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    Skinny Jimbob wants to get big!

    hey guys! I've spoken to stamina briefly about this, but I think I'm going to need more help. Judging by how popular this forum is I think I can get that here!

    I've always been skinny, and the fact that I keep growing just enhances that fact. Currently I think I'm roughly 6'3 160lbs. I'm on an exchange from England to Texas Tech, and really want to make use of the free gym facilities, but its obvious I really don't know what I'm doing.

    I've just started, and I've been using the 5x5 method, mainly doing chest, biceps, triceps, shoulders and abs in the circuit room of the gym. I usually work out 3 times a week (usually alongside playing indoor soccer/basketball), is that enough/not enough?

    Really don't know many decent workouts, especially for the shoulders which is probably the main area i wanna get bigger at(if you have/have had the slim/boney shoulders you'll know what I mean!).

    Food wise, I have a dining plan with 600 bucks left on it. The food place closest to my dorm is very limited though, they have Mexican/pasta/pizza/Chinese/burgers/fried chicken/salads. After hitting the gym though we usually hit the buffet place on the way home and get some chicken/vegetables/pasta Its only open like an hour a day though, only real chance to get something healthy. I usually have 3 meals a day from there (usually pasta/coupla burgers/wrap) and at home have a handful of ham sandwiches/bowls of cereal/pints of milk).I don't have a car, so I cant really go anywhere else to eat conveniently, and we don't have an oven (only a toaster, refrigerator, microwave and 2 hot plates).

    I'd be interested in supplements, since I drink a lot of milk anyway, but I'd have absolutely no idea which one to buy. Any mega weight gainers out there that actually work?

    So I was wondering, could anyone help me with some routines/advice on working out and eating. I currently have plenty of time on my hands, and I'd appreciate a workout schedule, or something like that. And some exercises that would work better than others.And any ideas on foods/snacks I could buy and prepare at home with what little I've got, or what I should try and be eating on my plan.

    thanks guys

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    Welcome Jimbob! I had no clue you were from jolly ol' England! I have family over there as well.

    Anywho, in regard to the 5x5 routine, that routine is really for guys who have reached a plateau in the gym and need a change in order to get over than hump. I would advise AGAINST this being your primary training method.

    Since shoulders is what you want the most work on, I have a killer shoulder routine that is guaranteed to make your shoulder cry out for mercy!

    Do not neglect any body part, all muscles groups should be trained once a week at minimum. Circuit training is for the athletic type or the person who wants to be athletic. If mass is what you want then refrain from circuit training as well.

    Long story short, I have a routine that I put together which I have handed out to a few of our members here and they can give you their own feedback on my regimen. if you are interested in it, I have no problem passing it your way.

    In regard to supplements, protein is your main supplement. I would not go crazy buying a whole bunch of stuff just yet, let our body get acclimated to the weights and the fatigue of working out on a regular basis first.

    Since you are in college, I'm going to assume you are between 18-23? Get a tub of protein from your local Vitamin Shoppe (do not buy from GNC!!). If you have a credit or debit card, you could find cheaper prices online in which I can link you to actual products if you like. Pickup a tub of protein and a daily multivitamin to start.


    In regard to food, once you get a tub of protein, you can incorporate that into your daily diet. Try to shoot for 3-4 solid meals per day. Since you are trying to gain weight, pasta and potatoes should be your best friend! Also get in your daily dosage of lean meats such as chicken, fish or beef ( no pork ). You can incorporate two protein shakes in between your solid meals which will help in building muscle as well as muscle recovery.
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    I'm a sucker for skinny kids trying to get big, because that was me at about your size. I was 6'3" 150, and desperate to get bigger. I currently stand at 6'4" 198.

    Stamina basically nailed everything, but the important thing is working all muscle groups, and not overdoing it by working out everyday. I did 3 days on, one day off. It's important to get some rest in or your muscles just won't grow.

    Also, you don't want to be dipping in to a lot of supplements. I would say you are probably too young to start creatine, assuming you are between 18-23, so you should just focus on protein. Get as much protein as you can.

    You mentioned you play indoor soccer/basketball. Whatever you sweat off during those sports, you want to make up for by eating protein right after. Try to keep the circuit training to a minimum.

    And out of curiosity Stam, why do you prefer to stay away from GNC?

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    This sounds like a porn movie name.

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    stamina: thanks, and yeah I'm British, I (usually) go to Manchester University, decided to take part in study abroad to the states this year. Which part do you have family?

    - if not the 5x5, then what method? I'd be very interested in getting that shoulder workout.

    - by circuit room I mean the room in the gym with machines for all body parts, where they're all numbered and your supposed to do each machine in a row. Not circuit training as in aerobics and stuff.

    - I turned 20 last Friday. If you could recomend which ones to buy online I'm all ears. And how long after starting up this new routine, that would be a help too. I took this weight gain stuff last year (critical mass) that said it was 1200 calories a milkshake, took that for 3 monthsish without properly working out and only gained like 3lbs. You sure they work?

    -buck how did you do it man! I can eat and eat and eat and end up losing weight, its crazy. I just need to break through, see some positive results that will make me think its worth it and spur me on.


    thanks guys. Y'all seem to know alot, so I'm all ears to your methods/advice/routines. As I said, I can make it to the gym any day, and have alot of free time at my disposal!

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    One thing I forgot to say in my earlier post is that you should set a goal!

    When I was 150 I set a goal to gain 3 pounds a month. If I only gained 2, I would gain 4 the next month. Here I am a year and 3 months later, and I am 48 pounds bigger.

    Keep it realistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbobjarree View Post
    -buck how did you do it man! I can eat and eat and eat and end up losing weight, its crazy. I just need to break through, see some positive results that will make me think its worth it and spur me on.
    Yep I was there. I was eating fast food, candy, drinking soda everyday, and losing weight. Like I said, whatever you lose when you exercise and play sports, is what you must make up for in protein. Also, like I just said, setting a goal helped me a lot with the weight gaining. It motivated me, kept me going.

    You might want to also consider adjusting your eating pattern. Back then I was eating breakfast at 10-11, lunch at 3-4, and dinner at 8.

    Nowadays, I eat breakfast around 8-9, lunch around 12-1, and dinner around 4-5. I count my snacks in between as meals. I try to average around 6-7 meals a day.
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    Jimbob, is the gym part of the school's campus? Is it just machines or do they have free weights as well?
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    Stamina mind send me your workout regimen?

    Straight Flash Homey

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    Personally i don't see why you couldn't/shouldn't do a 5x5 program...you should not only want to look strong, but actually be strong.

    And at 20 years old, i'd recommend creatine as well as a protein supplement and multivitamin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stamina View Post
    Jimbob, is the gym part of the school's campus? Is it just machines or do they have free weights as well?
    its a rec center. Its got weight machines and free weight. The place is huge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by boms-4 View Post
    Stamina mind send me your workout regimen?
    As in... telekinetically?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTone8788 View Post
    As in... telekinetically?


    Must Be Friday!!
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