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Sample Bodybuilding Diet For Males With A Fast Metabolism (Hardgainer)

Meal 1 (First thing in the morning)
1-1/2 cups of dry oats mixed with water
1 banana
10 egg whites
Supplements: Multiple Vitamins/Minerals, Vitamin C (1000 mg)

Meal 2 (Between 9-9:30am as you change classes)
Lean Body Mass 60 (2 scoops) mixed with 16 ounces of skim milk and 1 Tablespoon of Flax Oil
1 Piece of Fruit (Optional)

Meal 3 (12 Noon)
1-1/2 cup of brown rice, or medium sized baked potato, or sweet potato
2 cups of green beans, broccoli or any other desired vegetable
6-8 ounces of chicken, turkey, or lean fish
Supplements: Vitamin C (1000 mg)

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Definition of a Hardgainer

The popular definition of a hardgainer is a person that works out hard with weights but has a hard time putting on muscle. Six weeks of working out can go by and no significant changes in muscle size are noted other than perhaps a bit of an increase in muscle tone. According to this popular definition of a hardgainer, all of us are “hardgainers” because for the most part, putting on muscle is not an easy endeavor. The easiest period to gain muscle is during puberty. After that, gaining muscle becomes progressively harder as we age due to the fact that hormonal production starts declining between the ages of 25 and 30. [Read more…]

Mass Building Training Principles For Hardgainers

There are many mass building training principles that hardgainers need to follow in order to get results from their bodybuilding training routines. Because of the hardgainer’s fast metabolic rate, not all bodybuilding routines are suitable for this type.

Hardgainers’ Training Principles

Sessions should be short: 60 minutes maximum. The maximum amount of time a weight training session should last is 60 minutes. After 60 minutes the levels of muscle building hormones like growth hormone and testosterone begin to drop. In addition, the stored carbohydrates in your muscle cells and liver, glycogen, which is the fuel that your muscles use to contract, is depleted. If you weight train more than 60 minutes you will actually be wasting your time since you will no longer have the hormones or the fuel necessary to produce muscle growth. Continue to train past 60 minutes and you will get impaired recovery which leads to overtraining, a condition where your body does not recover from its weight training sessions. This leads to loss of strength and muscle mass.

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