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    Am I wasting my time

    Newcomer here, and just had a few questions.

    i am currently 6ft 119 pounds and 31 years old.

    I use to lift weights about 6 years ago.. got into a car accident and lost literally 80 pounds. I have been having trouble gaining weight ever since.

    I decided to start going back to the gym but here are my concerns.
    1. Am I too old?
    2. Should I bother with a weight gainer?
    3. i cant eat milk or wheat of any kind so what types of foods and suplements would work for me?

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    1. No
    2. You should first work on analysing and improving your diet.
    3. Meat, fish, eggs, fruit, vegetables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klotz View Post
    1. No
    2. You should first work on analysing and improving your diet.
    3. Meat, fish, eggs, fruit, vegetables.
    Thanks for the info.
    I guess i am just angry because all i worked for back then is gone and I have to start alllll over again.

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    Thats when you get a picture from back then to look at and motivate you! If you do want a protein supplement you're going to have to use a lactose free protein. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Be_Rye View Post
    Thats when you get a picture from back then to look at and motivate you! If you do want a protein supplement you're going to have to use a lactose free protein. Good luck!
    Definetly has a point here, i have the one of me in high school still...i don't ever want to be that small again

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    Quote Originally Posted by BloodyDeadliftr View Post
    Definetly has a point here, i have the one of me in high school still...i don't ever want to be that small again
    LOL that sounds doable.

    As I looked at the Starting Strength Program it suggests that routine for younger kids.
    Since I am 31 almost 32 would that workout regime still work for me.
    I have lifted n the past but that was well over 5 years ago?

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    Yes. Do it and be sure to eat. It is one of the best novice programs out there. You will reap many strength gains- and size if you so choose.
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    1.No.
    2.Sure, why not.
    3.A lot of everything else.
    Quote Originally Posted by mawga View Post
    Thanks for the info.
    I guess i am just angry because all i worked for back then is gone and I have to start alllll over again.
    You have nothing to be angry about - 5 years is a very, very long time. It will take quite a while to get back what you lost.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei View Post
    1.No.
    2.Sure, why not.
    3.A lot of everything else.

    You have nothing to be angry about - 5 years is a very, very long time. It will take quite a while to get back what you lost.
    Yeah I can imagine it will take a while, but I am in it for the long haul.

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    Another question I have is how long do you do the Starting Strength Routine before you can mix it up and start trying to gain size?

    My main goal is to gain weight and size so I dont look like a wet puppy anymore. Of course, everything takes time and that is fine - but I really want to get my neck and my back looking good.

    Would that be a year down the road or more like 6 months?

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    You will gain size if you do starting strength and eat a lot. Keep doing it until you're no longer making strength gains. And remember to eat a lot. You don't get big just by lifting weights.

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    SS for you: 6-9 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mawga View Post
    LOL that sounds doable.

    As I looked at the Starting Strength Program it suggests that routine for younger kids.
    Since I am 31 almost 32 would that workout regime still work for me.
    I have lifted n the past but that was well over 5 years ago?
    Hey,

    I am 47 years old and have been doing the SS program since mid-October. I started pretty weak and have gained 80 lbs on squats and 45 lbs on bench. I am much thicker all around my body and my wife says my flat ass is getting much rounder. This program works. You must stick with it and eat well. It gets mentally tough at times, but if you work through it you will be rewarded.

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    Are you kidding me? Your not old. My dads like 41 and he works out with me. If he can do it then so can you. Youll look younger in the long run n feel better. By the way. I got hit by a car going 40 that broke my left shoulder and im still lifting! Dont give up but know your limits

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