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I've been thinking about working out and stuff...because I'm rediculously skinny.

Anyway, I'm 6'4", 165 lbs. I'm looking to bulk up a bit. I'm looking for advice on how to go about this. I need to get on a good diet (I'm a vegeterian, so it's hard to get protien). And I need help getting a workout plan.

How long will it take to start showing some muscle and looking a little better? I'm not good at long term commitments, so I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do this, but any advice will be greatly appreciated.
 

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If you eat eggs and dairy then protein is no problem but if you don't then I guess you could take a soy protein supplement or other vegetable based protein supplement. I don't think it really takes all that much extra protein to build muscle at least that's been my experience. I've gained muscle without taking large amounts of protein. While making the best gains in muscle I was taking just two scoops of designer whey a day plus 1/2 cup of milk and some carb supplement and a cup of rice milk and my regular diet which doesn't include large amounts of protein.

I think ectomorphs like me should only train each muscle once a week at the most. Start off with really light weights or else you will get extremely sore muscles in the beginning. A couple sets of each exercise is all. I make the best gains in muscle doing about 10 sets each exercise but that's not for a beginner and I only do for a couple months out of the year otherwise I only do 1-3 sets usually I don't go over 10 reps each set.
 
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Your muscles will begin to develop right away, I'm not sure how long it takes before you notice a difference. Keep in mind that if you use the same workout and same lifts the same, your body will quickly adjust to it and stop gaining, hitting a plateau. It's best if you vary your workouts and lifts each week.
 

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Cool...That gives me some ideas of what I need to do. I went to the gym at school and made an appointment with a trainer there, so he should be able to help me out.

Thanks for the advice guys.
 

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If you're going to lift weights do only a few slow repetitions instead of a bunch of fast ones.
 

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Mark said:
Stop being a vegeterian.
Hello... that's almost like telling someone to stop being American or to stop making music. Vegetarianism is a part of our identity, for some of us anyway.

You need to educate yourself if you think vegetarianism is unhealthy in any way.
 

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bellicose said:
Hello... that's almost like telling someone to stop being American or to stop making music. Vegetarianism is a part of our identity, for some of us anyway.

You need to educate yourself if you think vegetarianism is unhealthy in any way.
I was just going to ignore the comment, but thanks. I'll never stop being a vegetarian, especially not for something as superficial as gaining weight.
 

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Get some of this:

http://www.mdausa.org/research/050225myostatin.html

Myostatin blockers prevent the action of Myostatin. This causes insulin growth factor one to collect in muscle tissue. IGF-1 is normally only released when muscles are strained such as they are after a strenous weighlifting exercise. Just to give you an idea of the power of an effective Myostatin blocker just look at the pictures of the Belgian Blue cow which due to genetic mutation naturally cannot produce Myostatin.



A child was also recently born in Germany who lacks the Myostatin gene. He's a few years old and already as buff as Arnold Schwarzenegger.



Essentially our body only reduces the amount of muscle we have to save energy. Now that we are in modern times and can eat as much as we like this really isn't necassary anymore. We can maintain all the muscle we want! There are of course health concerns but they could be largely solved by doing local treatment instead of germline treatment.
 

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Mark said:
No no, he said he had trouble getting protein being a vegetarian. I was only pointing out an obvious way he could gain weight. Was more of an insult to eating junk rather then vegetables I think. Eat meat; gain muscle, fat, AND corroded arteries lol. I only wish I could be more of a vegetarian.

But seriously, if you don't eat balanced meals you will probably need suppliments. Whatever is lacking.
Ok, it just seemed a little insulting with the first comment. Just one of those internet misunderstandings I guess.
 

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Gumaro said:
youre limiting yourself by being a vegetarian. meat is good for you :)
Really, I don't care how good it is for you. I have a religious and moral obligation not to eat meat. Most vegetarians are not vegetarians to be healthy.
 
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