Don't think of it as extra skin - if you begin by trying to lose weight/firm up, you'll have a lot of trouble getting anywhere. At 5'10"/130lb, you're very far from fat, and all you need is 30+ lbs of extra mass to "stretch out" your skin and the problem will be solved
Yeah, that's what I meant. I realize it's not fat. I remember facetiously comparing abs with a bodybuilder friend in Texas in a mirror and when we both bent over, I had that and he didn't. It was just a little surprising that someone could get rid of that so now, I figure I might as well try.
If you'd like to put on that much muscle mass, and are serious about it and start off right, you should be able to do it in a year or so. Everyone's different of course, but there's no reason you shouldn't see a very noticeable size increase after a few months of training.
Okay, that "one year" timeframe really helps a lot, actually. I have no perspective of how body weight translates into appearances since I've weighed about the same since I started consciously thinking about how much someone weighs. When people say "I lost twenty pounds" or "He is 50 pounds overweight" I am never able to build a mental image of what that even kinda looks like.
The best way to get started is to pick up a copy of Starting Strength, a book by Mark Rippetoe. It is bar none the best book out there on barbell training. At the very least, read as much as you can of http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wiki/Starting_Strength_Wiki
Thanks for the book recommendation. I'll definitely read it. I'm a book reading kind of guy anyway.
Other than that, the only things you really need are a gym membership - make sure it has free weights and a squat rack, not just a smith machine - and lots of hard work.
That's one thing I don't have yet: a gym membership. I'm moving early July so I've held off buying one until after the move. I think July may be the more official starting time of this project. The gym at my apartment is pretty measly.
Oh, yes, and more food than you've ever imagined
Okay, this is a big question I have for the fellow vegans here. Since I've switched to veganism, I've cooked most of my meals myself -- an exciting departure from eating nothing but quick, prepared foods before. At the moment, though, I spend a lot of my day just making food and I can't imagine 2-3x more in a day. Do you all make your own food and, if so, do you just do it in bulk?
The basic compound movements will work well for you, not much volume and make sure you rest enough.
Using a 1 or 2 day split with mostly, or all, compound movements, eg Legs, chest, triceps and then Back, shoulders, biceps, abs on the other day, 3-4 workouts per week. It's a similar split to what I'm using at the moment and it is working really well for me. I think with your metabolism, less is more, so 3 sessions a week and plenty of good food and rest will work well for you.
Sorry, like I said I'm really new to this. I had to google "basic compound movements" so I get that now but what do you mean by "volume" in this case?
A few more questions:
- I care a lot of heart health since my father and grandfather both died of a heart attack. Right now my cardio is amazingly bad. Should I focus on cardio in my workout a lot? How does that affect my meal preparation, ability to gain weight, or other aspects of my daily routine? I used to be able to do 45 minutes at +160 strides/minute constant on a kind of running machine but when I jumped on the treadmill, I couldn't do 10 minutes at that same pace. Is a treadmill the de facto best thing for concentrated cardio exercise?
- Should I worry about stretch marks as I gain weight?
- Is this section the best place to put this thread? Should I ask an admin to move it?
Thanks so much for the pointers so far guys!