Little Butch

Skinny beginner - Bulking

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I tore my ligament in my ankle about 9/10 ish months ago and no have limited movement in it when I lean forward if that makes sense.. When I'm squatting in front of a mirror I can see that my legs are in different places due to my ankle.. Really not sure what to do about this? I'm squatting 5x5 47.5kg on strong lifts at the moment.

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3 minutes ago, Little Butch said:

I tore my ligament in my ankle about 9/10 ish months ago and no have limited movement in it when I lean forward if that makes sense.. When I'm squatting in front of a mirror I can see that my legs are in different places due to my ankle.. Really not sure what to do about this? I'm squatting 5x5 47.5kg on strong lifts at the moment.

Videoing yourself would be a better plan than looking in a mirror. Using mirrors can mess your form up, particularly if you look sideways (and you need to look from the side as well as the front to check form).

I have no particular knowlegde regarding your sort of injury, so I'll mention the couple of things that occur to me but hopefully someone more knowledgeable will be along to help.

Are you doing exercises to improve ankle mobility? I would be concerned about squating asymmetrically as it sounds like you are right now, as this could be putting lateral stresses on things like your knees and back that aren't a good idea. How significant this is will depend how big the flexibility problem is of course. One way to work round this while you work on improving your ankle mobility would be to squat with your heels raised up, by using a block or wood or some spare plates etc.

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I'm back 5 weeks later and 5lb heavier. Must be doing something right! I feel like I've gained a slight belly but I'm just happy I've gained!

Still doing strong lifts 5x5, squatting 65kg next session, I feel like I'm slowly getting somewhere :)

Does this sound about right 1lb gain a week. Shall I continue like this?

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1 hour ago, Little Butch said:

I'm back 5 weeks later and 5lb heavier. Must be doing something right! I feel like I've gained a slight belly but I'm just happy I've gained!

Still doing strong lifts 5x5, squatting 65kg next session, I feel like I'm slowly getting somewhere :)

Does this sound about right 1lb gain a week. Shall I continue like this?

1 lb would be a huge amount of muscle to gain per week, and coupled with your comment about your belly I'd suggest you reduce your calories. Maybe try reducing by 300 or 400 kcal and see how you get on. Are you taking photos to track progress?

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48 minutes ago, Little Butch said:

I haven't taken photos. I weigh myself every Sunday morning, maybe I should start taking a photo then as well...

I suggested it as it's harder to judge both fat gain and progress by looking in the mirror, since it's hard to remember what you looked like before. It doesn't need to be weekly but it can be helpful, provided you keep the lighting and poses consistant.

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I think I'll start doing that. As I've always struggled to gain weight I've just been dirty bulking trying to get the weight on. How long can I get away with this before I really need to start eating cleaner?

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2 minutes ago, Little Butch said:

I think I'll start doing that. As I've always struggled to gain weight I've just been dirty bulking trying to get the weight on. How long can I get away with this before I really need to start eating cleaner?

Calories determine fat gain or loss, not what foods the calories come from. The latter does though affect your health. I'd suggest aiming for a broadly healthy diet, but allowing yourself to eat some foods you might consider 'junk' purely because you like them.

The sooner you get total calories under control the better.

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Larger checking my fitness again, I'd gained 4lb in 4.5 weeks up until last Sunday but dropped 0.8lb when I weighed today so I've gained 3.2lb in 5.5 weeks. Does that sound better?

im always a bit gutted when the weight doesn't increase and I go backwards but atleast I'm getting somewhere...

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3 hours ago, Little Butch said:

Larger checking my fitness again, I'd gained 4lb in 4.5 weeks up until last Sunday but dropped 0.8lb when I weighed today so I've gained 3.2lb in 5.5 weeks. Does that sound better?

im always a bit gutted when the weight doesn't increase and I go backwards but atleast I'm getting somewhere...

If you're lifting the same/more weight, you won't have lost muscle.

Try weighing yourself daily for a while to see how much your weight fluctuates day-to-day. It does this due to variations in hydration, and how much food you have passing through your body. If you can be bothered, weighing yourself daily and seeing how the average varies from week-to-week is a better way to do things.

Ultimately fat gain is the only way to really judge if you're over-eating or not.

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That's good to know about not having lost muscle. Each gym session we add 2.5kg if all the sets were co pelted and haven't failed yet although I did fellas a little bit when I didn't go for over a week.

