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BurntSox 09-01-2011 04:39 PM

Jump on the SkinnyMan Bandwagon
Some of us could stand to put on a few pounds. I'm 5'11" and though I'm sometimes up to 168#, I'm more often around 161#. This is a little too thin, as some co-workers noticed the other day when my belt wouldn't cinch around my waist -- too loose. While age has some effect here - at 46, I'm actually 25 pounds heavier than college, I'm still a little too think for my liking.

Many think it's a blessing, but there are a lot of us who need a way to keep on a little extra muscle and size -- and the time has come.

I invite those of us who want to get in shape by picking up a few pounds of muscle in the process to share experiences on what works for keeping on the muscle we work so hard to hone.

All aboard!

fitgirl123 09-01-2011 05:27 PM

Hey there! Good luck on your mission to gain! It does seem weird to say that, but I totally know what you're talking about. My friend Dave and my brother have the same issue (Ectomorph). My brother was on a mission to gain weight, he ate cake (a whole cake) pizza, bas of doritoes.. etc and he gained 5lbs in a month, LOL **sigh** I can that in a week if i eat like that. So, Eat, lift and get big! Good luck!

Jollybeggar 09-01-2011 08:00 PM

It's a "Transformation" contest after all and not technically a "fat loss" contest so eat, drink, lift and be merry (and buff).

All the best on reaching you goals.

gesunelson 09-01-2011 08:02 PM

Firstly, welcome! You've come to the right place - there's a lot of support over here. Remember, you've got to be putting in the effort in the training to gain muscle mass. Make sure you're doing each exercise in perfect form and don't worry about the amount of weight - the muscle only knows how much stress you're putting it under. Lighter weight lifted in perfect form is better than partial reps with heavier weights.

Also, look at your measurements rather than weight - if you end up weighing 15lbs more but your waist goes up by 3", chances are that you've put on fat.

Good luck in your journey and don't be afraid to ask questions.

northpolechick 09-02-2011 04:47 PM

yay for the skinny man going buff
I always love watching this type of transformation. To build mass where none was before, rather than what most of us are up to which is more of a renovation... even with building construction... building from scratch from the ground up is more visually shocking than gutting out the interior and redoing it. The end, all the buildings new and redone are amazing, and impressive.

Good luck and I'll be following your progress :-)


neilg197 09-03-2011 08:14 AM

Welcome aboard and good luck.

Its refreshing to see someone going for a musclebuilding transformation here. Just 2 small pieces of advice from someone who's tried to do the same

1 remember progressive overload is what makes your muscles grow and probably more important
2 be patient. muscle growth is a slower process than fat loss and a lot less visual.

you'll do well with the support on here. if you havent done already, get CBs advice on which programs to start with.

wsarwani 09-03-2011 10:28 AM

I'm sure you'll find the right support, experience and workouts to achieve your goals in these forums and the TT site.

Best of luck to you!

BurntSox 09-04-2011 09:39 AM

And he's off!
The contest starts today, and I have begun. And I realize I have a long way to go! But knowing where the potholes are is the best way to avoid driving into them.

I'm ambitious. I have decided to start with the Advanced Level of the Original TT Bodyweight program (nostalgia!), and today I set my max benchmarks. I definitely left myself room for improvement! I don't have an apparatus to do an inverted row, so I subbed stick-ups... and realized my posture sucks! In fact, I won't have ready access to a gym until October: that's why I'm on a bodyweight routine.

I live in Cameroon; the selection of food is limited. Added to that, part of the reason I'm thin is that I don't particularly enjoy food or eating, so keeping enough fuel in the tank is going to be a struggle--and not giving in to the easy temptations.

My deep, dark secret is that I am ... a runner. I went 9 miles this morning. I know that's not part of the plan, but I have a distance race in February (up a peak in Central Africa!) and the Men's Health Urbanathlon in Chicago... and I enjoy running. I have a feeling that in about two weeks I'm something's going to have to give, which is why I want to start the Contest strong.

Thanks for the tips and advice in this thread. I'll start a workout log to document life on the bandwagon. (Awfully lonely here...)

Jollybeggar 09-04-2011 12:47 PM

Cool Burnt,

All the best. Hope you and I reach our goals going in the opposite direction : )

BurntSox 09-06-2011 04:26 PM

So far, so good
I hadn't realized this, but this is going to be tough ... I don't want to cut out the activities I've been doing! From pickup tennis games to a weekly free-for-all ultimate frisbee to weekend runs with friends, a lot of my socializing centers around athletic stuff... so throwing in concentrated workout plan is a bit hectic. It will fall in place in a week or two.

I can't get the hang of eating regularly. I did one of my patented, "Oh, I know why I'm hungry -- I forgot to eat breakfast!" routines around midday. While I resisted the quick fix candy bar, I've been hungry all day, chasing that meal I missed.

That said, the Bodyweight routine this morning was a good start to the day, and to this transformation contest.

Thanks for all the encouraging words. Once I find something concrete to ask, I'll post it.

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