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Old 07-11-2014, 03:19 AM   #1
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I am looking for help to gain mass, I workout daily and take protein just cant figure out how to gain weight. If you can help and need more info on how I have been eating/working out let me know. I really want to get back up to 195, 6'3'' at 160 just isn't working. If someone can legit help me I'll be grateful.Ill gladly pm you any info to assist you in more information.
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What are you doing besides protein and eating? What's a typical day of meals look like?
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:48 PM   #3
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Just general stuff as I work at a gym (accounting) and workout about 4 times a week, but still not a gymrat and not an expert or anything, but I can relate to your story.

I graduated college in 2009 still weighing 155lbs and I am also 6'3. After my dad passed away that fall I got really serious into health and fitness for a while as a release. I focused on compound exersizes to build mass (Squats, Bench press, deadlifts, cleans, pullups, etc)

People of our build really have to try hard to put on mass and that means you are going to have to really eat. I know you probably think you eat a lot as I did too, but I put myself on a 4,500 calorie a day diet and made sure to lift heavy 3-4 times a week doing low reps and going for volume (5-6 sets).

You need to keep track of every single thing you eat and drink and log it (there are plenty of apps out there that can help you with this on a smartphone) to make sure you are hitting your food goals that day and also entering in your lifts so it can keep track of how many calories you are buurning too. Just a note it's easy to get to 4,500 calories eating junk, but i'm sure that's not how you want to do it. You are going to be eating when you aren't hungry on healthy foods just to meet your goals

(cans of tuna, grilled chicken breast, eggs, nuts, all kinds of fruit, broccili, etc)

Be sure to get plenty of sleep too. Eat a big breakfast and afterwards drink a shake, bring some healthy snaks to work and eat them throughout the day while drinking tons of water, healthy lunch of chicken breast, veggies, and then protein shake before and after workout, healthy dinner, and then a casein protein shake before bed

Those are just some things I did I didn't always eat healthy as I was ok with adding a bit of fat to get to my goal and then change my diet and cut some once I got to my goal weight. I now weigh 190 but I did this in 2009 and got up to 190 by the end of 2010. I now just kinda maintain and don't train as hard or eat as healthy as I did then
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Just general stuff as I work at a gym (accounting) and workout about 4 times a week, but still not a gymrat and not an expert or anything, but I can relate to your story.

I graduated college in 2009 still weighing 155lbs and I am also 6'3. After my dad passed away that fall I got really serious into health and fitness for a while as a release. I focused on compound exersizes to build mass (Squats, Bench press, deadlifts, cleans, pullups, etc)

People of our build really have to try hard to put on mass and that means you are going to have to really eat. I know you probably think you eat a lot as I did too, but I put myself on a 4,500 calorie a day diet and made sure to lift heavy 3-4 times a week doing low reps and going for volume (5-6 sets).

You need to keep track of every single thing you eat and drink and log it (there are plenty of apps out there that can help you with this on a smartphone) to make sure you are hitting your food goals that day and also entering in your lifts so it can keep track of how many calories you are buurning too. Just a note it's easy to get to 4,500 calories eating junk, but i'm sure that's not how you want to do it. You are going to be eating when you aren't hungry on healthy foods just to meet your goals

(cans of tuna, grilled chicken breast, eggs, nuts, all kinds of fruit, broccili, etc)

Be sure to get plenty of sleep too. Eat a big breakfast and afterwards drink a shake, bring some healthy snaks to work and eat them throughout the day while drinking tons of water, healthy lunch of chicken breast, veggies, and then protein shake before and after workout, healthy dinner, and then a casein protein shake before bed

Those are just some things I did I didn't always eat healthy as I was ok with adding a bit of fat to get to my goal and then change my diet and cut some once I got to my goal weight. I now weigh 190 but I did this in 2009 and got up to 190 by the end of 2010. I now just kinda maintain and don't train as hard or eat as healthy as I did then
6' 3" 155 lbs? Man, y'all are beanstalks!

Pretty much everything that was said here is spot on. This is the best advice you will get without having a personal trainer or dietician. Eat healthy, eat often, consume lots of protein and water. Oh and lift heavy of course.
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I am looking for help to gain mass, I workout daily and take protein just cant figure out how to gain weight. If you can help and need more info on how I have been eating/working out let me know. I really want to get back up to 195, 6'3'' at 160 just isn't working. If someone can legit help me I'll be grateful.Ill gladly pm you any info to assist you in more information.


