Some radio commercial that's been spamming sports radio the past few months tells me that the average person carries around 20lbs of was material in their body. If you take their pill, your body sheds that waste and your butt gets sexy looking or something. Maybe you should try that. That commercial makes me laugh though because the way they describe the supplement, it sounds like an enema, fat burner, and a appetite suppressant all in one. Don't know how a pill tones your body, but apparently this one does, lol.
Nfl Fan wrote:Lift weights. Lots. Gaining 30 pounds of muscle will take work.
Increased muscle mass increases your metabolism which should take care of the problem areas... such that there are at 6'2" and 164 lbs.
Yeah, that's pretty skinny for your height as already mentioned. Bear in mind, you're going to have to (guessing on your height/slimness) probably eat a lot more than you're used to to actually build muscle. And, some builds just don't pack on muscle very well. But any body will respond to weight training. The taller you are, the less it wil show up, since you're building longer muscles. That's why stocky guys can get built so much faster; the muscles are shorter, so they stack up quicker.
i"d still recommend starting with machines to get yourself going. At first you'll be doing (if I remember correctly) 'neuro-muscular' development, which means you should see some fairly rapid gains in what you're able to lift. That's somewhat new muscle, but largely it's training everything 'up to speed.' To attempt to illustrate, let's look at bicep curls. Say, you start at curling 15 pounds each arm individually (mixing in other lifts so as not to train your body to respond to a certain thing - you gotta keep changing up your workout), that's the your body building up the tendons in your elbow, for example, to accomidate what your bicep can do. Once that is equaled out, you're in the groove and can really start to hit free weights, which will provide much better returns from your workouts.
Then you'll start to notice your arms fill your sleeves more. Don't just work out the 'show' muscle groups (biceps, chest, etc.). Balance it. For every bicep session you have, work your triceps (tri's will really sculpt your arms/delts, by the way). Also, be aware that weightlifting will stimulate testosterone production so you may sometimes feel like a bull in rut, even without steroids.
Lifting can make ya feel really good, both physically and mentally. Plus weightlifting is also a cardio workout in and of itself. Actually, I've read that doing endurance training shouldn't be crisscrossed with mass building. I enjoyed spending 40 minutes or so lifting (don't weight train more than a few muscle groups a day so you'll have other groups to train the next day), and then swimming. It was a good way to cool down after a workout and also get some low-impact cardio in.
^ all that said, I"m saying things that worked for me personally. I'm not certified to give advice on any formal basis. I've just spent time in the gym. You'll learn what your body responds to well, and what it doesn't, and you'll learn along the way and be able to tailor yourself a workout custom to you.
I don't think you need to lose anything. I'm 6'3" 200 and can stand to lost about 15 lbs so I'm not rediculously skinny.
Muscle weighs more than fat so while you are lifting you are replacing fat with higher weight muscle. Thats why you are not losing anything. Keep eating right and lifting and eventually you will build your weight up.
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My god! 30 pounds of muscle! That's a lot to be aiming for.
I wouldn't concentrate so much on the weight. That will come. Sounds like you just want to get stronger and not be really skinny anymore. You definitely don't have to lose weight, you actually sound like you are underweight.
You definitely need to get in the weight room, and you definitely need to start eating a lot. It's great to run too and don't give that up, but you need to start pumping iron my friend!
The key in the weight room is to push yourself to the limit. Don't just go in there, do a few machines, look at yourself in the mirror, and leave having accomplished nothing. Do the core lifts- squats, bench press, dead lifts, flies, etc, and the secondary lifts- shoulders, triceps, back, biceps, etc. and make sure you do abs. Get someone to spot you and get negative reps when you can't go anymore. If possible, try to get in the weight room 3 or 4 times a week. If that's not possible for you at least aim for 2 days a week, and focus on different parts of your body on separate days.
When you are done working out, you should be drained. When you work out your legs your legs should feel like jello. When you work out your chest your chest should be sore when you move your arms. When you push yourself like that, you will see results.
This is important though: do not go to the weight room without knowing what the hell you're doing! If you have never worked out before, don't sweat it. Have someone who is pretty knowledgeable about weight lifting take you to the weight room to show you what to do. This could be a trainer, or it could just be a friend or family member that is pretty knowledgeable. Make sure you know what you're doing or you could get hurt.
And, I think this goes without saying: stay away from the steroids and HGH under all circumstances. Stay away from things like creatine too, especially if you are under 18.
As far as the eating goes, just eat a lot of protein. Peanut butter is a great source of protein and is often overlooked. Eat the junk food in moderation and you'll keep the body fat off while gaining muscle.
Hope this helped.
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