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Is 2 days a week of strength training good enough?


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I'm taking a class at the local gym and it's only 2 days a week for an hour a day for the next 14 weeks. I go to school and have a part time job so it's kinda hard to find time which is why I'm doing this class. As some of you might know, I'm thin, I'm a 17 year old male, 6' tall and 137 lbs so I want to start putting on muscle to start gaining good weight and I'm trying to bump my calorie intake up to 2000 so I can keep the muscle too and it's going well. Other than the 2 days a week of strength training or lifting weights I'm pretty much sedentary but work as a busser 12 hours a week which is a workout and other than that I'm sedentary. Just asking if you think 2 days a week is good and I don't really need cardio to lose any weight since I'm thin already, so?

Also what's a good breakfast to have before the class, it's from 8am-9am and then I have class. Thank You
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I have been told that one day is enough to show results.  So, two days must be even better, and three would be what I would think "average".  but I admittedly don't know much about it...

Original Post by creative3:

I'm taking a class at the local gym and it's only 2 days a week for an hour a day for the next 14 weeks. I go to school and have a part time job so it's kinda hard to find time which is why I'm doing this class. As some of you might know, I'm thin, I'm a 17 year old male, 6' tall and 137 lbs so I want to start putting on muscle to start gaining good weight and I'm trying to bump my calorie intake up to 2000 so I can keep the muscle too and it's going well. Other than the 2 days a week of strength training or lifting weights I'm pretty much sedentary but work as a busser 12 hours a week which is a workout and other than that I'm sedentary. Just asking if you think 2 days a week is good and I don't really need cardio to lose any weight since I'm thin already, so…

Also what's a good breakfast to have before the class, it's from 8am-9am and then I have class. Thank You

As you've been told before, you won't be putting on much muscle eating 2000 calories - whether you work out twice a week or undertake a Bulgarian weightlifting regime.

You can make progress training twice a week with a properly designed program (likely slower than three times a week) but you won't progress if you won't eat.

 

Bump up to 2000? So you'll almost be making maintenance calories for a teen-aged boy.

When I was 17(just a little over 4 yrs ago), I was 5'9" and weighed 150. I ate a hell of a lot more than 2000 calories a day, probably double that. You're still growing and you won't stop until later in your 20's. Eat. A lot.

I had good results from a weight lifting class in high school (3 days a week), and I am sure that I was eating more than 3000 calories a day.

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