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It's so hard to gain weight and muscle

pmack11pmack11 Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
Hello, I have pretty much been skinny all my life. Last year, I was at 118 lbs and currently at 133 lbs just by adding more calories and going to the gym. I'm so happy to see I am not the only one that struggles with this 🤪


  • pmack11pmack11 Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    Oh and I'm 5'6
  • sgt1372sgt1372 Posts: 3,182Member Member Posts: 3,182Member Member
    Most people here have no problem gaining wt but gaining muscle is a different matter.

    Sounds like you're doing the rt thing to gain weight. All you have to do is combine that w/a,lifting program to build strength and muscle.

    For beginners, I recommend Matk Rippetoe's "Starting Strength" program, which I prefer to Stronglifts that many people here also like. I've done both and think that SS is better but check them out and decide for yourself.

    Good luck!
  • MDC2957MDC2957 Posts: 147Member Member Posts: 147Member Member
    I see all these commercials on TV for nutrisystem and Jenny Craig. I think it's way harder to gain weight than it is to lose. Harder to eat more calories than it is to eat less!
  • psychod787psychod787 Posts: 2,296Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,296Member, Premium Member
    uhh well... since you are a beginner, almost any workout that increases volume will work. Check out body the furious 5 is a quick beginning bulking workout. To quote a professional, "whatever phase, cutting, bulking, recomp, always train for hypertrophy." Now power lifting is not independent of muscle gain, but higher volume lifting SEEMS to be better for muscle gain. Best wishes! Actually posted a mid level beginner session I am doing now based on James Kriegers work.
    edited September 1
  • MexicangreensalsaMexicangreensalsa Posts: 275Member Member Posts: 275Member Member
    118 is perfectly healthy for your height. Most people want to lose from 133 to where you used to be! Do you think you look better in the middle of a healthy weight? What benefits do you have from being heavier?
  • lkpduckylkpducky Posts: 9,382Member Member Posts: 9,382Member Member
    pmack11 wrote: »
    Oh here I around 133 lbs

    You look great!!
  • sgt1372sgt1372 Posts: 3,182Member Member Posts: 3,182Member Member
    Gaining wt is no problem 4me. Gaining muscle is another matter.
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