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06-16-2005, 10:27 AM
... as I hope to get much bigger.

About 147 lbs.
Don't know bodyfat, I'd guess between 5%-8%.
I've been lifting seriously for about 4 months, diet included. I've gained about 8 lbs so far. I have a crazy small/thin bone structure but no injuries or chronic problems so I'm excited to see where I can go.

Click the images if you feel like seeing a larger view.

http://img292.echo.cx/img292/8347/back8sv.th.jpg (http://img292.echo.cx/my.php?image=back8sv.jpg)

http://img292.echo.cx/img292/1387/frontflex23cc.th.jpg (http://img292.echo.cx/my.php?image=frontflex23cc.jpg)

http://img292.echo.cx/img292/7240/frontflex5ex.th.jpg (http://img292.echo.cx/my.php?image=frontflex5ex.jpg)

http://img292.echo.cx/img292/175/calves5qn.th.jpg (http://img292.echo.cx/my.php?image=calves5qn.jpg)

http://img292.echo.cx/img292/6703/quad0dw.th.jpg (http://img292.echo.cx/my.php?image=quad0dw.jpg)

http://img292.echo.cx/img292/8540/unflexed0rf.th.jpg (http://img292.echo.cx/my.php?image=unflexed0rf.jpg)

Input on things lacking, strong points needed and welcomed. I'm putting together a new routine/diet since I've plateaud a bit. Thx.

06-16-2005, 10:33 AM
you look great wow! nice and lean

06-16-2005, 10:40 AM
Very lean, man. You're very similar to what I was about 7 months ago (and 40lbs lighter). I'd say only your chest and quads are lagging a little. Overall great body for impressing the wimmens at the beach this summer.

06-16-2005, 01:28 PM
wow 148lbs at 5'10 - looks more like 170ish

06-16-2005, 01:34 PM
you look great wow! nice and lean

Very lean, man. You're very similar to what I was about 7 months ago (and 40lbs lighter). I'd say only your chest and quads are lagging a little...

I'd agree with the quads. I run quite a bit so I'm finding it hard to put weight on them. I was considering a 20-rep squat addition in a new routine.

...Overall great body for impressing the wimmens at the beach this summer.

Heh, thanks but my 'wimmens' wouldn't appreciate me impressing anybody but her really. Works for me though.

wow 148lbs at 5'10 - looks more like 170ish

Thanks, but my wrists and ankles are painfully skinny. I'm very small framed. I'm glad at least I look that way to some. :windup:

06-16-2005, 04:34 PM
Hey, just out of curiousity, what does your diet look like?

06-17-2005, 06:55 AM
I'm not on a specific diet, controlling the types of food. But I am taking in a fixed amount of calories and protein (give or take a few hundred, and a few grams respectively). This would be a normal day, and I work full time right now.

6:30 Wake up
7:00 ProLab N Large Shake (1 serving with 3 cups of 1% milk) before I go to work.
9:00-10:00 1/2 cup of plain almonds, and a ham/cheese wheat bagel I make on break.

12:00 Home for 1 can of tuna on wheat toast. 1 scoop of whey protein mixed with about 1 cup of milk + an apple or banana or some piece of fruit.

3:00-4:00 I make another ProLab shake when I go home for lunch and bring it to work. I drink it around this time.

7:00 I make myself dinner. Usually 1 chicken breast/steak, 2 servings of rice or potato and some vegetable (usually asparagus or brocolli).

9:00-10:00 1 scoop of whey protein mixed with milk, a handful of almonds, and some pretzels or something.

I don't eat ice cream, candy, fast food of any kind, or anything fried. I only take a multivitamin and 3-4 capsules of fish oil spread out through the day. I train either in the space between 4:00 - 7:00 or 7:00 - 9:00. None of my meals are gigantic so I can lift with at least an hour of rest after any of them. I've currently stopped gaining weight but I'm stuffed all the time so I'm trying to pack more food in somewhere. Strength gains have not suffered yet.

06-17-2005, 07:58 AM
You're built really similar to me. I'd recommend starting to count calories and really keep track of them. That's what I'm currently doing and hopefully will see some major weight gains in the next few months. Other then that you're real lean good work.

06-17-2005, 08:00 AM
WOW, what a great frame to build upon!! Really and the arms show some size already, you will be a monster!!!!!

06-20-2005, 07:29 AM
Thanks all. My goal is/was to gain 25lbs of muscle and end up with my current BF % by December. I started at 138 and am 8-9 lbs into it but all size gains have stopped. I was really suprised because I thought my diet would carry me further but no such luck.

06-20-2005, 11:33 AM
unfortunately, noobie gains. Just stay where you are until you get leaner, then gain some more weight. There is a grey area between bulking and cutting. You have a great frame, and carry your weight well. Don't be so concerned with gaining so much weight. Quality over quantity

06-20-2005, 11:39 AM
Is everyone different with noobie gains? I mean for duration?

I've been lifting seriously and with my diet in check for about 3.5-4 months. How do I know when my noob gains stop? Is it techincally when I reach my frist plateau? I understand what noob gains are, but never really hear anyone talk about when they're over or some signs of when you're past that part.

Does it have more to do with the drastic/quick CNS changes that you go through in the beginning, then those start to slow down and your body adds mass to make up for it? (Adding mass is harder and takes more time than CNS changes?)

Thanks in advance for any answers or advice.

06-20-2005, 04:57 PM
If your gains have stopped just add something else in during the day, some more whole wheat bread or something. to bump your calories a couple hundred.

06-20-2005, 06:21 PM
are you naturally a low bf% person or is it bcause of the diet?

06-21-2005, 08:01 AM
I'm naturally this way. I eat between 3000-3400 calories a day. That's about 400-500 over maintenance (when I weighed 6 or 7 lbs less than this). I'm sure if I ate 5000-6000 calories a day and ate McDonald's all the time, I'd be a lard ass. So I'm sure it is because of my diet.

My body has never stored much fat. I'm trying to learn how to eat more food right now to force it to add muscle. What I eat now is probably 500-700 calories over what I would normally eat (before I started training) - and I'm stuffed 24/7.

I think I need to bump it up another 300-400. I believe in the fact that there is no such thing as a "hardgainer" as extreme as some places might lead you believe. I think most people are "normalgainers" that don't eat enough or enough of the right things. And I used to think I was one, heh.

I'm trying, almost there.