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    Hi i want to gain weight (muscle) and was wondering how i could use science to make it easier and faster


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    Exercise and a high protein diet are probably your safest option, there are various 'faster' alternatives to create extra muscle mass however each are accompanied by some serious side effects and would present a long term health risk. For this reason it would be irresponsible of me to suggest any.


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    Read up credible sources by published authors or physicians who are exercise specialist such:
    How Do Muscles Grow?
    The US military has a few excellent exercise references that are well supported by exercise sciences and decades of research and data. Look up FM 7-22 for example.

    Be wary of the huge amounts of pseudoscience on the internet, infomercials and the like that reside in local gyms--the guys making half their calories protein shakes and whatnot.
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    Some general advise though...low reps, high load every other day combined with stretching and normal (3-6 oz) helping of a meat once or twice a day will get you there. Create a plan, record your workouts and don't be afraid to take a day or two of or do an alternative exercise at the first sign of an overuse injury.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QB-bret View Post
    Hi i want to gain weight (muscle) and was wondering how i could use science to make it easier and faster
    If you are a member of a gym, you might be able to find a personal trainer to get you off to a good start.

    What Ascended didn't want to come out and say was to leave the steroids alone. They will help you build muscle faster, but they have been known to cause problems with your love life and lead to cancers much earlier in your life. It's gambling with your life and getting caught at it gets you a lot of bad press.
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    Get pregnant! I recommend a high protein/high calorie diet. Nothing extreme, but more than you are currently taking in. Do low rep-high weight lifting, as well as some aerobics. I wouldn't recommend creatine supplements, or even protein shakes if you can find the nutrition via meat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
    If you are a member of a gym, you might be able to find a personal trainer to get you off to a good start.
    Be careful though. A good percentage of fitness trainers might motivate folks but are pseudo scientific whack jobs that will have folks wasting money on supplements they don't need. Do some serious questioning about their credentials and training and ideas to find out those that will actually help.
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    use science to make it easier and faster
    You should also use science to ensure that you're not causing your body as much or more harm as the benefit you're hoping to gain.

    Weight training to build particular muscles or to demonstrate their strength can be useful, but can also cause long-term, permanent damage. One person I was talking to on Xmas Day mentioned that when he went to his orthopaedic surgeon, following up on his recovery from a broken collarbone, he mentioned a problem with a particular joint. (I forget which joint.) The surgeon's instant response was "So you've done a lot of weights?"

    Oh dear. He'd already had to acknowledge that his ruined knees were a direct consequence of his running training. Now he had to admit that he'd wrecked a significant portion of his upper body by his other "fitness" choices. He was extremely fit for a couple of decades. He'll have to pay for those years with even more decades of pain and limited activity. He wasn't remotely a gymnast or other Olympic athlete nor a ballet dancer but he'll be paying a similar price to what happens to those people when they eventually give it up.

    Check everything out carefully. Most importantly, don't be in a rush. And don't walk, run! away from anyone who pushes the no pain, no gain nonsense at you.
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