I am an aspiring grappler, muay thai fighter, and mixed martial artist. I am looking to build muscle and strength while minimizing bad weight.
Here’s some stuff about me…
I’m 5’8"-5’9" ish and weighed in this morning at 108lbs. I’m a 23 y.o. female. I Used to play college soccer and pro overseas but have changed athletic direction for now. I have never been able to get above 116lbs. Usually when I played soccer and was training during season I was around 104ish.
I am pretty active. i work a 9-5 office job then usually serve 15-20 hours on the weekends at TGI fridays. Tues & Thur I have A no-gi grappling class(an hour) and Tues I have a muay thai class(an hour). I will usually do one more day of grappling and another day of muay thai a week as well as 3 days in the gym lifting. I am not doing any extra cardio besides a 15-20 minute spin on the stationary bike to warm up at the gym and walking my 2 dogs 2x a day(1/4-1/2 mile). the biking at the gym is at a comfortable speed to get my heart rate up alil.
So I want to put on some muscle and I have been doing some stuff that should have results but no luck so far. Ive been doing max weight min reps at the gym for the past 6 weeks. Have seen a change in the structure of my shoulders, back, biceps, triceps, and legs but no weight gain. basically my shoulders are looking more cut but not like there’s muscle being built. I am worried I am headed to just look cut and that not what I want.
I have increased my protein intake and calories to around 3000cal a day. I am starting a food and training diary to see if I’m doing things inconsistently with workouts or food intake but that might need a week or two.
Last week I had some issues that aggravated me. Last tuesday I was excited when I stepped on the scale it said I was 113 1/2 lbs after the gym, then on Thurs. i hopped on the same scale after the same work out and I was down to 110 1/2. By Last night after grappling I was at 108 lbs. I usually dont weigh myself so often, so I have no idea if this is common or if there could be an explanation for it but it made me mad.
Maybe I am being Impatient and wanting the results I desire faster than it will actually happen but I dont know anyone who has tried to gain weight like I am, not even at my fight gym. Just looking for some general advice on supplementing and things I could be doing wrong or things that people know have worked.
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the help. It means so much to me.