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  • sgarciac07
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    Originally posted by Serack View Post
    Enjoy life, train (in gym, and the classroom), eat, sleep.

    All important things

    Yer, 16. Finding confidence is what being that age is all about. Spending time training with a barbell is an awesome way to do that. Keep up the training and eat like a beast, and it won't be long before you walk up to 3 plates on each side of the bar and pick it up. Knowing you can impart your will on the world in such a fundamental way is quite the builder of confidence!
    Thanks man, I really appreciate your comments. I feel more confident now, you know.

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  • Serack
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    Enjoy life, train (in gym, and the classroom), eat, sleep.

    All important things

    Yer, 16. Finding confidence is what being that age is all about. Spending time training with a barbell is an awesome way to do that. Keep up the training and eat like a beast, and it won't be long before you walk up to 3 plates on each side of the bar and pick it up. Knowing you can impart your will on the world in such a fundamental way is quite the builder of confidence!

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  • sgarciac07
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    Originally posted by Serack View Post

    Emphasis on minimum. I've "bulked" at nearly 2lb/week, although looking back, at 35ish that probably wasn't the best plan. Also, I lost weight being inactive running up to basic training 15 years before that, and in the 10 weeks between my MEPS weigh in, and graduating basic training I gained 20lbs while running my ASS off.



    I don't think anyone here is bothered by your posting, to the contrary, we like the opportunity to give input, and see how it serves you.

    Not that there aren't moments of minor exasperation at percieved internet interaction superseding actual weight gain action.

    Well wishes,
    Serack
    PWard Thanks to both of you, I have to find confidence in my own decisions and modify things from there, you really helped me with your support, patience and consistence are the most important things to do.

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  • sgarciac07
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    Originally posted by PWard View Post
    No problem. Keep us posted with how things go. We're all cheering for you!
    I'll create a log in other forum so I can track my performance, thanks for all the support!

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  • Serack
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    Originally posted by PWard View Post
    sgarciac07 (I personally would recommend a minimum of at least 2lb per month)
    Emphasis on minimum. I've "bulked" at nearly 2lb/week, although looking back, at 35ish that probably wasn't the best plan. Also, I lost weight being inactive running up to basic training 15 years before that, and in the 10 weeks between my MEPS weigh in, and graduating basic training I gained 20lbs while running my ASS off.

    Originally posted by sgarciac07 View Post

    Hey thank you so much, I think that I'm losing the focus here, you made some things clear, I appreciatte your comment, I will do that and stop bothering around this forums with more topics like this.
    Thank you really
    I don't think anyone here is bothered by your posting, to the contrary, we like the opportunity to give input, and see how it serves you.

    Not that there aren't moments of minor exasperation at percieved internet interaction superseding actual weight gain action.

    Well wishes,
    Serack

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  • PWard
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    No problem. Keep us posted with how things go. We're all cheering for you!
    Last edited by PWard; 11-01-2018, 01:55 AM.

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  • sgarciac07
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    Originally posted by llaffin View Post

    This. Don't miss the forest for the trees - just gain weight at whatever pace you feel comfortable and enjoy your training, assess as you go along.
    Thank you aswell

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  • sgarciac07
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    Originally posted by PWard View Post
    sgarciac07 gain weight at the rate that is comfortable for you. What's important is simply that you gain weight over time while training. Just don't get paralysis by analysis and not do anything because you're not sure of the right speed. Guess what? None of us know exactly how your body will react either. The only way to find out is to gain weight for a few months and then see how it goes. These things are only clear in retrospect. At your age, you should get some really good results. Regardless of what happens though, you're going to learn a lot about your body in this gaining weight phase, and that's what is most important. Even if things don't go perfectly this time (they rarely do), you'll still learn some things to improve upon next time you do this. But you're right, there's no reason to stress about it. And you don't have to go to extremes. Generally I've found that in life the extreme way of doing things rarely is the right way. Just gain at a rate that is comfortable and acceptable to you (I personally would recommend a minimum of at least 2lb per month) and do that until you reach 160lb. Track your weight and waist measurement at least once a week through the process. Then we will have a lot of good data to work with and optimize in the future. At 16 especially, I would like to see training be something that adds to your life, not something that takes away from it. Don't be afraid to try some new things. Don't be afraid to make some mistakes. Things don't have to be perfect. Don't compare yourself against anyone other than the you of yesterday (especially avoid comparing yourself against people on the internet). Getting jacked and strong is not something that happens overnight. It comes from a long series of baby steps done consistently over a long period of time. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, that's really 90% of the battle right there, especially for someone that is new to training. We have decades ahead to worry about optimizing things if you want to go down that route. For now, just have fun with it, form some good life long habits, and gain at whatever rate is comfortable for you.
    Hey thank you so much, I think that I'm losing the focus here, you made some things clear, I appreciatte your comment, I will do that and stop bothering around this forums with more topics like this.
    Thank you really

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  • llaffin
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    Originally posted by PWard View Post
    gain weight at the rate that is comfortable for you. What's important is simply that you gain weight over time while training. Just don't get paralysis by analysis and not do anything because you're not sure of the right speed.
    This. Don't miss the forest for the trees - just gain weight at whatever pace you feel comfortable and enjoy your training, assess as you go along.

