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I'm finally gaining weight!!! Here's what did it!!

#1 Postby NOMn » Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:26 am

hey everyone, I am FINALLY, after looking like an anemic pale weakling, am GAINING POUNDS and am tanner and my muscles have definition. I'm currently up around 10 pounds of SOLID-MUSCLE since I started!! I'm so much more confident and happy with myself I can't believe it. For the first time my abs and biceps feel puffy and dense. I weigh myself before I eat every morning at the exact same time, so this is true weight gain for me!!!!!

Anyways, thought I'd give back a little and share some tips:

#1: SUNLIGHT!

4-hours a day minimal. Our ancestors were out in the sun all freaking day!

That's right, it's super hard for me here in the winter, but I find when I sit in the sun I'm stronger, get leaner, and gain muscle. They did experiments where they took these cancer patients into solariums and found, even though they were bedridden for months still developed a little bit of muscle tone and definition. We're still at our infancy in understanding what role Vitamin D and sunlight play in the human body, but they have discovered Vitamin D is a huge pre-cursor to many metabolic, and anabolic functions.

#2: HAVE CONSISTENCY.

There's a delicate balance between over-training, and under-training. I fell into the whole "scared to overtrain" thing, so I would take 2 days off between my lifts. What I noticed is this wasn't giving my body enough of a reason to grow. I personally find it best when I go in there once a day, like M W F will be HARD heavy lifts with the classic kings, [like squats, deadlift, bench, dips, rows, overhead presses, etc.] and then the rest of the week Tue, Th, and Sat - NOT SUN that's rest - maybe do like abs, pulldowns, flyes, bicep curls etc, just working mini-muscles that only take around 24 hours (for me) to recover, but still keep me in a shocked and growth state!! I can't stress how important it is to regularly train. Arms sore? Do squats. Butt sore? Do abs. Everything is sore but your little shoulders? Do shoulders today!!

#3: USE INTUITIVE LIFTING, by Listening To Your Unique Body Language:

I was the scrawny guy walking around the gym meticulously documenting every single lift, rep, and had my entire weeks worth of exercises mapped out, and followed them religiously. Yet I WAS STILL SMALL! I couldn't figure out why all my friends, who were total BROSCIENCE enthusiasts, never used a training log and were getting massive! They didn't even care about the number of reps or weight they used. "Lifting heavy" was their motto.

I finally realized that going in there just lifting by what you feel is not stupid and wont hurt your gains! It's a brilliant way to actually gain muscle, here's why:

Example 1: Let's say you go in there and expect to do chest today. You look at your little book and notice it says "Bench Press, 3x12" Okay, cool! So you do it, and on your first rep you stop at around 11 reps, or hit 12 and drop the weight. First off, you could of done more. Second off, your chest might be sore and it would of been better to work shoulders and back today, or legs! But since you listen to your guidebook and NOT your body, you continue to workout those muscles anyways!! [big mistake]

So then you get to set #3, and you find yourself dropping the weight around 11 reps. You COULD OF squeezed out 15 for the bit of serious extra growth, and/or done some burning negative reps, maxing out around 18 with totally exhausted arms/chest, but since your logbook said "3x12", you only hit that and feel accomplished.

Example 2: Like I said previously, you may go in there sore as f--k and your body could totally be using a leg workout today, but instead, since you have a pre-fabricated workout for the week, you try to follow it, ignoring your body. You might gain more by doing squats today then going home for a nap and hitting arms & chest TOMORROW instead of again on Friday, see? It's all about listening to your own body and intuitively lifting here!!!!

Also, I would watch all these proper form videos and try to mirror them. What I realized being a 6'3 guy was that I have long arms and am built much differently. When you start to feel your muscles [mind-muscle connection], you will understand that your form is UNIQUE, and different. For example for me on flyes, I have to literally do this weird U-like curve-push, that looks like I'm cheating or not doing the exercise right something, in order to FEEL it right on the spot on my pecs where I want. Same with squats, I have to change my stance and do all these things different to make it a comfortable, effective lift that targets specific muscle groups in my thighs.

