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.