I recently joined a Division II college crew team. This means that I am rowing for two hours every morning, before breakfast, six days a week. Three times a week I have an additional afternoon practice on a rowing machine.
Crew is divided into two weight classes: sub-160 pounds, and 160+ pounds. At the moment, I am 5’10" and 167 pounds, with a fairly low body fat percentage (never been tested, but I have a visible six pack without flexing). I would ideally like to reach approximately 175 pounds, both to ensure that I am not asked to cut weight and row lightweight, and to increase my rowing ability via hypertrophy. Looking better naked would be nice, too
Unfortunately, the incredible amount of rowing that I do every day amounts to a LOT of cardio. I am eating six LARGE meals a day, plus two protein shakes, and I still hungry all the time.
I try to lift regularly, but I am chronically overtrained, and feel like I’m breaking my body down. It doesn’t help that I have to get up at 5:00am every day for practice, and am often very sleep deprived.
Since I am a poor college student, at the moment the only supplimentation that I can afford is protein powder. I am asking my parents for creatine and Surge for Christmas; hopefully they will deliver.
And so I turn myself over to the collective knowledge of the forum. I am short on sleep and food, and very long on cardio. But I need to gain mass–I refuse to let this sport turn me into a skinny bastard. I’m sure that all of you understand the sentiment.
Any and all help would be appreciated!