Congrats on taking the first step. One thing you have not outlined is your diet. Can you post what you are taking in on a daily basis? If your not sure, try www.fitday.com. It’s free and is a great tool. If you are not following a diet, look at John Bernardi’s guide to massive eating.
Second, you are right that you need to gain strength. However, I truly feel like that is just not enough volume and exercises for what you are trying to do. Maybe run it for 9-12 weeks and then mix it up. Westside for skinny bastards is great as well, it keeps a focus on the compound lifts and strength. You can do this, you have a good mindset right now.
I’ll start posting what I’m eating when it becomes consistent… right now I’m eating decent food but also a lot of junk (soda/chips). I haven’t smoked a cigarette in 3 weeks now and my appetite is coming in full force. My daily diet normally consists of about 1/3 of a gallon of milk in the morning, with cereal then a cup or 2 on their own. I have chicken and broccoli for my last 2 full meals. I haven’t broken off into 5-7 meals per day because I don’t care if my metabolism slows down. I actually NEED it to. I plan on running SS for 8 weeks and reevaluate my situation. Based on my lifting weights and how I feel I’ll be able to continue on the program. I’m looking into other programs right now, but I won’t jump ship unless I feel SS won’t be giving me anything more.
drink the whole milk. if you truly have a hard time gaining weight, get all the calories you can
cut out the cardio. same reasoning as above.
don’t set a time limit on gaining 50 lbs of mass. just do it. if you start getting uneasy about a little “belly” you may develop, don’t worry. you’ll be wearing winter clothes soon. and, if gaining weight is difficult for you, that means dropping fat will be easy, so don’t worry, lift hard and be consistent. good luck[/quote]
The only reason I set a time limit is that it’s nice to actually have a “horizon” something to look forward to. Just saying 225lbs isn’t enough for me… I have to have a date because it is a reason for me to hit the gym consistently. I have a timed goal and I will make it.
I’m gaining weight okay, I only drink about half a gallon of whole milk during my workout. I normally have another 1/3rd before my workout in the form of breakfast. On my days off, I just have that same breakfast. My carb intake is pretty high at this point and I’ll keep it high because I’m getting results.
As for the eventual belly… Yeah I know it’s going to come, I’m just glad it hasn’t yet. I’ll be fine with having a belly when i’m at 225… it’ll be worth it. I can’t wait to see what I look like in another 2 weeks, hell in another month!
Thanks all for reading/supporting/responding! Stay tuned