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    jim stoppani's shortcut to size


    opinions?

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/shortcut-to-size.html

    been going to the gym on/off for ~5years, & plateau every time...finally got into going 5x/week, & looking to get bigger before getting married by next year (?)

    stats: 6', late 20's, 138lbs, really low body fat

    issues: eating - I have a tough time organizing and being consistent with good food...I'm just going to follow the nutrition video on his site

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    I've been following the alpha plan from the book Man 2.0; engineering the alpha. Intermittent fasting with their workout plan has helped me focus more in the gym. This month I've slacked a little but I'm otherwise happy with the changes.

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    If you're 6ft and 138lb while working out, it sounds like you're spending too much time focusing on eating good. The result is that you don't eat enough. Something is better than nothing if you're staying that light and the cholesterol's in check. Consider some post-workout big macs. Seriously. Or protein supplements.

    Any chance you run marathons in your spare time? Reel in the cardio until you can develop a habit of eating more. Otherwise it's sabotage.

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    Lift big. Eat big. Sleep big.

    If you aren't getting the size you want you are slacking in one of those areas. Plain and simple.

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    Quote Originally Posted by aldend123 View Post
    If you're 6ft and 138lb while working out, it sounds like you're spending too much time focusing on eating good. The result is that you don't eat enough.
    Or maybe he's just built like a twig.
    Had a friend in college that ate like a frikkin horse... Had the unlimited meal plan at the caf & ate 4-5 big meals a day. He was just about as tall, but skinnier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    Or maybe he's just built like a twig.
    Had a friend in college that ate like a frikkin horse... Had the unlimited meal plan at the caf & ate 4-5 big meals a day. He was just about as tall, but skinnier.
    Still not enough.

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    Or maybe he's just built like a twig.
    Had a friend in college that ate like a frikkin horse... Had the unlimited meal plan at the caf & ate 4-5 big meals a day. He was just about as tall, but skinnier.
    I was that way until last year...

    Then my leathers shrank.

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    Buy a house and get a puppy. You'll gain weight in no time.

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas View Post
    Lift big. Eat big. Sleep big.

    If you aren't getting the size you want you are slacking in one of those areas. Plain and simple.
    did this, plateau'd every time

    everybody's body is different and react to diet and exercise stimuli differently...eating a lot just didn't get me fat or big, I just pooped more

    this time I'm not eating as many crappy foods, and using a microcycle lifting regime

    tried a personal trainer...he wanted $260/week...so $1,000+/month, and all he did was give me diet info and lifting regime's you can find online

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    Then don't bother and just accept the fact that you are "built like a twig" and aren't capable of putting on mass. Which is complete BS.

    This is flawed from the very title of the thread. There are no short cuts. It's called bodyBUILDING for a reason. You don't put that shit on over night. Nor do you in 3 months.

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas View Post
    Then don't bother and just accept the fact that you are "built like a twig" and aren't capable of putting on mass. Which is complete BS.

    This is flawed from the very title of the thread. There are no short cuts. It's called bodyBUILDING for a reason. You don't put that shit on over night. Nor do you in 3 months.
    Yeah, there's no such thing as different body types. We're all built exactly the same, have the same structure, body chemestry and metabolism. Anyone that walks this planet can look like Conan the Barbarian if they wanted to. The same eating habbits and work out plan that works for one person will work for everyone. If you're not getting results then you're just not trying hard enough.

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    No shortcuts is correct. Your body works in cycles. 2 weeks, 6 months, a year. Your body may react to a diet change in 2 weeks, but it really doesn't believe you have changed for 6 months, or even a year. So what ever you change has to be consistent long term.

    You can't poop out calories, so the weight WILL pile on, but you need to up your count LONG TERM.

    Look up how the sumo wrestlers in japan do it. They have a whole regimen of eating rice before resting to pile on fat.

    If you want muscle you need 100g of protien a day for 6 months plus a basic routine. Nothing fancy. Limit cardio or long workouts though as they will burn up those calories without adding any muscle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    Yeah, there's no such thing as different body types. We're all built exactly the same, have the same structure, body chemestry and metabolism. Anyone that walks this planet can look like Conan the Barbarian if they wanted to. The same eating habbits and work out plan that works for one person will work for everyone. If you're not getting results then you're just not trying hard enough.
    He already explained in his fist post that eating is an issue. I don't think people understand what eating big truly means. He doesn't need a nutritional plan if he has a slender body type. He should be eating everything in sight.

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    He's got the same issue I had, high metabolism, low efficiency digestive tract. Eat more, you just dump out more. The problem isn't the calorie count, it's getting it to sit in the chamber long enough to get taken up by the body.

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas View Post
    Lift big. Eat big. Sleep big.

    If you aren't getting the size you want you are slacking in one of those areas. Plain and simple.
    This.

