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16 Yr Old Athlete, Tips on Adding Wt?


#1

Im 16 years old, about to be a junior in HS, and football coach has told me to put on at least 15 pounds by start of season. Weight fluctuates between 138-143 now, would like to get up to 155-160 by end of summer. I lift with cardio 4 times a week, eat 4-5 times a day, but still cant seem to add on anything...

any tips? greatly appreciated


#2

eat alot more, and drop some cardio


#3

What are you eating now, exactly? What is your training, exactly? Mods please move this to beginners.


#4

Eat more food, it's the logical answer.


#5

Get your training down solid. Eat tons. If you cant eat enough get some twinlab weight gainer but DONT rely on it.


#6

Eat more.

Specific tips:
Eat more often
Drink calories (milk, perhaps some juice)
Remember breakfast

There really isn't any secret to it. Just eat more.


#7

I had the same problem in highschool... and not that I am the poster child for gaining muscle mass or anything... but for me, when I actually started eating enough (I always thought I ate a ton... but didnt really) and actually started training hard (10 sets of curls and a 3x10 on the bench with some flies thrown in for every workout doesnt cut it...) I made good gains.

Whether or not you think you eating a lot and training hard, you probably arent. As some of the others have suggested, provide us with more details of your training and nutrition. Keep a food journal for a week and record the times and quantities of EVERYTHING that goes into your mouth.

ps

your highschool football coach might know a lot about football, but I assure you that he doesnt know as much about beneficial weight gain and strength building as lots of the people on this site... 90% of the time, you will get some good advice here... follow it


#8

Yeah, eat more food is a pretty logical start, but a solid training program is a must as well. If it's steady state cardio, drop that for sprint work (depending on position to be played).

Post your current program, best lifts, and a sample day of your diet. Without at least that much info, you're just going to get a whole lot of "eat more"'s.


#9

http://www.defrancostraining.com/articles/38-articles/65-westside-for-skinny-bastards-part3.html


#10

http://tnation.tmuscle.com/free_online_forum/sports_body_training_performance_bodybuilding_beginner/bulking_tips_for_newbies