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180 and Bulking


After lurking around for countless hours, reading up on everything on this site and other bodybuilding sites, cleaning up my diet, and borrowing a weight bench, I’m finally ready to start putting on some mass.

I hit my arms today, as hard as I know how. My weight bench sucks, so I just put as much weight as the bar can carry (about 140), and push that up into the air until I’m ready to die, then do a bunch of pushups, dips, whatever is hard and makes my arms burn. I don’t know all the names, if it’s hard to do, I do it. I try to hold my body very stable, or put my back against the wall, I know enough about exercise that it’s stupid to rock or bounce into a move, because then you’re just cheating yourself and asking for injuries.

Usually I just cook dinner after that, but I’ve been reading up on PWO and decided to make a shake. 40g Dextrose, 40g whey, and some creatine and BCAA. It probably isn’t even the ideal ratio. But DAMN. It finally clicked. Now I realize why you guys get big. Lift heavy and eat. It’s so simple.

It’s time to gain some mass. 6’-2", 180 and bulking. I attached some pics, yeah I know I need work, but I think I got a good foundation for what needs to happen here.

See you at 200.

-Sab

Everyone has to start some where.

Key to great results:

Dedication
Determination
Knowledge
Adaptability
CONSISTENCY!!

Muscle is hard to gain but easy to lose. Have to work hard and work smart.

[quote]Sabastian525 wrote:
Now I realize why you guys get big. Lift heavy and eat. It’s so simple.
[/quote]

Lovely, isn’t it?

Good luck to you - lift HEAVY and eat BIG.

[quote]Sabastian525 wrote:

I hit my arms today, as hard as I know how. My weight bench sucks, so I just put as much weight as the bar can carry (about 140), and push that up into the air until I’m ready to die, then do a bunch of pushups, dips, whatever is hard and makes my arms burn. I don’t know all the names, if it’s hard to do, I do it. I try to hold my body very stable, or put my back against the wall

-Sab[/quote]

wow.

you are awesome.

that’s all i wanted to say.

Make sure you do some chins, pullups, rows and deadlifts.

Good on you for wanting to bulk.

  1. deadlift. Once a week and heavy.

  2. breather squats, twice a week. You don’t have enough weights (or apparently, a squat stand) so 20 rep breather squats are all you can do I guess.

  3. buy more plates

  4. buy a squat stand if you can

  5. consider buying the book Starting Strength and read it through and then do what it says

Good on you

Thanks all for your support. I’m trying those exercises you mentioned, and wow, I like it! Especially the squats, oh God I’m glad I finally learned the correct form for squats. I went to a place with videos of correct form, then read some of the Starting Strength book. I will buy that when I get money.

I should also buy Berardi’s nutrition book. Maybe I can get a second job babysitting the exercise room at my university to pay for all this.

I’m a carpenter, so I already do some of these moves all day at work, with very heavy weights, off-balance, and sometimes with one hand. It’s good to know that they have a name, and I can do them with good form in my own home.

I think the heaviest I ever deadlifted at work was about 330 pounds, and I squatted something like 600 pounds, but only a couple inches to get a jack underneath. I guess that was more of a leg press, which makes more sense. My legs have always been really strong.

I’ve been doing weights for 2 weeks and already I’m throwing around large boulders and 80 pound sacks of concrete like they’re beach balls. Imagine how good it will be now that I’m starting to learn proper form! Aww yeah. This is panning out to be a pretty good year.

I got ahold of a curl bar, I think it’s called. It’s bendy. Anyway, it works pretty well for those squats, since it’s already heavy and it has a nice bend for the back and shoulders. I make sure to bounce my ass off the backs of my shoes before I come back up. If I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do this right.

I also learned that my dad used to lift heavy and eat big when he played football. Score! Now I have purpose, motivation, and a mentor. Things are looking good over here.

-Sab

“if its hard to do, i do it”

dude if more beginners had your attitude, the world would be a better place. actually knowing that its not going to be a complete joyride will take you far. good luck. keep lifting heavy things, or lifting medium heavy things for a long ass time.

Seriously what a great quote from a beginner.

That attitude will take you a long way with correct exercises and good eating

Great attitude for starting out you will be 200 in no time, I reckon 6 weeks

Don’t you want to give him a ball-busting workout since he said he do it if its hard?j/p

This guy is golden

Quick update:

I lost three pounds in five days. What. The. Hell. I’m squatting, benching, doing all sorts of technical stuff as I learn how. Plus I’m doing like twice as many pushups and other stuff that works the whole body. There’s a term for that, compound movements? Anyway, I’m doing those. And I’m losing weight.