    First, start counting your calories, what you're eating now. I use a program called "Diet analysis plus" that was from a college friend's nutrition textbook, but there's tons of calorie calculators online. Start measuring out your food for a week and keep track of everything. This gives you a baseline for how many calories you're consuming daily. This is your maintenance caloric level, which if you eat this number of calories you neither gain nor lose weight. To gain weight at a rate of 1lb per week, you need to increase this by 500 calories a day. To lose weight you decrease this number by 500 calories. If you're doing a lot of cardio, stop. Do it maybe once a week to keep your endurance up, but otherwise you're just burning more calories which you would need to eat extra to make up for.

    At 6' 138lbs with really low bodyfat, you shouldn't be concerned too much about where the calories come from. Don't worry about trying to eat real lean cuts of meat. Go for whole milk instead of skim, etc. Full-fat mayo instead of low-fat. My best investment for gaining size has been a $10 coffee grinder. If you make a protein shake, grind up a cup of oatmeal and mix that in with it. There's an extra 300 calories.

    Wat I've found is really helpful is to cook up a ton of food for the week on weekends. On Sundays, I'd make a box of pasta, cook up a few pounds of burger patties, a few pounds of chicken, a few cups of brown rice, mix up a few cans of tuna salad. That way I'd have all my food prepared for the week. For lunch, I'd cut up a burger patty and mix that in with the pasta and some sauce. Dinner would be a chicken breast with a cup of rice. Tuna sandwich with a dozen almonds for an afternoon snack. This way you're getting a consistent number of calories each day, and if you're still not gaining weight, you can increase meals accordingly.

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    Don't expect to gain muscle and stay ripped at the same time. It has to be bulk up, shred, rinse, repeat. And be realistic about your goals. Be happy if you gain 15 lbs but expect to lose 10 of that when you shred.

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    Gotta ask, why the need to 'bulk up'? At 135lbs I had killer leg and back strength. My only problem area was upper back and chest which led to carpal tunnel but I'm more balanced on that front now thanks to targeted PT. You can hide a lot of strength and endurance in that small a package.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    He's got the same issue I had, high metabolism, low efficiency digestive tract. Eat more, you just dump out more. The problem isn't the calorie count, it's getting it to sit in the chamber long enough to get taken up by the body.
    You may wanna try feeder workouts. Say I do chest and tris. . .the next day I'm doing tons of push-ups at home to keep blood pumping into those muscles to continue to feed them more nutrients.

    Creatine helps too lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas View Post
    I don't think people understand what eating big truly means. He doesn't need a nutritional plan if he has a slender body type. He should be eating everything in sight.
    This guy knows whats up.

    I was always the skinny kid growing up, more skinnyfat than ripped though. When I first started lifting I was about 140 lbs. I'm around 190 now, but I think the highest I got up to was about 209. I've always had a real fast metabolism, needing to eat a ton to gain weight. Yeah, it sucks and gets expensive, but that's what it takes. Also, as you gain more muscle, your maintenance calorie levels go up, so you need to eat even more to keep getting bigger.

    To get from around 200 to 209, I was eating about 4600-4700 calories per day. Seriously. That's like 7 big meals a day. It gets to be a pain needing to keep eating every couple hours even when you're not hungry. Lately I've been maintaining or even losing a little weight at around 3300 calories per day, which is still more than most people eat in a day. I read once "there's no such thing as a hard-gainer, only under-eaters". Sucks, but true.

    Also, supplements like creatine and such will only help you if your diet/nutrition is in order. Otherwise, you're just wasting money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas View Post
    You may wanna try feeder workouts. Say I do chest and tris. . .the next day I'm doing tons of push-ups at home to keep blood pumping into those muscles to continue to feed them more nutrients.

    Creatine helps too lol.
    Oddly, once I turned 35, I no longer have this problem... now I'm trying to watch my sugar intake and eyeing exercise equipment for my basement to chase some extra insulation away.

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    Metabolism turn off on you or ?

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    Re: jim stoppani's shortcut to size

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas View Post
    Metabolism turn off on you or ?
    Did for me.

    Ask most people here who have eaten with me a few years back. I'd consume, consume, consume. High fat, high protein, high carbs. Eat more than most people pushing 300lbs. Couldn't gain anything. I was 130lbs for years. In the last 3 years I finally got into the 150 range. Don't eat as much anymore either.

    I imagine now I could gain muscle vs previously like Bhavesh when there was just no way. Even doing manual labor at work, hard labor (stacking cases of beer on pallets) while eating that much did nothing more than tone up what I had. Hypoglycemic to the point of drinking a single Red Bull without a real meal at the Classic one year and had heart palpitations for two weeks.

    Some people aren't built the same way as others, that's all there is to it. Just so happens I can do virtually nothing and stay looking great

    It's tough not being able to gain, but I'll take this over the alternative any day.

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    Yeah I was 135ish in highschool, 145-155 in college & stayed that way for years no matter what I ate.

    These days I shoot for 165 during race season..... Less than a month after the last race weekend & I'm 173 as of this AM

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    Forget to trim your goatee?

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