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wodenbunny

A really big part of gaining muscle is eating enough. I'm not saying you should aim for a 3,000+ Kcal a day diet, but making sure you're in a calorie surplus not only gives your body enough fuel to build muscle, but informs your body that it's ok to spend energy on it. I personally have a whey based protein shake with a serving of creatine (creatine is not necessary) every morning whether I'm working out or not. Also, you may find drinking a caffeinated drink about 15 minutes before lifting helps get you through your workout. A bit farther down the road, you may want to look into getting a pre workout. Though not at all necessary, they help with increased endurance and focus. I'd highly recommend staying away from high stim formulas (like C4 and LD50) as they tend to focus on giving you a ludicrously large dose of caffeine and nothing else.


XDeimosXV

My advice would be to focus on bullet proofing your body before an injury occurs which will also mean you have a solid foundation to build from. Im not a gym guy ive just watched a lot about it mainly. Bullet proofing as in build your shoulders, back, knees, ankles, wrists, etc and then move on to pushing big weight. If you're wanting to use supplements all you really need is some kind of whey protein theres different types may want to look up which is best. As far as a workout routine do what works for you tons of different workouts to pick from and hypertrophy (moderate workouts) would be better probably balance strength building with endurance versus low reps high weight youd be strong yea but your body would get burnt out quickly which could lead to injuries. Theres guys that take 0 days off and theres guys that never push themselves too far just figure out what you like so you dont burn yourself out


KARMAWHORING_SHITBAY

Don’t overcomplicate things. Over complication of your routine leads to a lapse in following as it becomes difficult for you to stay consistent. As a beginner, you will get stronger doing almost anything in the gym, so in my opinion it is better to keep it simple than to do all these different routines. That being said, I reccomend you focus on the big 3 - deadlift, squat, bench. Swap them around and add in other exercises such as bent over barbell rows or t bar rows and overhead press if you have extra time. You should be able to increase your weight by 5 pounds a week minimum on each of these lifts except bench and OHP. The constant progression and improvement you will see from keeping it simple is important for getting to the intermediate lifter stage. After you’ve been lifting like this simply for a year you can start to do more specific routines to touch up parts of your physique that may be lacking.


Answer_Inevitable

I really appreciate this. I've been keeping track of my weights and adding 5 each week and I've made really good progress on bench at least, gone up from 10-15 to 35's. I know this is only "newbie gains" and I wont see insane progress like this in the future. I will try and not overcomplicate things. Again thank you.


KARMAWHORING_SHITBAY

You’re doing great and I’m proud of you.


therealfatmike

Make sure to get enough protein and complex carbs, you can't gain muscle without it.


goingmerry604

Do it all. Hypertrophy and strength are both good. You can also train for explosiveness, strength, etc. Whatever your goals are, your training and methodology should match it. Strength is pretty important early on though. Your nutrition is important too, and you won't make meaningful gains if you're not eating enough protein and eating healthy. When I started, I did something in the middle for general conditioning and martial arts: 3x10, 4x8 or 5x5. Mix it up so you don't plateau too quickly. Eat around 1.5g of protein per kg you are (some might say more or less depending on your goals). I like athlean x's videos nowadays. Don't need to make things too complicated to start.


Answer_Inevitable

Thank you. I find it really hard to eat and consume all the protein I need since I'm naturally a pretty skinny kid. But keeping consistent in MyFitnessPal has made it easier to keep count of my calories and make sure I get my protein.


goingmerry604

Nice. I was a skinny kid too / ectomorphic body type, but protein powder made it so much more bearable for me. People will tend to get heavier as they get older too, so don't feel too rush to sprint to your weight goal. I think I was 120lbs at 18yo and now I'm naturally 150lbs at 32yo. Good luck man! You look like you're doing fantastic. I'm still learning so much even to this day, so yeah it's quite overwhelming to start. Working out can get super sciency as hell, but it can also be as simple as lift more and lift heavy (but lift safely). Cheers man


therealfatmike

It all depends on what your goals are, why are you working out?


Answer_Inevitable

I really want to be stronger and more confident. I've always been skinny and on the shorter side. My last growth spurt was in 7th grade and now I'm 17 and a senior. I see a lot of people I used to know just all of a sudden be much taller and more grown than me. My best friend has a whole beard and I just have thin weird chin hair and a shitty mustache. I think I'm just spouting off at this point but in the end I just want to be a strong reliable dude.