How often to work out for weight gain

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 09, 2013 at 12:04 AM

I'm 5'4 and 115 pounds,and I want to put on weight. I don't do cardio, I only use a TRX suspension trainer. I'm only 13 so my metabolism is probably really high. How man times a week should I work out

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on August 09, 2013
at 03:08 AM

If you are looking to gain weight through working out, you need to focus on 5-10 reps per sets to failure with moderate rests between sets to maximize hypertrophy. I would suggest about 3 days per week, and do compound exercises. TRX is great for stabilizing muscles and definition but is a little more difficult for muscle growth. Get creative if that is all you have to work with. And eat a lot of food.



on August 09, 2013
at 01:46 PM

Dang when i was 13 i was just worried about how much time i could get awaty with playing Halo. You got your whole life to grow strong take it slow.

Because your bones, joints, and tendons are still growing and developing, it's easy to overdo it and strain or even permanently damage them. When you're working out, if something doesn't feel right to you, you feel pain, hear or feel a "pop", stop the movement.

3-4 sessions a week with alot of other light cardio (bikeing, walking, sports) would probably be a good start. look for strength gains/losses and finee tune it.

Also EAT good foods by the barrel, your a growing boy have a big dinner


on August 09, 2013
at 11:19 AM

I'm assuming you are male. You will still be growing. I would not worry about an exercise regime. Just pick a sport you like and play it and eat a healthy diet. Eat a lot of meat and fish. One of my teenagers is thin and I tell him not to worry about it. As you grow taller and develop muscles you will get bigger (also it is the thin ones who live longer lives and avoid heart attacks so much better to a thin teenager than an obese teenager and then adult like so many today).



on August 09, 2013
at 09:56 AM

If you've just started working out, just about any bodyweight excercise will increase mass, even at your age. However, gaining weight is only possible if you eat more than you need.

I'd go for 3 or 4 days per week, one to two hours per day, depending on soreness and stamina. Don't rush the excercises, go for medium rep range (8 - 12 repetitions per set), and rest in between sets (one minute or so).



on August 09, 2013
at 01:13 AM

I usually do some kind of workout most days, whether it's weight training or walking. I don't do strict cardio like running or swimming or sprints. not trying to burn any fat.

I've never used TRX but it looks like a good strength workout. you can alternate days of upper body and lower body so you don't wear yourself out. walk on days where you are sore. weighted walking is an awesome workout- just carry dumbbells or a heavy bookbag.

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