Hey guys, I’m new here. I was at the Gym today and met a gentleman (1morerep) who recommended I give this place a try for no bulls*it honest answers, to honest (seemingly stupid) questions.
So let me just get this out of the way before anything else.
When I was 16(I’m 21 now), I started lifting. I started at 105 pounds. I ate and ate, I lifted heavy, and drank so many protein shakes that I had actually damaged my liver. I did this because I lost my mind, and didn’t see any progress, and I had literally went psychotic for awhile. I had to take a break due to this reason. However, I never really “stopped” I continued to lift at home, and just, yeah because I enjoyed it so much. I just never lifted heavy, or progressed as one would say.
Anyways, I digress let’s continue.
Present time. I’m 5’5-1/2, 21 years old Male, and ready to build muscle. I had joined this gym (LaC) where I had met Joe(1morerep) about a month ago now. When I started this new gym, I weighed 116 lbs. I just weighed myself today, and I weigh 122. I don’t notice any fat gain so, I just marked it off as water weight for the most part. (because I think it’s impossible to add 5 pounds of pure muscle in a month?)
I work as a BMW Detail for cars, so I’m always walking, I’d say about 7-10 hours a day. My diet consists of
Protein - Almonds, Natty Peanut Butter, Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, Tuna, Salmon, Greek Yogurt, and Eggs. I just recently found out of lactose intolerant, that sucks because that’s how I got in most of my calories but, I found other ways.
Carbs - My carbs are complex… Sweet Potatoes, Brown Rice, and Whole Grain/Wheat English muffins. I try to stay away from sugar as much as I can.
Fats - Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Egg Yolks, Almonds, Natural Peanut Butter, Peanuts, Cashews, etc. Pretty much anything with high amounts of mono fats.
My “supposed” BMR is about 1,500 calories. I however find this as garbage, because I’ve always been super skinny, and used to consume like 2 Ben and Jerry’s Pints, with junk food when I was younger, and not gain any fat. However, scientists know more then me, so, I listen. With the Tdee, about 2,400 calories a day for me to consume. I try to get about 3,000 calories a day, 3,500 if I walked, and trained that day. (probably NOT a good idea but I continue it until told otherwise.(hint hint)
I got a personal trainer I see every Tuesday once a week. He measure my bodyfat about 2 weeks ago. I stood on the machine with my socks off, and it came out to be 6.6% bodyfat. I’m not sure how accurate that is, so I brushed it off, and I guess myself to be around MAYBE 10%. I always 24-7 have 2 prominent veins under my abdomen, as well as all over my body. I’m not sure if I just have really good vascularity, or if I am, infact, low bodyfat. The thing is, I see my top 2 abs all the time, but my lower 6, yeah, nothing. When I flex them, it just looking like I have a block of wood on both sides. No definition at all. However, when I press on my intestines where the abs “should be” It feels hard, it doesn’t feel like fat. It almost feels like I’m just pressing on my guts. However I CAN infact grab about 1 inch of skin from my lower abs when standing. I have to really dig deep to grab the skin, but when I do, I can pull it out for about a little under an inch. (let’s move on)
My training consists of 8-12 reps, as heavy as I can possible lift, 3 times a week. Tuesday-Thursday- and Saturday. The only difference is my trainer has me do a 10-8-6 on Tuesday. Which is The first set is 10 reps, then 8, then 6. He increase the weight by 5 lbs on my last set (6). I try to do a split… something like back and biceps Monday, Chest and Triceps Thursday, then legs Saturday. I however am a stupid noob, and have no idea if this is going to help me or not.
Anyways, here is a picture of me flexing my abs, and overall just an idea of my body type, and bodyfat%. I honestly don’t have a clue, and maybe you do. Personally I think(and hope) the reason I don’t see those bottom abs is because I don’t have them built/defined enough. Does anyone have an idea on how to add size to abs? Lately when I try to work my lower abs, I literally start to feel like I’m going to ejaculate in my pants. Gross, I know. How do you think I feel? Rumor has it that it’s high Testosterone… but… I’m just going to go ahead and say I’m putting too much pressure on my other-region muscles, and I’m forcing it myself. (no homo)
Thanks again guys. Like I said, I’m a noob so, please take it easy on me. I didn’t know where to post this so, if it needs to be moved, please move it. However, I would love some advice I need it badly, and the people at BB.com are just… awkward…
Thanks again guys.
… oh yeah, 1 last thing my Macros are
Protein - 190g MINIMUM
Carbs - 310g MAXIMUM
Fats - 70g MINIMUM
= 2630 calories on off days.
Thanks again guys, please help me out here, lol. I really want to put on muscle finally tired of being the skinny guy at 5’5… =(