to you is to listen to your body's responses and always change your routine.
    I've done bulking up and that went great for awhile, and i've done cardio and circuit training and to my surprise i got more muscular when i was doing cardiotraining! Mass building doesn't always work to certain body types, even to some ectomprphs like us. My body seems to respond to one exercise per body part a week and then 20-35 minutes cardio afterwards. Sometimes to change it up I also concentrate on exercises that work more than one body part twice a week with 20 minutes cardio afterwards.
    Do what i did or figure out your own routines but always check how your body responds. Especially at our age it's very important, haha!
    Good Luck man.

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    Mar 22, 2010 11:23 PM GMT
    [quote] I researched this a lot online, but the only articles I could find were from people that want to get as large as possible which isnt my goal. Any help would be great! [/quote]
    i imagine it crossed your mind but:
    couldn't you just do one of those programs and stop it when you reach your desired level ?
    besides if you're a hard gainer, you won't get huge .

    i can't get big muscles in spite the fact i train 4 times/week at the gym.
    I prefer to run and ride fast ( not that i'm exceptional ) than look big ... and so do my genes.

    and are you patient? It's a long commitment.

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