You'll need to find what works for your body. In order to do that you'll need to start tracking what you're putting into your body - total caloric intake, proteins, fats, etc...

What that will do is let you know what your body needs. If you're taking in 3,000 calories and 100g of protein a day but still not seeing any gains (assuming you're lifting heavy and with proper technique), then you can move up to 3,500 and 120g and see the difference. You'll have to find what works for you, but you'll need to be eating a LOT.


Some eating tricks:

- Pre-cooked meals (8oz Chicken, cup of brown rice and 4oz broccoli is a staple)

- Healthy snacks in-between meals (Peanut butter on rice cakes is a great one)

- Schedule meals. It doesn't matter if you're hungry or not, you'll know you need to eat if you get a reminder on your phone.

Oh and remember, fat isn't the enemy...sugar is the enemy.




All that said, the best workout advice I've ever heard was from the great poet Xzibit:

"Lift some weights, eat some steaks."
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google Stuart McRobert and read what he puts out - gospel for "hardgainers" - which you are.

in short, eat when you're not hungry and focus on heavy, multi-joint movements while getting enough rest. i can pm more if u want.
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eat peanut butter sandwiches..no jelly..eat the shiz out of them...get some weightgainer at gnc..get good sleep..do heavy lifting..no light shit with lots of reps..don't do too much cardio..you will gain weight then..
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eat peanut butter sandwiches..no jelly..eat the shiz out of them...get some weightgainer at gnc..get good sleep..do heavy lifting..no light shit with lots of reps..don't do too much cardio..you will gain weight then..
I did this to the letter...added a banana on PB....my HS coach told me this...worked like hell in gym...usually 3 sets of 5 on major body parts and heavy...was relentless...and it worked...full ride to college. 6'4 290lbs

Now I'm totally different....lots of running, swimming, high reps and lower weight 10 to 12 reps...run marathons, halfs, etc...can't believe I have a 6 pack at 44 years old. 6'4 210lbs (want 10 to 15 more off)
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I did this to the letter...added a banana on PB....my HS coach told me this...worked like hell in gym...usually 3 sets of 5 on major body parts and heavy...was relentless...and it worked...full ride to college. 6'4 290lbs

Now I'm totally different....lots of running, swimming, high reps and lower weight 10 to 12 reps...run marathons, halfs, etc...can't believe I have a 6 pack at 44 years old. 6'4 210lbs (want 10 to 15 more off)
.... then why is your name southerntramp ....

kind of... weird if you ask me.
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6'3'' at 160

Holy crap dude, what's your PR in the 800? 1:48?

I bet you can run a 4:12 mile
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I'm a trainer. There is no secret to gaining weight. You have to intake more calories than you expend. Find your daily caloric requirement(not just BMR) and eat 300-500 calories above that.

Lift heavy and eat to get big. There is no secret. Everything else is just BS.

Don't be afraid to gain some fat. You have to add some fat to gain muscle mass. Unless you're a freak haha.
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Question for anyone who has lifted for a while. Have you ever taken any kind of glucosamine or joint supplement? Also, BCAAs... How much benefit does it bring?
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Question for anyone who has lifted for a while. Have you ever taken any kind of glucosamine or joint supplement? Also, BCAAs... How much benefit does it bring?
Don't have much experience with glucosamine. But I used to take a multi vitamin made by Controlled Labs called Orange Triad. It has joint support and is a great all around vitamin. I wouldn't waste my $ on BCAA's. You may feel a little less sore the day after, but don't expect to see noticeable results. Proper nutrition and busting your ass in the gym is what produces results, not supplements.
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Alright so how about on the flip side. I'm 6'2 started at 245 now down to about 220. I hit the gym about 4-5 days a week and do a good bit of running and just started lifting more than what I've been doing. Should I wait to lose some more weight before I try to bulk up or am I good getting into lifting where I'm at? What is the best stuff to take while trying to add muscle? What kind of "shakes" are yall referring to because I know it ain't slim fast lol.
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Can't speak to whether it works or not, but there's a program I heard about a few years ago for so-called "hard gainers." I think the guy behind the program was Vince DelMonte if I remember his name correctly.
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