Here is a little background first. Ive been reading on here for about 6 months and havent really posted much. I have been working out off and on for a couple years but I have decided to make a committment to it now. I am pretty much posting to get a little advice and encouragement, plus to remind me of my goals.
I hear a lot of people talk about being a hardgainer, I think I would qualify as one of those. I eat 3000-4000 calories a day and have done so for the last 6 months with minimal weight gains. I have pretty detailed food logs to back this up. Here is a sample:
Yesterday for example. A non-lifting day.
7am - 4 egg omlette with tomato, onion, brocolli. 16oz fruit smoothie with strawberries, mango, banana, apple. 1 pack instant oatmeal, 2 scoops GROW.
1030am - 12" philly cheesesteak with mushrooms, onions, lettuce, tomato, and swiss cheese.
2pm - 10oz chicken and 1 cup brown rice
430pm - 2 scoops grow, 8oz steak, 1/2 plate of pasta
530pm - large plate of lasagna with tossed salad
8pm - big bowl of ice cream
10pm- 2 scoops grow, 10oz chicken breast, 2 chocolate chip cookies.
Like I said before though, my lifting has been too off and on to complain about my lack of muscle gain. I have included a picture to give you an idea of what I’m working with. I am going to use the Westide for Skinny Bastards as a template for my workouts. I also play about 4 hours of basketball a week, 6 hours of surfing, 3 hours of tennis, and ride my bike about 30 miles a week (transportation to school and gym).
I do have a couple of questions though. What, if any, is the downside of me eating sugar to supplement my caloric intake? It doesnt seem to have any effect on me, I eat ice cream, cookies, and smoothies before bed with my protein all the time and have never had any noticeable fat on my body. I would hate to lose these calories by cutting them out.
Because of my work and school schedule I find it nearly impossible to get more than 6hrs of sleep a night. Will throwing in 1hr naps here and there help to make up the difference or do you really need that deep sleep to GROW? Thanks for any advice and encouragement you guys may have. Im tired of being a skinny bastard.
Bench - 195
Squat - 255
Deadlift - 305
I have a 7’7" standing reach (I have short reach for my height) and can grab the rim with knuckles without a step so i figure about a 30" vertical.
Goals by new year:
Bench - 250
Squat - 315
Deadlift - 375
I would like to get my vertical in the 35" range so that i can dunk more than a football or volleyball.
Do these seem reasonable??
PS. I dont get the joke but there is a whole shoe rack in the background so it should be easy to tell my body fat! HAHA