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CoryAnnAvants#1
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:45 PM
I play tournaments and matches regularly and I should play #1 on my team this year, but I feel like my build is becoming a hinderance. I was playing practice matches against the #1's from other schools and our shots were basically equal, but they were bigger and stronger than me. I'm 5'9" and 130 something, so this does not help in the least bit. I actually eat quite a lot, but I can't put on any weight. I decided this year I'm going to go all out and try to put on 20-25 pounds by September. How do I go about this? I just got membership to a gym so I do just live there and eat tons of bread and pasta? What's the best way to go about this? I never had a problem with my build before, but like I said it's becoming a hinderance in tennis. Any help would be great..thanks!

Gowza
Mar 17th, 2003, 12:29 AM
sorry can't help you but i have the same problem so i thought i'd come in and have a look see.

geewhiz
Mar 17th, 2003, 12:41 AM
You might just be growing, and if that's the case you certainly shouldn't "live in the gym" as over-exercising when you are growing could lead to all kinds of problems (although working out would obviously help). In addition to carbs from bread, pasta, etc, you should also increase the protein in your diet. I'm not an expert in this but I seem to remember that people who want to bulk up eat things like eggs and chicken (as long as you aren't a veggie), and there are supplements you can take too, although I don't know how safe they are. Good luck! :)

Gowza
Mar 17th, 2003, 01:10 AM
i have been told that people wanting to bulk up don't eat many carbs but then for an athlete that could cause a problem as we need it.

mboyle
Mar 17th, 2003, 01:23 AM
I have the same problem;) ! (except I am probably worse:o ) 5'6" and 105:o :sad: (now I can go hide)

BK4ever
Mar 17th, 2003, 01:31 AM
You need to increase your calories while maintaining your same level of cardio. Add more carb to your diet, like pasta, breads, certain veggies and meat.

Bella
Mar 17th, 2003, 01:36 AM
Ice cream.
Ribs.

Works for me.

Of course, I don't want the weight, so I have to keep these two to a minimum.

Pizza works, too, although I can get a lot more gain from the top two. How many root beer floats can you eat in day?

disposablehero
Mar 17th, 2003, 02:44 AM
My advice, lots of fruit juices (simple carbs), lots of pasta (complex carbs) and lots and lots of meat (protein). If you weigh 130-140, I'd recommend at least 90 grams of protein per day. Hit the weights hard, with your legs being the #1 priority. They will help everything else grow. At your age, you should be able to work each body part every 6 days. Try 5 or 7 day cycles if you like, but nothing longer and nothing shorter.

~ The Leopard ~
Mar 17th, 2003, 08:42 AM
If you really want to bulk up, you eat a light carbohydrate meal such as pasta *before* you work out. Give it some time to digest and it'll give you energy.

Then do your routine for the day (upper body/lower body/whatever).

You then eat a large protein-heavy (but low-fat) meal *after* your workout. This will build muscle, as your muscles recover from what you've done to them. Go for very lean meat if it is available, or skinless chicken, or maybe some fish. Go easy on cheese coz it has a lot of fat.

As you get older, though, monitor what effect this is having. You don't want to be massively muscled but creaking with uric acid...with an attack of gout or kidney stones waiting to happen. :devil:

hingis-seles
Mar 17th, 2003, 10:23 AM
I'm 19, 6' and only 122 pounds.:sad:

I need to gain weight BADLY as well. I go to the gym 6 times a week, but my workouts do not last more than 45 minutes.

I come home and have a shake. I put 2 eggs, 3 bananas and 0.5 kg of milk in a blender and make a shake. It makes 2 glasses.

The Guilty
Mar 17th, 2003, 10:54 AM
I have the same problem;) ! (except I am probably worse:o ) 5'6" and 105:o :sad: (now I can go hide)

You have exactly the same weight and height as me. :eek: But I am still growing.

It's very frustrating to be so thin, I eat a lot but that doesn't reflect in my weight. :sad:

I know how you feel mboyle, but don't worry too much about that. ;)

Rtael
Mar 17th, 2003, 11:22 AM
I wish I could trade places with nay of you... =(

salima
Mar 17th, 2003, 11:38 AM
the best advice i can give you: Forget it, don`t even think about it before you consult someone who knows a lot, a lot of nutrition. How old are you, are you male or female? by being light you have advantages, and when you put up weight, hopefully by getting muscels, your teknique would suffer for a while.

please consult a well educated coach ( not nessecerily a former good player) or an expert in nutrition, they could put up a scedule for you, but probably they will tell you to keep up playing and don`t worry about how everyone else is looking :)
Remember everytime YOU are beating someone, the other one thinks, oh, I wish I could be like Bradshaw ;) ;) ;)

mboyle
Mar 17th, 2003, 01:15 PM
You have exactly the same weight and height as me. :eek: But I am still growing.

It's very frustrating to be so thin, I eat a lot but that doesn't reflect in my weight. :sad:

I know how you feel mboyle, but don't worry too much about that. ;)
Well I am 14, so yeah, i am still growing too, but I don't worry about it too much. Hey, it makes having a six pack easy:angel: !

hingis-seles
Mar 17th, 2003, 03:34 PM
Eat Eat Eat!!!

MarcusRock
Mar 17th, 2003, 03:34 PM
Ice cream.
Ribs.

Works for me.

Of course, I don't want the weight, so I have to keep these two to a minimum.

Pizza works, too, although I can get a lot more gain from the top two. How many root beer floats can you eat in day?Ice Cream and Ribs - the dessert and dinner of champions.

Leena
Mar 17th, 2003, 03:57 PM
Like salima said, consult someone who's learned on nutrition... asking us is pointless, because everyone's body is different, and we're idiots.

I'm a decent weight, 6'2 156 lbs. Female... and I don't lift weights at all. The one time I did, I sprained my wrist and ruptured my Achilles (not fun) in a month span... probably due to over straining myself, causing my body to be less flexible.

Also, strength isn't the most important thing to have to hit the ball with power... it's how you hit the ball that is most important.