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2005/08/02 11:47:43 (permalink)
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Toning up

Alrite chaps,
I joined my local gym about 3/4 wks back with the intentions of getting big and building quality muscle. My training is goin well but I can't seem to eat so many meals. I can just about manage a dinner and tea. Am I still going to gain any muscle? I try to put as much protein in my meals as possible and if I can stomach it I have 1 to 2 weight gain shakes a day.
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    footdee
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    RE: Toning up 2005/08/02 11:52:23 (permalink)
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    Hello, try posting up your whole diet with timings of meals and training sessions for some advice. Have you been able to put on much with your current eating plan so far? Or is this a recent thing where you've not been able to eat so much?
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    RE: Toning up 2005/08/02 12:20:30 (permalink)
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    I usually have a weight gain shake at about 10:30am, a tuna, salad sandwich at 1ish, something like pasta and chicken around 6 and I train at 8:30. I train 3 times a week and do cardio 2 to 3 times per week. I find it hard to eat more.
    When I had my introduction, the fitness instructor gave me a plan which consisted of a full body workout, 30 mins on treadmill, 10 mins on a step climber and 1500m rowing, 3 times a week. But half way through training I was too knackered to carry on. Now I have split my workouts training legs and shoulders Monday, Back and Biceps Wednesday and chest and abs on Saturday. Which would you say is the best way?
    My weight is staying the same but I dont feel any stronger or look different but it is early days yet.
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    RE: Toning up 2005/08/02 12:40:09 (permalink)
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    http://www.muscletalk.co.uk/article-mass-gaining.asp
    http://www.muscletalk.co.uk/hard-gainers.asp
    In fact, there's tonnes of info on all kinds of things in the articles section of MuscleTalk. Obviously you're not eating enough, you already know that as you're not seeing the results you want - although when you say "early days" how early exactly?!! Eating more has to be a gradual process IMO not an overnight change. If you don't eat enough you won't get bigger! Have a look at Cashmans thread at the top of the beginners section on this forum aswell if you haven't already. Many different opinions on splits or full body, but I think his routine is good to get people started.
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    RE: Toning up 2005/08/02 15:54:48 (permalink)
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    Personally I think cramming as much protein as possible into a couple of meals is a waste, your body can only take on a certain amount in one go...the rest is wasted! Try eating smaller more rgular meals throughout the day...if you prepare ahead it's pretty simple.....couple of tuna sandwiches takes minustes to make

    (Soya and Linseed bread is just the best!!!!)

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    RE: Toning up 2005/08/02 16:30:35 (permalink)
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    Can you not make shakes to take away with you for the day.

    You can add whey for protein, oats for carbs, fruit, nuts for efas .... not as good as 'real' food, but is an easy way to eat on the go.

    I used to have an appauling diet (one day was 2 bowls of cocopops in full fat milk, a mars bar and 20 southern comform and cokes) and still mamaned to put on lean mass. Nowhere near as quickly as I am now, but it happenned, slowly.

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