Listen to your unique body, it has a code for how it grows, and it's up to you to find it!!

#4: GET A SLOW-COOKER!

This is the MOTHER of all vegan bodybuilding devices. I have been living off of my famous 'WTF-STEW' for months, and have made such an effective calorically dense meal that I actually got fat because I was eating TOO MUCH OF IT! Never again will they say, "how do you get enough calories/proten?!!"

"WTF-STEW" Recipe:

4-cups Split-Peas.
4-cups Lentils.
2-cups Quinoa.
EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN:(carrots, cabbage, celery, 1 onion, garlic, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, potato slices, seasonings; thyme, basil, oregano, rosemary, salt, pepper.)

After it's done, I'll sometimes toss in an avocado in there. Everything turns to an easily-digestible mush, and it's DECENT. It's not fine vegan restaurant-worthy cuisine, but when bulking, it's seriously your best bud ever!!
current progress:
1/11/13: 157.6 lb 2/11/13: 165 lb
3/1/13: 168.4 lb

"They ask for my secret, I tell them it's 'hard work'. They ask for something new. They've heard it before." -Rolsey

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Re: I'm finally gaining weight!!! Here's what did it!!

#2 Postby Compassion » Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:17 am

Awesome! Very informative, and I love the recipe! I have a huge bag of lentils in my pantry that have been begging to get used!

Consistency is KEY! 6-7 days a week for me. People kept telling me I am "over training" but I listen to my body. I am not working muscles that are sore, and I am having FUN in the gym. Here is a video I saw last week that backs my belief hahaha.

Disclaimer: There is swearing in this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8_8phD7AwM
-Evan

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Re: I'm finally gaining weight!!! Here's what did it!!

#3 Postby NOMn » Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:10 am

Thanks man!! Glad you found it helpful!!! And definitely try to pick up some split-peas, they're high in anabolic amino acids and seriously taste amazing with lentils. You can grab them on Amazon.com for cheap! And I totally agree, being an ectomorph means undertraining is a huge risk. If I feel energetic and enthusiastic about working out every day, and not depressed or sluggish & tired - that's a good sign! :o

"IT'S STILL YOUR MOTHERF**KIN' SET!!!!!"
current progress:
1/11/13: 157.6 lb 2/11/13: 165 lb
3/1/13: 168.4 lb

"They ask for my secret, I tell them it's 'hard work'. They ask for something new. They've heard it before." -Rolsey

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Re: I'm finally gaining weight!!! Here's what did it!!

#4 Postby z0rzz » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:53 am

Hey! This is a dumb question, but I love your WTF-Stew ingredients and want to start cooking it on the regular during my bulk. How do you use a slowcooker? Do you add water, what temperature do you set it at, how long etc etc. I want to be able to replicate this recipe 100% because I've been searching for an easy way to eat a lot of carbs really fast.

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#5 Postby C.O. » Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:45 pm

Great post! I might copy quote it and repost it in another section as well. Could be very beneficial to a lot of people.

-Dylan

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#6 Postby Vegan Aspirant » Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:12 pm

NOMn, thank you for your thread, I've actually applied some of your advice and I can say that it feels better. while still like to stick to my 3, actually more like 4-split program, if I'm not up to- sa- thighs because they're still recovering from last work-out, I will change my program and work on something else, for instance arms or back and exert a full effort in this specific body area as opposed to continuing with thighs and exerting a sloppy to mediocre effort.

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#7 Postby Vegan Aspirant » Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:13 pm

Oh and I didn't do it to gain weight (that sh*t seems to be running on its own, fat as well as muscle- the double edged sword), so your advice is good and solid for everyone, whether they're on bulk or cut.

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Re: I'm finally gaining weight!!! Here's what did it!!

#8 Postby crashnburn » Mon May 27, 2013 4:53 pm

Interesting :)
Does burning food to raise water temperature equate to energy utilization by DIGESTING food (chewing, saliva, stomach acid, pancreatic enzymes, liver etc. Intestines:nutrients absorbed into blood stream)? Definitely NOT! Do Calories really mean anything?


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