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  • Posted On: 05-14-18, 3:32 pm (EDT) #1

    Skinny Fat/ Hard Gainer looking for advice

    May 14, 2018, 3:32 pm

    I am a 28 year old male, about 160lbs, 5'11.  I've been trying to get into fitness for a couple years not but have just recently hunkered down and actually started paying more attention to my diet, posture, and routine. My meal plan isnt 100% yet but I am eating healthy meal preps everyday to avoid grabbing something quick while at work, Ive cut out most sugars and all soda and candy.  I would work out every day and I would work out very hard but was seeing absolutely no changes in my body. 

     

    I guess what Im looking for is exactly what type of routine should I be doing? I viewed the Push-A video and did that today and really felt good afterwards, good as in I really felt I went hard and left it all on the bench. As someone who is skinny fat and a hardgainer should I stick with this split? I guess the rest of the program is here on the website with the premium membership?  As a HG/SF and if I do this split should I be working out 6 times a week or should I be doing every other day? There is a ton of information out there and I just want to make sure I'm not confusing something for more advanced lifters. 

     

    Also Im lactose intolerant so I make my shakes with lactaid. I notice this has 12G of sugar per cup. Is this acceptable or should I be looking into alternatives?

     

    Thanks!

  • Posted On: 05-14-18, 7:03 pm (EDT) #2

    Skinny Fat/ Hard Gainer looking for advice

    May 14, 2018, 7:03 pm
    Posted by: faist89

    I am a 28 year old male, about 160lbs, 5'11.  I've been trying to get into fitness for a couple years not but have just recently hunkered down and actually started paying more attention to my diet, posture, and routine. My meal plan isnt 100% yet but I am eating healthy meal preps everyday to avoid grabbing something quick while at work, Ive cut out most sugars and all soda and candy.  I would work out every day and I would work out very hard but was seeing absolutely no changes in my body. 

     

    I guess what Im looking for is exactly what type of routine should I be doing? I viewed the Push-A video and did that today and really felt good afterwards, good as in I really felt I went hard and left it all on the bench. As someone who is skinny fat and a hardgainer should I stick with this split? I guess the rest of the program is here on the website with the premium membership?  As a HG/SF and if I do this split should I be working out 6 times a week or should I be doing every other day? There is a ton of information out there and I just want to make sure I'm not confusing something for more advanced lifters. 

     

    Also Im lactose intolerant so I make my shakes with lactaid. I notice this has 12G of sugar per cup. Is this acceptable or should I be looking into alternatives?

     

    Thanks!

    Hey @faist89! You do need to get your @mealplan in order ASAP. If you aren't seeing results, that's probably the reason why.

     

    The PPL program is great for a beginner and yes, as long as you are in a surplus, it will help you build muscle and ideally lose fat with the circuits as well (doing something like carb cycling might help in that area too).

     

    The entire program is available with your PLATINUM membership, yes, and when you are on the main PPL program page, you'll see on the right hand side of the page that there is a link where you can download the calendar. That will show you what you need to do each week/month for the program. For example, it will start you off with workouts every other day so you can ease into more volume.

     

    The sugar in the lactaid might not be the best, but as long as you don't have tons of refined sugar, you should be OK.

  • Posted On: 05-14-18, 7:47 pm (EDT) #3

    Skinny Fat/ Hard Gainer looking for advice

    May 14, 2018, 7:47 pm

    Yeah definitely @scott_herman. I just ROUGHLY calculated my calorie intake of what Im currently taking to work and eating for dinner and Im only at about half of what was recommended in the meal plan calculator.

     

    My Struggle is breakfast. I need to find something I can take on the go. I am up very early for work and can't do a shake because my job has me away from a bathroom for upwards of 3 hours. I can not stand the texture of oatmeal but I might have to try some things with it lol.

     

    Im in the meal prep area of the site now but looks like some site upgrades are going on. Bad timing on me lol.

     

    Well this is surely going to be a struggle but Im up for the challenge. I have a tough time finishing some meals now so I can only imagine having to add to and essentially double up on what Im currently eating.

     

    I have cut out all sugars besides the milk and whatever happens to be in my protein bar. I kind of just grab one at the local mini mart and never really think about. Need to check out the shop here for some. I suppose I can give almond or soy milk a try.

  • Posted On: 05-14-18, 10:30 pm (EDT) #4

    Skinny Fat/ Hard Gainer looking for advice

    May 14, 2018, 10:30 pm

    You could add some fruit to your oatmeal, maybe some peanut butter, some Greek yoghurt even.

     

    You don't HAVE to have breakfast if it's too much trouble to fit it.. it just means your other meals later in the day need to have more calories in them, or you need to snack more later in the day.

     

    Shakes will make calories easier to get down, as long as you are making most of them with whole food. If you really, REALLY can't get all the calories you need daily from food though, you might want to look into a mass gainer. Just try not to rely on it too much.

  • Posted On: 05-17-18, 8:01 am (EDT) #5

    Skinny Fat/ Hard Gainer looking for advice

    May 17, 2018, 8:01 am

    @scott_hermann do you have a recommendation for a replacement of the lat pulldown? I've got a decently equipped home gym but I have no cable machines and I didn't want to sign up for another gym somewhere since I've already joined one being built very close to home. Looking for something to do in the mean time until they open.

  • Posted On: 05-18-18, 12:36 am (EDT) #6

    Skinny Fat/ Hard Gainer looking for advice

    May 18, 2018, 12:36 am
    Posted by: faist89

    @scott_hermann do you have a recommendation for a replacement of the lat pulldown? I've got a decently equipped home gym but I have no cable machines and I didn't want to sign up for another gym somewhere since I've already joined one being built very close to home. Looking for something to do in the mean time until they open.

    Do you have a pull-up bar? If not, try something like pendlay rows instead to hit the lats super hard!

  • Posted On: 05-18-18, 7:28 am (EDT) #7

    Skinny Fat/ Hard Gainer looking for advice

    May 18, 2018, 7:28 am

    I do have a pull up bar I don't know why I didn't think of that lol. Thanks I'll check out the pendlay rows as well!

     

    Loving the PPL program so far. I can really feel those push days. Pull didn't hit me to bad this week. I was feeling very run down so maybe I just didn't hit it hard enough but I'm excited to start the second week.

  • Posted On: 05-18-18, 7:17 pm (EDT) #8

    Skinny Fat/ Hard Gainer looking for advice

    May 18, 2018, 7:17 pm
    Posted by: faist89

    I do have a pull up bar I don't know why I didn't think of that lol. Thanks I'll check out the pendlay rows as well!

     

    Loving the PPL program so far. I can really feel those push days. Pull didn't hit me to bad this week. I was feeling very run down so maybe I just didn't hit it hard enough but I'm excited to start the second week.

    Great!! So glad you are enjoying the program too @faist89. Make sure you are getting enough sleep at night and the @mealplan is on point to keep those energy levels as high as possible 😁 💪 

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