My abs almost show, even. I may need a li’l help with my diet, but on the other hand, a six-pack and big arms wouldn’t suck too bad. Anyone got advice? I’m undereating, most likely, I don’t count calories lately but when I did it was around 2000.

-Sab

yeah 2000 you need to basically eat twice that so whatever you eat now jsut eat 2 of everything. buy a gym pass also. sell an organ if you have too

I’d slowly increase your calories to 3500 and see how it feels for you.But unless you want stretch marks do it slowly.

It looks like you burn a lot of cals with your workout.

You need to get some more calories in you.

You also have a physically demanding job you need to account for. 3500 would be a bare minimum to put on weight with your job but it probably won’t be enough to put on substantial mass quickly.

[quote]jmwintenn wrote:
I’d slowly increase your calories to 3500 and see how it feels for you.But unless you want stretch marks do it slowly.[/quote]

Stretch marks are a right of passage in my eyes. Well, as long as they aren’t on your gut or love handles.

But like you said, you need to lift heavy and EAT! 2,000 calories a day is not eating, that’s breakfast!

Bad News: 177 lbs. It keeps dropping.

Good News: Got a part-time job babysitting a gym, which basically means I’ve got a free membership. Plus, you can work out while on the clock. Booyah.

Now, help me out. I know, eat double of everything. Yeah, every 2-3 hours I’m force feeding myself, but it doesn’t feel right. I’ve also cranked the intensity of my workouts, what used to take me an hour now takes me 20 minutes. Resting is wasted time in the weight room. I also really enjoy running and dancing, hell I spent 4 hours yesterday club dancing.

I pulled a couple measurements, and I’m not losing muscle…yet. But I will. Should I stop the cardio? Start eating even MORE? I’m finally sleeping right, so that’s not the culprit anymore.

I’ll list my supplements:
multi
HOT-ROX
zma
whey (60-100g as needed for 1g/pound)
dextrose 40g pwo
creatine 6g pwo
flaxseed oil
bcaa

Seems like a lot of powders and potions, but it also seems to work. I discontinued glutamine and switched to flax/bcaa for anti-catabolic, seems to work far better. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think glutamine actually does anything except spend my money, heh.

Anyway, I’m up for suggestions. I can’t lose any more weight, but I want to do this clean. Fatting up ain’t my strong suit.

-Sab

[quote]Sabastian525 wrote:
Bad News: 177 lbs. It keeps dropping.

Good News: Got a part-time job babysitting a gym, which basically means I’ve got a free membership. Plus, you can work out while on the clock. Booyah.

Now, help me out. I know, eat double of everything. Yeah, every 2-3 hours I’m force feeding myself, but it doesn’t feel right. I’ve also cranked the intensity of my workouts, what used to take me an hour now takes me 20 minutes. Resting is wasted time in the weight room. I also really enjoy running and dancing, hell I spent 4 hours yesterday club dancing.

I pulled a couple measurements, and I’m not losing muscle…yet. But I will. Should I stop the cardio? Start eating even MORE? I’m finally sleeping right, so that’s not the culprit anymore.

I’ll list my supplements:
multi
HOT-ROX
zma
whey (60-100g as needed for 1g/pound)
dextrose 40g pwo
creatine 6g pwo
flaxseed oil
bcaa

Seems like a lot of powders and potions, but it also seems to work. I discontinued glutamine and switched to flax/bcaa for anti-catabolic, seems to work far better. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think glutamine actually does anything except spend my money, heh.

Anyway, I’m up for suggestions. I can’t lose any more weight, but I want to do this clean. Fatting up ain’t my strong suit.

-Sab[/quote]

eat like 4000 calories keep a food log. why are you taking HOT-ROX. get more protein. right out what you eat with all the macros and maybe we can help u. skinny guys dont really have to clean bulk. jsut do it half ass clean. make shakes with lots of calories if you cant eat enough there are recipes everywhere

[quote]jmwintenn wrote:
I’d slowly increase your calories to 3500 and see how it feels for you.But unless you want stretch marks do it slowly.[/quote]

Yes do it slowly or something I just noticed new stretch marks on my arms jeez. Can I get stretch marks from flexing too much?