Archive for March, 2009

Alltop – The Internet's Magazine Rack

I’ve been using Alltop (founded by tech innovator, Guy Kawasaki) for quite some time now and I love it as a feed aggregator. I can peruse a LOT of muscle-building information quickly to find out what’s hot, what’s not, what people are talking about, and any new trends or news in the bodybuilding world. You ought to check it out!

Here’s my own feed on Alltop for Hardgainers. Check it out and discover a whole new source of muscle-building information!

How to Measure Progress

How to Measure Progress

asher j asked:

I’m 17, turning 18 and i’ve been underweight my entire life. When I do workout, I do look buff for a short while. I’m an ectomorph, slightly ripped, but with so little size it doesnt make a difference. I want to see gains on a weekly basis, is this possible?
Answer: An emphatic YES!!!
You may not see muscle gains every week, but what you will see if you’re persistent is strength gains. Endeavor to increase the weights you lift every workout. Part of the beauty of progressive resistance weight training is the ease by which you can adjust the poundages you lift. In most gyms, you can add as little as 2 1/2 pounds on each side of a barbell.
Here’s a great primer on how to train, eat, and sleep for maximum muscle gains – The Top Ten Muscle Building Tips.
Finally, here are some tips on building strength – 5 Ways to Get Stronger
If you follow the guidelines in these 3 articles, you will no doubt progress each week, but in every single workout!
Best of luck to you!!!

Hardgainer Blog Carnival – March 18, 2009

Welcome to the March 18, 2009 edition of hardgainer blog carnival.

fitnchic presents Interval Training: Get the Most Out of Your Workout :: – Get in Shape Fashionably :: posted at – Get in Shape, Fashionably!.

Aparna presents Beauty and Personal Grooming: Will you gain weight if you quit exercising? posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming, saying, “Some people after making a resolution to shed weight embark upon a strict exercise regimen with great enthusiasm and euphoria, but after some time their interest wanes off and they stop exercising altogether citing some vague reasons. But what they should know is that quitting exercising abruptly in fact, leads to weight gain.”

Emily presents Busy? Get Your Total Body Strength in an Hour posted at A Weight Lifted, saying, “a simple program for strength training in one hour”

Joe E presents Top 10 Healthy Drinks to Help You Lose Weight posted at Promote Health, saying, “Can’t seem to lose that last 10-15 pounds? It may very well be because of the calories you drink. Many people don’t realize how many calories are the stuff we drink. A mocha with all the fixings, for example, contains more than 500 calories! These are 10 healthy drinks that will help you achieve your weight loss goals.”

billspaced presents How To Gauge Progress When Progress Is Not Obvious posted at The Blog.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of hardgainer blog carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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I have some REALLY exciting news to share with you today.

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This is perhaps one of the most valuable giveaways EVER.

Yes, 100% FREE stuff!

But there is a catch… it’s only available until Friday March 20th at midnight!

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Click here for your free gifts:
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Why is Vince doing this??

On Tuesday April 7th at 12pm EST Vince is releasing his highly-anticipated, high quality No-Nonsense Muscle Building & Six-Pack DVD Series which is the most complete muscle-shredding, belly-busting and ab-sharpening solution and DVD resource to make a huge difference in your physique.

And he wants to mail you a copy to your front door when it becomes available.

The problem is that he only replicated 480 kits.

I am not a psychic but a sell out is expected in just hours considering over 800,000 people are being notified about this as you read this.

DATE- Tuesday April 7th at 12pm EST

…there’s more.

Vince wanted me to reassure you that there is ZERO pressure to try out his No-Nonsense DVDs when they are ready to be mailed out launch date and you are more than welcome to get INSTANT ACCESS to his two free gifts right now.


#1 – Check out the link below.
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Malted Muscles Meal Replacement Milk Shake

My friend over at Hardgainer Transformation, Brian Kotoka, posted a great-tasting and effective muscle-building protein milk shake recipe that you may want to try.

It’s good for several reasons:

  • It’s a great meal replacement shake. If you’re on the go or don’t have much time to prepare a nutritous meal, this shake is easy to mix up and carry around with you.
  • It’s full of the nutrients you need: 430 calories, 50 g protein, 36 g carbohydrates, 4 g total fat
  • It’s easy on the wallet. Hey, in hard times, we all need to save a little. This shake is super-cheap to make.

The recipe is here.

When I’m training for growth, I mix up a shake like this (double the quantities), put it in a Thermos bottle, and carry it around with me. I take sips every few minutes, perhaps 15-20 minutes apart.

Doing this allows me to keep a positive nitrogen balance in my bloodstream, which is a necessary condition to build muscle. I’m sure that if you do this, you, too, can gain a bunch of weight in a short time period.


For a quick primer on a program that works for hardgainers, check out the Hardgainer Manifesto.

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