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BurntSox 09-01-2011 03:39 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 04:27 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 07:00 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 07:02 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 03:47 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 :-)

~Amanda

neilg197 09-03-2011 07:14 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 09:28 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 08:39 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 11:47 AM

Cool Burnt,

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

BurntSox 09-06-2011 03:26 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.

RobB 09-06-2011 03:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BurntSox (Post 154402)
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.

Take some veggies or fruits and "eat before you eat" so to speak. The candy bar would have just made me hungrier!!!!!!!

gesunelson 09-06-2011 07:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RobB (Post 154403)
Take some veggies or fruits and "eat before you eat" so to speak. The candy bar would have just made me hungrier!!!!!!!

What Rob said :)

Everytime you have a 'situation', treat it as a learning experience and be prepared for the next time. It's good for you to know how YOUR body reacts to things and what YOUR drivers are and work around them.

BurntSox 09-20-2011 02:25 PM

Head Check
 
I slacked off this week.

I'm not a bad person, and I didn't shave years off my life, but I wasn't really trying. I didn't divide my food into smaller meals, fueling my body all day long. I didn't find a way to get into the gym so I'd do my routines. I'm not drinking water, and I'm not even trying to increase my caloric intake (remember -- I want to gain 10 pounds through all this).

And I still played tennis with my wife, ran 10 miles, and had fun with my kids over the week.

However, two weeks into the challenge, I see some things I need to do:

I need to fix lunch to take to work, with enough installments that I can graze several times during the day.

I need to eat more -- the healthy rices and pastas.

I need to stop whining about how long my original BW TT workout takes, get up 15 minutes earlier, and do it.

I need to run once or twice a week (that one's just for me).

Today playing Ultimate Frisbee with the Marines and others at work, we split into skins and shirts. I'd like to think I held my own when I took off my shirt (Hey, I've got 20 years on them), but next time I want some re-spect! (We won, by the way.)

BS

neilg197 09-20-2011 03:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BurntSox (Post 155876)
I slacked off this week.

I'm not a bad person, and I didn't shave years off my life, but I wasn't really trying. I didn't divide my food into smaller meals, fueling my body all day long. I didn't find a way to get into the gym so I'd do my routines. I'm not drinking water, and I'm not even trying to increase my caloric intake (remember -- I want to gain 10 pounds through all this).

And I still played tennis with my wife, ran 10 miles, and had fun with my kids over the week.

However, two weeks into the challenge, I see some things I need to do:

I need to fix lunch to take to work, with enough installments that I can graze several times during the day.

I need to eat more -- the healthy rices and pastas.

I need to stop whining about how long my original BW TT workout takes, get up 15 minutes earlier, and do it.

I need to run once or twice a week (that one's just for me).

Today playing Ultimate Frisbee with the Marines and others at work, we split into skins and shirts. I'd like to think I held my own when I took off my shirt (Hey, I've got 20 years on them), but next time I want some re-spect! (We won, by the way.)

BS

Hey there.

I was just reading through your latest post and I sensed a lot of guilt here. Its easy to be our own hardest critic.

but theres no need for you to do any of the things that youre talking about here. Beleive me I know... theres no need to beat up on yourself because you had a less than perfect week. I got it wrong for the first 4 weeks at the start of TC and still made the final, so dont think its all lost after 2. Since contest 10 I've had about umpteen false starts

What you could be doing is trying to find out the deeper reasons why youre doing this process... Once you find the underlying reasons, you will find the desire necessary to achieve what you want. Take a few backward steps.

It helps to

plan,
get support,
and have a contingency for when things go wrong.

preparation and anticipation are key here.

focus on a practical diet/nutrition plan that suits your lifestyle and personality first. If you only want to eat once or twice a day then do it. If you want to graze, then do it. theres no scientific proof that eating the same amount of calories in 1 meal is any better than over 6 or more. the workouts will sort themselves out, and are to a large degree less important.

Keep strong and get things into the right perspective, and the results will come.

firemedicrr 09-22-2011 06:18 PM

Great advice from Neil that I'll second.

I too am trying to put on some muscle (yep, I'm a girl in the muscle club.. not anything insane, but I want increased functional strength and I am lean, so that is going to mean noticeable muscle mass increase...) so it'll be cool to see how things go for you. :) I think I may try taking pics of everything I eat/drink to document the process. :)

Rooting for you; you can do it... and Neil is definitely right; don't force yourself into an eating pattern you don't enjoy. The longer I pay attention to fitness/nutrition, the more I realize it's a calories in/calories out equation (but it helps to be mindful of how foods make you feel).

