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Old 09-11-2010, 11:24 PM   #11
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Re: Oh no not another size gainer......

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I eat about six small meals a day about 2600 to 3000 calories.

I mainly do my own CF programming. Low reps and high weights.

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I'm gonna guess that your caloric intake is right at or just below your maintenance level. You're going to need an additional 500-1000 calories a day is you want to gain bulk.

Heck if you're my size and my activity level, you might be running a caloric defecit...
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Old 09-12-2010, 02:00 PM   #12
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Re: Oh no not another size gainer......

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I eat about six small meals a day about 2600 to 3000 calories.

I mainly do my own CF programming. Low reps and high weights.

Terrill
Start off by doubling this. See where that gets you.

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Because Im here in Iraq I only eat main course food line meals in the chow hall. Sometimes a lot of salad, but most days just chicken or tuna and greens. Ever couple days I add a chessburger. Im thinking I need to buy a meal replacement due to being limited on what I can eat and how much I can eat out here.
Change this to "every couple hours" and you'll be on the right track.

I'm surprised nobody asked this; what is your current height and weight?
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Old 09-12-2010, 02:12 PM   #13
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Re: Oh no not another size gainer......

Buy the book "Starting Strength" (if you don't have a baseline weight gaining, strength gaining program in place) or the book "Practical Programming" if you need a 'next level' program. Follow that routine and do Crossfit at the same time. You'll be doing two workouts a day for as long as. . . well, until you reach your weight goal. You're deployed so you can eat as much as you can stuff into your stomach, but eat as clean as possible (read, no or VERY little refined sugar). The two workouts a day won't be a problem, just pay attention to recovery.

Some things that help with recovery

Foam rolling (look it up on the boards here)
creatine
Eat a ton
Sleep a ton
drink more water than you think you need

Good luck, I'm just starting on another 'get stronger/bigger' kick as well.

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Old 09-12-2010, 02:26 PM   #14
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Re: Oh no not another size gainer......

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Buy the book "Starting Strength" (if you don't have a baseline weight gaining, strength gaining program in place) or the book "Practical Programming" if you need a 'next level' program. Follow that routine and do Crossfit at the same time. You'll be doing two workouts a day for as long as. . . well, until you reach your weight goal. You're deployed so you can eat as much as you can stuff into your stomach, but eat as clean as possible (read, no or VERY little refined sugar). The two workouts a day won't be a problem, just pay attention to recovery.
Adding CF to SS to get you bigger and stronger? Far from the way I'd do it. Doing another program in addition to SS is a good way to get mediocre results at both programs.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:28 AM   #15
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Re: Oh no not another size gainer......

I'm going to echo the earlier suggestion to consider CrossFit Football. Weights are heavier, and it aims to build strength and power.
Just be aware that the conditioning results are different...CFFB folks will generally be able to deliver a lot of intense work very quickly with very heavy weights, but you won't see any endurance runners (most workouts are over in 15 minutes).
Oh, and you will be sore. Constantly.
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Old 09-19-2010, 11:14 AM   #16
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Re: Oh no not another size gainer......

Thanks for the advice everyone. I have been trying out this CFFB for a couple days now and I love it. I feel like I've gained a couple pounds already. Thanks again for all the support.....
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Old 09-19-2010, 11:34 AM   #17
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Re: Oh no not another size gainer......

I was in a similar situation -- deployed to Iraq, trying to gain weight. I went from 161 to 175 at the end of my deployment, though I peaked at 178. I had also started Crossfitting regularly for the first time. I basically crammed everything in that I could. Chicken breast, salad, french fries, corn dogs, etc. Not particularly healthy, but it was a lot. I also bought jars of peanut butter and ate it with a spoon. Peanut butter, I think, is what helped the most.

I don't know if you're at a large FOB where you can buy milk and such; I don't even remember if my FOB had that option. But you could try the GOMAD thing if you have the space, money, and your own refrigerator.
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Old 09-19-2010, 12:11 PM   #18
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Re: Oh no not another size gainer......

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Buy the book "Starting Strength" (if you don't have a baseline weight gaining, strength gaining program in place) or the book "Practical Programming" if you need a 'next level' program. Follow that routine and do Crossfit at the same time. You'll be doing two workouts a day for as long as. . . well, until you reach your weight goal. You're deployed so you can eat as much as you can stuff into your stomach, but eat as clean as possible (read, no or VERY little refined sugar). The two workouts a day won't be a problem, just pay attention to recovery.
I have personally done this for 4 months, and while it worked for me, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. If you are actually doing all of the lifts from SS, and then hitting a WOD hard, after a couple weeks you will be wrecked, the whole time i was doing this I was constantly on the verge of over training, I'm convinced if I weren't so young It wouldn't have worked at all.

Do SS, then get back into Crossfit, the fact of the matter is it takes much longer to get strong than it takes to your metcon back.
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:52 AM   #19
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Re: Oh no not another size gainer......

If you're just interested in size, check out
http://www.amazon.com/Super-Squats-P.../dp/0926888005 (wfs)

It mentions the Get Big shake. I'd make it without raw eggs.
Here's mine:
5 scoops of classic weight-gainer protein mix
3 huge, man-sized scoops of chocolate ice cream
- or vanilla with 2 squirts of chocolate syrup.
2 heaping tablespoons of peanut butter
1 banana
3 scoops powdered milk
whole milk (aka Vitamin D milk)
creatine

Make 2 quarts of that in the morning or the night before. Drink a large glass of that at every meal/snack and post-workout. You will add the necessary calories you need, without killing yourself (like many smaller guys, I find the consumption of enough calories more difficult than the workouts).
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