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  • PWard
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    sgarciac07 gain weight at the rate that is comfortable for you. What's important is simply that you gain weight over time while training. Just don't get paralysis by analysis and not do anything because you're not sure of the right speed. Guess what? None of us know exactly how your body will react either. The only way to find out is to gain weight for a few months and then see how it goes. These things are only clear in retrospect. At your age, you should get some really good results. Regardless of what happens though, you're going to learn a lot about your body in this gaining weight phase, and that's what is most important. Even if things don't go perfectly this time (they rarely do), you'll still learn some things to improve upon next time you do this. But you're right, there's no reason to stress about it. And you don't have to go to extremes. Generally I've found that in life the extreme way of doing things rarely is the right way. Just gain at a rate that is comfortable and acceptable to you (I personally would recommend a minimum of at least 2lb per month) and do that until you reach 160lb. Track your weight and waist measurement at least once a week through the process. Then we will have a lot of good data to work with and optimize in the future. At 16 especially, I would like to see training be something that adds to your life, not something that takes away from it. Don't be afraid to try some new things. Don't be afraid to make some mistakes. Things don't have to be perfect. Don't compare yourself against anyone other than the you of yesterday (especially avoid comparing yourself against people on the internet). Getting jacked and strong is not something that happens overnight. It comes from a long series of baby steps done consistently over a long period of time. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, that's really 90% of the battle right there, especially for someone that is new to training. We have decades ahead to worry about optimizing things if you want to go down that route. For now, just have fun with it, form some good life long habits, and gain at whatever rate is comfortable for you.
    Last edited by PWard; 11-01-2018, 12:55 AM.

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  • sgarciac07
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    Thanks all I think, as I said in the other forums I really want to gain weight, I want to stop being skinny, but as Fred said, many people tell me to gain a lot of weight in a short period of time, other people tell me the opposite, I'm still completely lost, I know I have to stop asking question to random people on the internet but it's just that I feel insecure modifyng things on my own, I think that I'll mess up everything or I won't do the most optimal thing. I don't want to convert training, something that I really like, into something that's stressing me out.
    But anyway thanks to all, it helps me to clear somethings, but all end with my decision and commitment.

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  • PWard
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    Last he left off, he said he was going to gain to 160 and reassess. That would definitely be a good first step. That's gaining 20lb. At that point I think he will have a better idea how his unique body partitions weight. Until we have that data, it's really all just conjecture. I hope he sticks to that plan and comes back and updates us on how it goes in the future.

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  • Serack
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    Although FredM 's #11.3 response ends slightly hyperbolisticly, his meaning is spot on. Speaking as someone that spent most of his life at your weight and height, who is now exactly his perscribed 4" larger in waist, and 35# more in weight, I wish I had his input 20 years ago.

    I wouldn't throw out the scale, but gaining SIGNIFICANT weight while training is more relevant to where you are now in life, than gaining weight in my aforementioned carefuly controlled manner.

    Oh, and although with a 33" waist I don't have a "6 pack," the Mrs. is VERY happy with how my abs look, and is even more fond* of the guns and buns that I didn't have when she married me.

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  • FredM
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    I'm not mocking him. I'm trying to make it clear there is no doubt he is underweight. And the Exodus threads didn't "beat him up." They gave him 400 contradictory answers because half the people there gained too much weight following Rip's advice and instead of listening to Sergio's actual situation, gave him advice as if he was them.

    I'm trying to help the kid. People keep telling him to track his waist line and his weight to closely monitor everything in case things go sideways on a bulk. I think that's terrible advice. Full stop. Like almost as bad as Rip's advice to overweight dudes to gain weight, which is ironically why so many people on these forums are triggered into an unhelpful response. He doesn't need to be scared into thinking he might get fat. He already thinks that, clearly.

    Sergio -- again -- you're really underweight and you're really young. You can gain 20 lbs in like 2 months and most likely still won't be "fat" unless you forget to train with barbells in those 2 months. Whether you gain 1 lb this week or 5 lbs, you shouldn't be too concerned. Weight gain is non-linear. Just have fun training, eating, and getting a lot stronger.

  • Leah Lutz
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    Agree with Pward. Remember what it was like to be 16? No need to mock someone for their size either and I'd consider that getting close to internet bullying. Something we don't need here. We can give people the hard truth without the "extras" added on.
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