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A Hardgainer Guide To Weight Gain and Muscle Building

A Complete Cycle to Gaining Weight and Bulking Up - For Almost Anyone (Part 1)

That's right! Here's a guide that's gonna help just about anyone put on a few good pounds in a cycle's time - roughly 6 to 8 weeks. This bulking guide should work for almost anyone, because the ideas in it are very common sense, and if you're a hardgainer, then you definitely should read this guide in its entirety - and I'll bet you anything that you'll put on a few good pounds by the end of your next cycle. (I put on 8lbs in about 6 weeks time.)

Y'know, there's all these websites out there that's got all the "secrets" you need to gain weight, and break your plateaus... Well, I must be missing something, because at the most basic level, all you need, to gain weight, simply put, is:

  1. Creating a caloric surplus - meaning you consume more calories than you burn
  2. Getting enough proteins - at least 1 to 1.5g per pound of body weight, aiming for 2g is even better
  3. Having a good workout program that will stimulate muscle growth without over training

There's your 3 fundamental guide lines to gaining weight.

If you don't already know from some of my other articles, I'm a hardgainer, and by all means, I am a pretty small guy - roughly 150ish right now. When I started weight training in high school, I was only 98 pounds. You'd think I was starved as a kid, but I eat more than most people - I just have very fast metabolism.

So, fellow hardgainers, you can gain weight! And even if you're not a hard gainer, you can still use this guide to help you bulk up. The focus of this guide will be on what supplements to use, obviously, that's what this whole site is about. But, as well, it will cover a bit on training and diet. Keep reading, and we'll get to how I run this cycle and what supplements I use, and we'll even talk a bit on how to handle acne breakouts.

What You Need To Gain Weight and Build Muscle

Before I get into what supplements to use, weight training, etc. I have to mention a few things. If you don't have these in place, then no matter how much money you spend on supplements, you're not going to put on any weight.

  1. You must have a good diet. I have to admit, this is one of my biggest shortcomings - I'm somewhat of a lazy ass when it comes to eating and dieting, but I try, and do manage to fine... most of the time. ;-)
  2. You must have a half decent workout program that will stimulate growth - I'm a firm believer in using heavy weights and low reps compared to lighter weights, and higher reps.
  3. Finally, you have to remember that supplements, are just supplements - you can never rely on supplements to make you grow, only you can. Using the right supplements will help you accomplish your goals, but you should never put all your hopes on a "magic pill". ;-) As always, there are loads of supplements out there that just doesn't work, but on this site, you will find reviews on those that do work - to very nice effects, I should add.

Caution for endomorphs (See body types here): if you have an endomorphic body, you should be cautious on the foods you eat, supplements you take, and the daily calories you take it. Your bodies process and burn calories at much slower rates.

Did you know: every pound of muscle you gain, will allow you to burn an extra 30 to 50 calories each day. This is good news for people who's trying to lose weight, but not so for our purpose of gaining weight. Ever wonder why you just stop gaining weight after the initial burst of growth? This is one of the reasons why. If you maintain your diet and caloric intake, your calorie surplus is no longer there, simply because of the extra muscle you've put on. So, accordingly, you need to adjust your diet and increase the amount of calories.

What This Weight Gain, Muscle Building Guide Covers

  • The main point we're gonna look at is supplement use. I will list exactly what I use.
  • Cover a little on training - doing compound lifts like deadlifts, squats, and bench press - and forget doing all the "sissy" exercises everyone else does.
  • How to deal with acne - we all hate it, but its a common problem, and I've finally found a solution that works... LOL, where have I heard that before? But seriously, I found a method to get rid of acne, and maybe it'll work for you too.

By the way, if you're new to supplements, then you should probably read my supplement guide for begginers.

Weight Gain Articles Index:

Weight Gain Guide Part 1 - Intro
Weight Gain Guide Part 2 - Creatine & Ribose
Weight Gain Guide Part 3 - Tribulus Terrestris, ZMA, and Dealing with Acne
Weight Gain Guide Part 4 - Protein Supplements, Weight Gainers, and Multi Vitamins
Weight Gain Guide Part 5 - Supplement Planning

Protein and Weight Gainers:

Creatine and Ribose

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