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    Poor body Image

    Hi there guys. I am 6'2" and weigh 156 lbs. I am a 3rd year college student who has been lifting for about 3 months. For the first 8 weeks or so I didnt gain a single pound--I stayed at a measley 150. After getting my diet in order, eating an excess of high-quality calories, taking 1200 cal bulk gainer every night, and focusing on lifting HARD, I have gained 6 pounds in 4 weeks, almost all muscle. Despte this advancement, I feel/look like trash. Ofter times I look in the mirror without clothes on and see a pathetic, feeble, un-threatening frame. I am basically dwarfed physically by my best freinds, who are all experienced lifters.

    I guess I am just ranting. Anyone else ever find themselves in this situation?

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    Keep lifting, sleeping, and eating. Are you able to sleep enough as a college junior? Is your routine any good? You will get better with time, keep looking forward to that. I've had days where I can't stand my appearance but I try to not get distracted by it.
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    Yeah, my routine is good, and I sleep enough. Its just that I have been skinny for so long I cant picture myself as anything but. Its not a really good skinny that some chicks dig either, its more like gollum in the lord of the rings skinny. Well, its not that bad, but you get the impression. I know its too soon to make value judgments about my progress but despite having gained 6 lbs--I can barely tell a difference, you know? I just still dont think I look good. Oh well, I am still motivated to lift even harder now, so I hope something comes of this.

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    give it some time,how's your diet like? split?
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    monday(legs): Squats, leg press, lunges, leg curls, calf raises
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    Wednesday(bi's/shoulders): barbell curls, dumbell curls, millitary press, overhead squat, lateral DB raises
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    Abs are done on the day of my chooseing. Sometimes I vary the days off depending on how sore I am or how strong I am feeling. I do about 3 heavy sets after one warm up set of each excercise, usually to failure. I really focus on moving up weekly on deads, squats, pull-ups, and bench. Sometimes I will do chest/tris twice a weeks. Also, I am a pretty serious tennis player and play competetive singles about 3 times a week for several hours at a time. Because of this I have to eat a ton of food. I'm not sure how many calories this is but I eat a **** load every day. I am supprised I am not becoming a fat-ass yet.

    On paper, it looks like I am off to a good start, but like i said above, its like I just have no confinence in my frame. Totally scrawney, complete lack of muscle.

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    If you have gained 6lb in the last 4 weeks after readjusting your diet, then you are doing great man. You are only going to start feeling better about yourself. Just keep it up and have faith bro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kick_serve
    Yeah, my routine is good, and I sleep enough. Its just that I have been skinny for so long I cant picture myself as anything but. Its not a really good skinny that some chicks dig either, its more like gollum in the lord of the rings skinny.
    Dude, when I entered college I was 6'2/150lbs and I wouldn't gain a pound regardless of what I did. It takes time and dedication. You're doing what you are supposed to do to achieve your goal- take pride in that. Everything else will fall into place.
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    6lbs is great in 4weeks on paper, keep it up and you will notice the changes in the mirror as well. rome wasnt built in a day, keep up the hard work bro.
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    Just think how good you will look after the next 6 pounds and the 6 after that etc. etc. This will keep you striving to work hard and gain. Make sure you're really eating everything you can see.

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    you know, i see myself as someone whos pretty physically fit, my image isnt horrible but its not awesome, however i was genetically blessed to have a very nice lat spread and decent size on most of my muscles (except my calves..tiny).
    in my gym yesterday was possibly the biggest guy ive ever seen, and i felt like a damn ant. seriously i was like damn, im never gonna be that big. you can never win, so stop comparing yourself to other people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kick_serve
    Hi there guys. I am 6'2" and weigh 156 lbs...Anyone else ever find themselves in this situation?
    Yup. I'm 6'3" and at my lighest, weighed 156 lbs back in 2001. I know EXACTLY how you feel. I'm now at 187 lbs, and have been as high as 196 lbs with a BF% around 10%. It sounds like you're doing what you need to do, having a focus on your diet that is. It takes time. But I'm certain that you have a great opportunity to put on some serious weight, if you're currently that light. Just keep at it.
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    Stand there for a few minutes, then pace back and forth a lot, huff and puff, wait until everybody's looking. Approach the bar. Back off. Approach it again. Back off. Get some water. Chalk up. Approach the bar again. Then spray some more chalk around. Wait until people start losing interest. When nobody's looking, pick it a little off the floor, and slam it down. Jump up and yell "LIGHT WEIGHT BABY". Then give high fives all around. - Belial

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    Don't fall into the trap of overtraining; diet is key.

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    youre not alone man, thats how alot of people get into lifting i think (i did atleast). im 5'11 and was about 140-145 lbs 2 months ago but im +-160 lbs walking around now. Ill be honest, I still think I look like a Japanese deathcamp survivor but youll just start feeling better and better about yourself as time rolls on and muscle packs on.

    PS. maybe a stupid question, but do you use any supplements yet? After two weeks i started drinking 1-2 protein shakes, some creatine and bulgaris tribulus tabs aswell and it did do wonders for me even with my light bonestructure.

    Good luck and always keep lifting!

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    Trib is likely useless for body composition - you may notice an effect on your libido if you're over forty, but that's pretty much it.

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    Yeah I noticed a few side affects myself, walking around with a constant erection can be pretty awkward at work to say the least and the amount of porn that I HAVE to see while working isnt helping one bit either.
    Last edited by Powdered_Power; 02-19-2006 at 01:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powdered_Power
    Yeah I noticed a few side affects myself, walking around with a constant erection can be pretty awkward at work to say the least and the amount of porn that I HAVE to see while working isnt helping one bit either.
    what type of work are u in?

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    you know, i see myself as someone whos pretty physically fit, my image isnt horrible but its not awesome, however i was genetically blessed to have a very nice lat spread and decent size on most of my muscles (except my calves..tiny).
    in my gym yesterday was possibly the biggest guy ive ever seen, and i felt like a damn ant. seriously i was like damn, im never gonna be that big. you can never win, so stop comparing yourself to other people.
    Very meaningful comment, he speaks the truth! There will always be someone better! Just try hard to be what you want, maybe mix your routine up, like u changed ur diet and it worked. Good luck mate!
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    Buddy, I wish I could gain 6lb of the lean in a month. That is great gains.
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    If you look like Golem, it's going to take some hard work and time.

    Eat well and eat a lot. Limit your exercises to the big ones and hit them hard. Get enough rest. Concentrate on getting stronger and stop looking in the mirror.
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    Listen to all the advice that's been posted, and read as much as you can on the subject. I was 6'5" and about 160 lbs when i started, and I've gained around 40lbs over the last year and a half (without even taking it seriously). It can be done.

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    Dude if we all didnt have poor body image at some point we wouldn't be here.
    Face it: biceps are the muscle that classifies you as a muscle man.

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    Hahah, I dont really look like golum--but I dont look like I want to either. I'm at 158 now so I guess I am still packing it on. Its good to know some guys have been in my boat before.

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    keep going hard. i love your routine btw, sounds really good, i might come back and give it a try.
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