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Postby ultraspontane » Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:52 am

Jewbus. Its a tough sword to find.
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Re: I want to gain mass, but I lead a cardio intensive lifes

Postby baldy » Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:42 pm

The whole ectomorph thing I think is mainly a myth, so dont get too hung up on what your body is naturally like.
I used to be thin and skinny, now I am big and chubby. Your size is ultimately determined by how much you eat (calories in) and how much you exercise (calories out). Weight exercises are of course going to be best for bulking up, but not essential if you like something like swimming or sprinting.

I am also 6"2 and was 77kg about 4 years ago, it's a good running weight :) When I got to about 85kg I stopped looking skinny, so good target to aim for.

Have you read the bulkers corner thread?
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Re: I want to gain mass, but I lead a cardio intensive lifes

Postby xrodolfox » Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:00 am

You can easily gain mass and weight as a swimmer. I certainly have seen it, and see it in myself.

With running, however, I've only seen a lowering of weight. That stuff suppresses hunger. Swimming, however, doesn't do that.
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Re: I want to gain mass, but I lead a cardio intensive lifes

Postby thestoatyone » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:28 pm

Tru nuff dat. Swimming gives me hulk appetite!

To the OP, get down with the junk food, you need the calories. An avacado a day would be good too, as would a big bag of mixed nuts in your packpack, to dip into as you go about your business...
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Re: I want to gain mass, but I lead a cardio intensive lifes

Postby Fallen_Horse » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:50 pm

My opinion is, if you exercise like hell, you probably eat a bunch of food to maintain your weight. What you want to do is two-fold. One, eat more food overall. More calories means more energy for your body to build. Two, you want to increase the percentage of protein in your diet. If you have a calorie surplus, having more protein in that surplus will help your body choose to create muscle as a response to the stresses placed on it, instead of just storing that energy as extra fat. I notice that most 'distance' vegan athletes shun protein, and that's because they want carbs for energy, and they specifically DON'T want to gain mass, because mass and distance running aren't terribly compatible.

Would you be ok if your running performance decreased slightly? Adding more muscle to your body will help with aesthetics (and might even be healthy, if you really are that thin), but it will also mean more work for your body to run 20 miles. So your 20 mile time might go up a bit, but overall if you are happier and healthier then that's what matters most.
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Re: I want to gain mass, but I lead a cardio intensive lifes

Postby thestoatyone » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:54 pm

Fallen_Horse wrote:...but it will also mean more work for your body to run 20 miles. So your 20 mile time might go up a bit, but overall if you are happier and healthier then that's what matters most.


Yeah, if you ain't bothered about how fast you go, but rather just wanna do it for laffs, you'll be fine bulking. Eat more. lift heavy.
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Re: I want to gain mass, but I lead a cardio intensive lifes

Postby ultraspontane » Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:27 am

Thanks!
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Re: I want to gain mass, but I lead a cardio intensive lifes

Postby JS » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:49 pm

ultraspontane wrote: I've already made an effort to start eating more.


How do you find the eating more bit - I tried it once or twice as I was believing folk when they say I "need" to put weight on as I'm a skinny minny but man if I try to eat more I just feel eating is all I do and I go around feeling too full and unhappy all day as I force feed myself :( I'm trying to learn I'm just skinny!
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Re: I want to gain mass, but I lead a cardio intensive lifes

Postby ultraspontane » Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:52 am

Troll jegus told me.
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Re: I want to gain mass, but I lead a cardio intensive lifes

Postby ultraspontane » Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:02 pm

Update: Officially started kettlebell training today.

Used this circuit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avajxRtF0bo Did that with one 45lb kettlebell.

I feel asbsolutley blitzed. This is really tough stuff. The description says to repeat the circuit 5 times. I made it three times. I'm going to commit to this workout 2x a week for six weeks. I think that would be a good starting point.
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Re: I want to gain mass, but I lead a cardio intensive lifes

Postby ultraspontane » Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:41 am

I'm six pounds heavier than when I started...
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Re: I want to gain mass, but I lead a cardio intensive lifes

Postby baldy » Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:02 am

ultraspontane wrote:I'm six pounds heavier than when I started...

Result, that is an awesome KB video guy looks strong!
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Re: I want to gain mass, but I lead a cardio intensive lifes

Postby ultraspontane » Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:38 am

Com berry is good for potions.
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Re: I want to gain mass, but I lead a cardio intensive lifes

Postby powerlifer » Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:01 pm

Aslong as you factor in the calories you are expending for your cardio then i see no reason why you couldn't bulk up to the goal you desire. As you haven't done any weight training you will make some gains naturally as your body adapts.

Well done on the increased weight :).
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Re: I want to gain mass, but I lead a cardio intensive lifes

Postby ultraspontane » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:54 am

Another update. Weighed in at 185.2 lbs today. Feeling better than ever. I'm definitely hooked now.

I've gotten much better at blasting through the kettlebell circuit with intensity. I'm going to have to switch up the movements soon so things don't stagnate. Time to start practicing some of the more challenging kettlebell maneuvers. I'd like to keep the circuit format though. I really love the strength training/cardio blast combination that it provides.
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