Hi, this is my first post. I'd like some of you guys to look at my lifestyle on lifting and nutrition to see if I'm on the right path. 1 Year ago I started lifting because I have a very fast metabolism and I hated being so thin. I was 5'11 and I weighed around 140. I was eating normally like any given person 3 times a day.
Like I said 1 year ago I decided I wanted to put on some lbs, so I began eating 5-6 times a day and working out in my home gym.
Today, Im happy to say im up to 155 and I gained around 17 lbs in the last 11 months. I want to be 175 in a few years, please look over what I'm doing and give suggestions:
My work out:
Sunday Day 1: 1.5 hours Biceps and Back. I usually do atleast 10-15 machines and free weight exercises and alternate the body group.
Monday Day 2: 1.5 hours Chest/Triceps/Shoulders. Again, alternating between the shoulder press, the fly, shoulder shruggs etc.
Repeat Day 1 on Wednesday
Repeat Day 2 on Thursday
Friday Day 5: 1 hour of Leg/Ab and Cardio work.
I usually go max weight, 8 reps. 5 Sets per excerise.
Breakfast: 1 bowl of granola type cereal. 1 Cytogainer protein shake (2 scoops), 1 scoop ice cream, 1/2 serving yogurt, 6 oz milk.
Snack (1.5 hr later) Few handful of cashews, a few stalks of celery with 2 servings peanut butter
Lunch (1.5 hr later) Chicken/Rice/Vegetable stirfry
Snack (1.5 hr later) Turkey on wheat with an apple
Dinner (1.5 hr later) Same protein shake as for breakfast, minus the icecream.
Snack (1.5 hr later before bed) Some random item, like a baked potato, some chicken quesadilas or beef.
I don't drink any soda, and I usually take in 3-5 glasses of water a day. I don't smoke and don't drink excessively. If I find myself not eating 4 or 5 times a day, I feel like im losing weight.
I also take Mega Man vitamin by GNC twice a day.
I joined 24 hour fitness (remember I was in a home gym for the last 11 months) last month.
I haven't been seeing a lot of weight increase of body increase since I joined a real gym, which surprised me. I've only gained 1-2 lbs in the last month at the new gym.
Lastly, I do feel tired a lot of the time due to working out so much and I am having pain in my left elbow/arm area when I curl for biceps. I have avoided all exercises causing pain to it, which has been happening for the last week now.
Thanks for reading, any recommendations or critique would be helpful! Basically I want to be a little bit bigger in the arm area, forearms and biceps especially. My legs are still twigs and I can't find the time to do a full work out on them more than once a week.
Last edited by tonyridino; 04-16-2009 at 08:12 PM.
Your current program has you working out five days a week, so clearly you do have time to work out your legs more, and you should.My legs are still twigs and I can't find the time to do a full work out on them more than once a week.
Google "Starting Strength"; buy the book; do the program. In two months, I've put on 25 pounds of mostly muscle, raised my squat by 110 pounds, my deadlift by 130 pounds, my bench press by 50 pounds, my overhead press by 40 pounds, and my power cleans by 50 pounds. And these aren't atypical results for beginners who follow the program exactly and eat, eat, eat. And, yes, you are a beginner in terms of programming.
Your routine is pretty bad, especially if you want legs.
Day 1: Chest/Tris
Day 2: Legs/Abs
Day 3: Rest
Day 4: Back/Bis
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Legs/Shoulders/Abs
Day 7: Rest
As for your diet, you're being too picky with what you eat. Don't measure it, just eat it! Eat 3000-4000 cals a day!
Starting Strength, WBB1.1, etc. - pre-made routines that are proven to work. I'd do Starting Strength.
As for your diet, it's too measured out and appears to be small. EAT. At 5'11" and 140, you're built like I used to be, but heavier. Instead of increasing each meal's cal count, add another meal or 2.
Give chalk a chance.
49 years old
That's alot of volume...
I'm confused though... Do you workout until you get to 1.5 hours or do you go for 5 sets of 8 reps and end when you finish everything?
That's a long time to be doing biceps...
Well, any muscle really, but biceps in particular.
Jim Wendler, 531 Method"Donít fall for the crap that people are peddling on message boards, in magazines or on TV. Get your **** in order, and get your training in order. Start kicking ass, and take out the crap that doesnít matter. Start doing and believing in the stuff that works, and do it today and forever. You want science and studies? **** you. Iíve got scars and blood and vomit."
I guess the real question is what are your goals? Size? Strength? Both?
There's no need for us to argue about the routine until you tell us what you're looking for.
Give chalk a chance.
49 years old
You can't do something like:
Back Squat 2x4-8
Leg Press 2x4-8
Leg Curl 1-2x8-12
GHR 2-4 sets
Twice a week.
Last edited by OGROK; 04-17-2009 at 05:05 PM.
thanks for the input guys.
My goals are weight and size of course, the weight I put on seems to go straight to muscle since I don't store a whole lot of fat since I'm so thin.
For my workouts, its usually 2 muscle groups, 5 sets of 8 reps for about an hour and half. I'm usually all over the gym, probably 60% on machines and 40 on free weights. I have a real hard time steadily free weights, such as the bench. I can bench about 180 on my home gym with stability, and I'm having trouble lifting 125 on the bar since the damn things sways all over the place.
I assume my problem is my lack of technique. I'm usually all over the gym lifting tons of different things.
I'm going to pick up starting strength...I haven't ventured into dead lift or any of those core exercises...a bit intimidated.
How hard is it for a high metabolism guy who eats all day long, works out all week to gain 15 lbs? Realistically? I feel like I should be putting on more than I am.