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Beginner Questions

Hi,

I am male, 21 yrs old, weigh 130lbs, 5’8".

2 months ago I began a new diet and started to workout in order to gain weight and reverse some of the effects of being a full-time college student (i.e. couch potato with books instead of t.v., oh, and no potato chips).

I now consume around 2300 calories/day, eating lean meats (beef and chicken), lots of fruits and vegetables, rice, wheat bread (with breakfast), and peanut butter. I drink no beverages but water/tea/coffee. For some reason early in life I developed a strong aversion to milk, eggs, and cheese.

I started a weight lifting routine (3 days/wk, 4 if i have time) for the first time in my life and have improved a lot. My squat is now 215x4, deadlift 135x4, and bench 115x4. I also do pull-ups, dips, lat pull-down, weighted crunches, and have started doing rows (after reading the good row article on here). I also do some isolated arm stuff when I’m done with everything else and getting tired. I basically do about 20 minutes cardio everyday too (which is not new).

I recently purchased some supplements from this site, mainly to consume more calories/protein when I can’t eat anymore food (bringing my daily total of protein up to around 80-100grams).

I’m taking one scoop of Grow! twice/day, and the last time I worked out I took 2 scoops of Surge afterwards. I also take a multi vitamin and 2400mg fish oil/day, and today ordered some greens powder to work into the mix.

Questions:

what do you think about this plan in general?

what are the best times to take Grow! (i’ve been taking it in the morning with breakfast, and around 5PM with no food)?

is using 2 scoops of Surge good for someone my weight? (reccomended for <200 is 3)

hmm… that’s all i can think of now, i’m sure i’ll think of more late. i’ve been reading posts here for a while now - this is my first.

Thanks!

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I am on an extremely limiting budget.

more food 2300 isnt much hit the chow hall.

whats your training like what are you doing we dont carfe how much you lift now thats relative what are you doing.

The Grow! when even you need protein anytime. The Surge pre/during/post training. then lots of food.

80-100g of protein heck man thats my last meal nearly. You need more get atleast 1g per lb.

post your training get more food in you., and above akll keep bustin ass in the gym and things will work out.

Phill

[quote]allenthecowboy wrote:
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I am on an extremely limiting budget.[/quote]

If you are really on a limited budget, I would suggest dropping the Grow! and Surge and just spending more on food, and eating alot more of the same foods you are eating now. As a very rough guess, you will probably start gaining effectively between 3000-3500 kcal. You should also try and overcome your aversion to milk and eggs. Can you drink chocolate milk? Chocolate skim milk is a very good postworkout drink, and cheap, too.

[quote]Phill wrote:
more food 2300 isnt much hit the chow hall.

whats your training like what are you doing we dont carfe how much you lift now thats relative what are you doing.
[/quote]

Well, I listed the lifts I do. I typically do around 4 sets of as much weight as I can. Meaning, if i can do more than 5 reps, I up the weight until I can only do 3 or 4. I do this three days/wk.

Thanks for the encouragement.

[quote]tedro wrote:
allenthecowboy wrote:
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I am on an extremely limiting budget.

If you are really on a limited budget, I would suggest dropping the Grow! and Surge and just spending more on food, and eating alot more of the same foods you are eating now. As a very rough guess, you will probably start gaining effectively between 3000-3500 kcal.[/quote]

Yes, my only problem is finding time/appetite to eat/prepare food, so i’ve been supplementing with the protein shakes. I’ll keep this in mind though.

Agreed. Thanks for the advice.

[quote]allenthecowboy wrote:
Well, I listed the lifts I do. I typically do around 4 sets of as much weight as I can. Meaning, if i can do more than 5 reps, I up the weight until I can only do 3 or 4. I do this three days/wk.
Thanks for the encouragement.
[/quote]

Why don’t you just do one of the workouts posted here? Waterbury’s ABBH is a great place to start. (And even come back to for experienced lifters.)

[quote]tedro wrote:
allenthecowboy wrote:
Well, I listed the lifts I do. I typically do around 4 sets of as much weight as I can. Meaning, if i can do more than 5 reps, I up the weight until I can only do 3 or 4. I do this three days/wk.
Thanks for the encouragement.

Why don’t you just do one of the workouts posted here? Waterbury’s ABBH is a great place to start. (And even come back to for experienced lifters.)
[/quote]

Good idea, this program looks great.