BurntSox 10-22-2011 09:08 AM

One month later, one month to go.
 
I've been away from a month, and while it's not like I'm heading home, this is a good point to stop and reflect on my workouts.

I live in Cameroon, and I don't have access to the gyms I'm used to. I'm back in America for a few weeks, and have joined my 75-year-old father at his hole-in-the-wall gym for his 6 a.m. workouts. He is amazing - he started a few years ago when he was having trouble hauling in fish during weekend fishing outings - and has a good routine for 45 mins, 5 days a week. He enjoys having me around, though we don't do the same activities, and I confess that when I did his set of 35 pullovers I was a little sore the next morning.

The gym is not fancy by any means, but worlds beyond what I have access to back home. I've reveled in using barbells, and access to dumbbells over 50 pounds. I've stuck pretty much to a couple of cycles of TT Super 6, though US travels have made that a little difficult at times.

I've maintained weight, maybe gained five pounds, this month. This is good, because I usually lose weight while traveling because my meal schedule is disrupted. More importantly, though, I see a healthier definition to my body. It one of those things where you sense the difference, though objectively it's not yet enough for anyone else to see. We all know that one.

But Skype is reassuring. Yesterday my wife, who's back in Cameroon, and I were chatting and she oohed about about my arms were buff. The challenge - hold that until I am back there next week. Or until the end of TT Contest 12. Or the rest of my life.

All in all, a good month.

JCataway 10-22-2011 10:21 AM

Sounds like you are doing well and being disciplined while you are traveling. That is very hard for most people I know. So keep up the good work and let your wife enjoy those biceps.

Safe travels,

James

BurntSox 11-02-2011 04:01 PM

James -

I'm back, and ready to close out TT Contest 12 with a month of fury. Thanks!

BS

BurntSox 11-24-2011 08:20 AM

Reflections 11 Weeks In
 
My 12-week contest period ends around December 3. I like the workouts that TT offers, and I enjoy seeing the camaraderie on these boards; I don't have a community of exercises to share experiences and workouts with.

But after 11 weeks I'll be damned if I've transformed anything. When I started the contest, my wife said, "Can't you just be happy with the way you are--you look great?" It would be nice to have affirmative muscle, but what I started without, however non-hulkish, is defined. More importantly, I can do physically pretty much what I want, and my clothes fit (when I take the time to buy clothes my size).

At 47, I may well not pack on 30 pounds of muscle, but more importantly I don't think I have the discipline to give up the group sports, the running, the family time in evenings, the 7 hours of sleep, execute a TT program that will PUMP [beat] ME UP. But I'm not conceding failure. I'm in a good place, and will continue to incorporate the basic principles of TT - good food in moderation, regular, focused exercise, positive attitude. I'll even submit pics for the contest.

But though it won't be a winning entry (I can't see any change!), it's been a winning experience for me. Thank you, TT.

BS

JCataway 11-24-2011 10:27 AM

This may be one of the best post I've read to date. There really is something to be said for being happy with who you are. Don't forget you are part if the inspiration for my continuing goal after this contest is over(Tough Mudder here I come!).

Stay fit n stay strong,

James

galaxy 11-25-2011 10:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JCataway (Post 159234)
This may be one of the best post I've read to date. There really is something to be said for being happy with who you are. Don't forget you are part if the inspiration for my continuing goal after this contest is over(Tough Mudder here I come!).

Stay fit n stay strong,

James

here here! It is very heart warming to read of someone who is really happy with who they are and how they look. And if TT helps you stay that way then all the better!

Mind you , you may be surprised that others do see changes that you don't see, as Neil said in an earlier post, we are always our worst critics. Please put your before /after photos up anyway so we can all see what you might be missing:)

Keep up with your healthy lifestyle and attituide:)

Cheers for now Katie

BurntSox 03-16-2012 02:06 PM

I'm back! I'm joining in late to TT Contest 13 because I need a little focus. I ran my big mountain race, I'm trying tennis lessons, and I want to get back to where I was. And so, one workout and fist-sized meal at a time.

BurntSox 03-28-2012 01:03 PM

You need to eat ....
 
I need to eat more. I have teeny-tiny muscles. A few years ago this green form-fitting workout shirt really fit well when I was properly pumped - I think I'm optimized at 168# / 74 kg. But it's really hard to keep up to that level - stress, running and family life run me ragged! I can get through the workouts... and I definitely don't overeat ... I just don't eat enough. The supplement's aren't really doing it ... I need to bear down, focus, and feed myself well.

This morning: up at 5 to do a routine ... and I'll remember the name of it in a second. but now it's chow time. Good to be back.


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