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Also, in December I'll be away for a month with no access to a gym. What can I do to keep myself in shape, callisthenics? Pistol squats? Trying to replicate the strong lifts 5x5 so when I get back I can get straight back into it...

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There's no simple answer to that. You could find a gym. You could have a complete break. I'd probably do some body weight exercises but not overly stress about it.

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Yeah think I'll do some body weight excersises. I haven't gained any weight the last two weeks, quite annoying lol! Am getting to my limit squatting 5x5 72.5kg today, feel a deload coming up this week following strong lifts 

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Back in the gym yesterday. Dropped squats down to 70kg from 77.5kg to make sure form was spot on - they were still hard but no more shaky knees! Overhead press I kept at the same weight as previous, which was 40kg. It's a struggle but I can just about complete all sets, no help from legs at all but my upper body's a bit floppy, leaning back etc. Deadlift I moved up to the heaviest I've done so far which was 87.5kg... It felt heavy lol.

Squats are hammering my legs, I always ache the most on them. The aches are mainly from my groin, is this normal or form? I squat pretty low sometimes, quite past parallel...

I've gained another lb, gone from 135 to 140.. Feel like I'm getting somewhere.

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Finally hit the wall where I failed today. My legs are aching from squats, I managed the warm up sets and that's it. Overhead press at 45kg I got 4,4,4,3,3 and managed the complete the 1x5 deadlift at 97.5kg.  

To be honest, my mind wasn't really in it and I've constantly felt drained the last few days. Not sure if I need to eat more? ( I've been gaining weight) or a bit of a rest? Squatting 3x a week is taking its toll now.,

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After 6 weeks off in Thailand I've been back in the gym for the last month or so. I'm now 10st 7, so gained 12lb since I started and am squatting 5x5 80kg, bench 60kg, rows 60kg, ohp I failed the very last rep at 45kg and deadlifts 95kg...

 

Feels good to to be getting somewhere! I'd like to get to 11stone and then focus on leaning out for a little bit.

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Now 10st 8, squatting 92.5kg 5x5, benching 70kg, oh pressing 50kg, rowing 67.5kg and I was deadlifting 100kg 1x5 but I have a slight twinge in my back which I've had for some time so have started laying off the deadlifts rather than increasing them. 

My plan is to focus solely on upping my strength until May time when I should be 11st and then add some hiit cardio in after my lifting sessions to try being body fat down slightly. How does that sound?

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Cheers, will try cram more of that lot in! I'm currently out with an elbow injury which I'm hoping the doctors will shed some light on tomorrow. 

Trying to atleast keep moving forward somehow so have been doing leg press...  Want to use this time to start some stretching which is something I really need to start doing. Does anybody know any flexibility apps/links etc?

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10 hours ago, Little Butch said:

Cheers, will try cram more of that lot in! I'm currently out with an elbow injury which I'm hoping the doctors will shed some light on tomorrow. 

Trying to atleast keep moving forward somehow so have been doing leg press...  Want to use this time to start some stretching which is something I really need to start doing. Does anybody know any flexibility apps/links etc?

You will get banned for mentioning that word here, next you will be talking about cardio  :lol:

I really recommend it, does wonders for me, but I'm getting on a bit and seizing up. I find it a lot better to do it at home as a general routine. Proper stretching takes time, not the 5 mins before hitting the weights.  

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I thought that may be the case! :laugh: 

Im only 24 but can only be a good thing to start sooner rather than later. Ive noticed myself getting less flexible...

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This should be more of a journal really but oh well.

Ive been back in the gym for a couple of weeks now after 6 weeks off. Gutted really but I think in about 2 weeks I'll be back up to where I left off. Still 10st 8, really want to hit that 11st mark but I know it's more about the strength rather than just getting weight up but fat.

 

I had a PT session last night to run through form. A few pointers but overall he was happy with everything. He noticed my lower back bend at the bottom of my squat which he said means tight calves, hamstrings and glutes? So I'm going to focus on some stretches for 10/15 minutes before I lift. Probably stems from my torn ankle ligament a couple years back.

Heading back to the gym this evening. 5x5 82.5kg squats, 62.5kg bench and 60kg bent over rows.

 

Ive set my short term goals at squatting 100kg 5x5, benching 80kg 5x5 and deadlifting 120kg 1x5. I've got an 8 mile mud run coming up in October so once I've achieved these goals I'll possibly slow down from trying to push the weights up too much and get some more fitness stuff in so I don't ache for a week after the last mud run I done! What would it take to keep my strength in the same place? Would 1 session a week on the weights do it or more?

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