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Old 04-23-08, 02:50 PM
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gaining 10 pounds of muscle?

i have an extremely high metabolism. i could eat 10,000 calories in a day, sit on my ass and not gain an ounce. i actually became very sedentary for like a year and a half and played a ton of video games (i quit playing them for good) and never went outside, i didn't gain any weight to speak of. once my height leveled off at 5'11 i stopped gaining weight all together. i stayed at 130 for a couple years.

so anyway i got real into cycling again. i ride my mountain bike until i can afford a nice road bike. when i started biking again i had to recover for a long time after small hills, my legs ached. i had no stamina or endurance.. 5 weeks later I'm doing 20 mile rides at a time averaging 15-17 miles per hour. i fly up hills with ease. needless to say i got the cycling fever. i'm riding about 80 miles per week.

the other day i weighed my self and i was 10 pounds heavier than i was a couple months ago. i'm still all skin and bones. im thinking that it may be muscle gain. but is that even possible to gain 10 pounds of muscle in 5 weeks? by the way im 18 years old so i've probably got more testosterone in me than barry bonds.

im not anorexic or anything i eat a ton of food. i dont really care about my weight im just curious if that kind of muscle gain in such a short period of time is possible?
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Old 04-23-08, 03:08 PM
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I read somewhere that gaining 15lbs of muscle in a year was pretty typical for someone trying really hard to bulk. I seriously doubt you've gained 10lbs in 5 weeks.

When I was 18, I was skinny and ate like a horse. Never gained weight.

Enjoy it while it lasts, it sounds like it might be ending soon... When the height growth ends, the width growth begins.

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Some if it is muscle, but I think mostly it's water retention.
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oh alright. i was just curious.
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Maybe if you were seriously hitting the weights HEAVY and on a bulking diet. 10lbs of muscle is pretty hard to come by in a short period of time...even when you are trying.
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Purchase a body fat scale &/or a set of body fat calipers & see where you're really at in terms of muscle -vs- body fat.

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Originally Posted by Az B View Post
I read somewhere that gaining 15lbs of muscle in a year was pretty typical for someone trying really hard to bulk. I seriously doubt you've gained 10lbs in 5 weeks.


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that is WAAAAAAAYYYYYY off.
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Originally Posted by jilla82 View Post
that is WAAAAAAAYYYYYY off.
Like I said, I was going from memory and I don't even remember where I read it.

If you have more info, please elaborate. Just saying I'm way off isn't very helpful.

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Originally Posted by jilla82 View Post
that is WAAAAAAAYYYYYY off.
It is most likely water gain. The real way to tell is have your body fat measured by a professional with the skin fold test. My gym does it for free. The water submersion test is the most accurate, but it is expensive and not many places do it. A good trainer can get very close using the 7 point skin fold.

The 2nd thing is to weigh first ting every morning. Water alone weighs 8 lbs per gallon.
I weigh first thing in the am after my morning bodily functions and before I eat or drink anything. It’s not uncommon for me to weigh 4 to 8 lbs heavier at the dens of the day than in the am.

I am not sure if Az B is saying that is way off by being high or low, but its not way off at his age. If he could do 1 lb of pure muscle per month he would be doing well. You are what is known as a “Hard Gainer”. I know kids his age training to be body builders who are shooting for 12lbs a year at this point (Naturaly ). I am not a body builder, but I was a power lifter and wrestler so I have been a gym rat most of my life. I do spend a lot of time in the ALL NATURAL body building community. I was at my strongest at age 38. ( 5’9 225 at 7% body fat) even though I lifted a lot in my teens and early 20s, it was not until my late 20s that my muscles started to mature and I really started to bulk up. Why would some who is now past 40 and turned to cycling, train or workout with these guys. Because when it comes to loosing fat, building muscle and eating right, these guys know how it is done. Want to loose weight quick….loose some muscle, muscle weight 3X as much as the same volume of fat, I have seen time and time again. If you go on one of the fad diets check your body fat, not just your weight before you start. In almost every case, re check in 60 days and you will find a good portion of the loss can from muscle loss. Nothing burns fat better or quicker than lean muscle.

I usually take off the gym and riding the last 3 months of the year. I like to lift and ride, but I also love to hunt and that what I do in all my spare time in Oct, Nov, and Dec.

When January rolls around, I have jumped 3 pants sizes and added 15% body fat or about 25 or 30 lbs in my case as well as lost 5 or 6 lbs of muscle in that time. ( at 45 and it gets more every year). I start back lifting 3 days a week and riding or Spin class 3 days and take one day off ( to the tune of burning about 8000 calories a week.) I fuel my body with 3200 calories through 6 meals a day ( lots of protein and plenty of clean carbs.) I average about 1.5 lbs of muscle gain and loose 8 lbs of pure fat every month. Sometime around late March to mid April I get back to 15% body fat +/- 2%. Everyone is different, but for me that is my sweet spot. I look better at 10% to 12% but I just don’t have the reserves to make the long century or 2 day double century rides I like to do. Now that I am riding, my focus is not to add a lot more mass to my body, but I want to keep what I have.

Now talk about someone on the juice, I have seen some heavyweights put on 45lbs in a year, but most of those guys won’t make it to 50.
Eat right, and train hard, you can do it. It has a lot to do with genetics. Some people are just “hard gainers” it’s as hard for you to gain weight as it is for me to loose it.

Good Luck
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