Hey Guys ,
I consider myself a skinny guy , I guess would fall under the category of a "hard gainer". In the last
2 years I have been really going at it really hard. My highest goal would be a few years from now to reach
about 175lbs , fill out my problems areas. Upper pecs , front delts , traps. I really lack in these areas , and then
maintain that Physique consistently into my older age.
I have changed my approach twice , and now im confused , because there is so much info out there.
My first approach was to drop my body fat to around 10 pct where I felt comfortable and then raise my calories
about 600 calories over my maintenance and keep my protein to a 1gr per body weight. All my meals were small
and spread apart into 6 meals. With all the expected nutriets. I was doing 2 body parts per day and working out 4 X
a week. With a balance workout with 3 sets and 8-10 rep range , with expected progression.
I got fed up becuz my new trainer convinced me , that as a hardgainer I was doing it all wrong.
He changed my diet and now im eating about 4000 calories , Spread into 7 meals. And I really increased my carbs. My protein
is now at 2gr per body weight and im now pumping in more shakes and adding Vitargo and I am taking alot more supplemets
Glutamine , Fish oils , Bcaa , Zma , Creatine. My calories are high but it consists of alot of healthy foods , Lean mets , Fish , Nuts , Natural peanut butter , yams , Simple carms , and skim milk with my shakes , also alot of greens.
My training increased aswell , I am now mixing it up with 5 and 4 sets varying from 10-12 rep range to 8-10. I am also hitting 1 muscle
per day and 5 days at the gym.
These are 2 proven methods , But 1 side , will tell you even if u bulk 75% of the weight u gain needs to be cut off , and you can just gain
it in a slow and steady manner without all the extra effort and use of a cutting cycle.
The other side will tell u , if u dont train harder and cause higher tension and muscular hypertrophy , you wont shock your muscles into
growing , and if u do that you need all the extra carbs protein and calories , to handle that intensity.
Im asking the body building world for a direct answer ?! Do they both work , and why does each approach have good arguments against
I'd especially like some input from actuall skinny guys who reached their goals