Any tips to put on solid weight for a hardgainer?
I'm 5'10" and weigh 135 pounds. I'm looking to put on about 30lbs. I work out and eat a lot. Any recommendations on shakes or supplements that are inexpensive and will help with those extra calories? I'm not looking to be a body builder, just add a bit of weight.
How old are you?
What is your training schedule and program?
What do you eat, most importantly pre and post workout?
"I'm not looking to be a bodybuilder, just add a bit of weight." - You're looking to add 22% to your body weight. That is not a "bit" of weight. That's going to take work. At 5'10 you won't be in the same world as a bodybuilder until your everyday weight is about 240, so don't worry about that.
My standard advice is meat and ice cream. My buddy's a much worse off hard gainer than you (6'5 145, now 175 - we keep him there because it's big enough for basketball and it's so much work to keep him going up - plus we're in our 30's and work desk jobs - and all the eating really makes it hard for him to play). He put on 30 lbs eating at least a pound of meat a day (usually 1.5-2 but no less than 1), eating a bag of pasta every day, and drinking a gallon of milk most days. He also had either ice cream or a shake before bed. This took over a year at age 29 for him.
Here's the shake (it's AWESOME):
4 big scoops vanilla (or chocolate, or whatever you want) ice cream
4 scoops chocolate protein powder
6 Reese PB cups (full size, not fun size)
1 big spoon of PB
12 oz milk
Add this to Rippetoe's Starting Strength program and there's no way you can not gain weight (unless you have a tapeworm, extremely overactive thyroid, intestinal disorder, engage in excessive amounts of cardio, Insanity, P90X, Crossfit, or other silliness).
I was exactly the same. Eating more did not help; I ate like a vacuum cleaner anyway.
Then I started weightlifting and gained 15 lb in a year. (And stopped there, which was fine.)
My exercises were pretty much what anyone would recommend for muscle mass. Bench press was the big winner, I think.
BTW I was 6' and 120#, so I was a bean pole (and there are worse things). Your goal of being 165# at 5'10" puts you at the high end of normal weight, per BMI. That wouldn't be my goal!
Lift weights, simple exercises, and lift heavy.
Most important; Learn the value of nutrient timing. For you, immediately after lifting heavy (I mean 5-10 minutes) consume a protein shake that has at lest 40 grams of high quality protein and at least 20 grams of carbohydrate. Myoplex makes a prepared shake that perfectly fills the bill.
That's it. Enjoy your new muscle.
I understand your pain and then some. Im 6'3" and only weight 150. Skinny as can be but certainly not week. I spent 3 years in the military so I know how to work out and eat, at my best I was still only 160lbs. I quit smoking cigarettes recently and thought that would help gain a few as it tends to do... nope, nothing, not for this guy. I cant take protien shakes as they simply give me the shits.
I get BodyFortress Whey Protein at Walmart, cheap and cheerful. I take storebrand Emergen-C post workout, 1000 miligrams of vitamin C.
Storebrand oatmeal is your friend.
And don't forget peanut butter.
Another secret weight gainer supplement: sleep. Make sure you get enough of it.
There is not enough CMono in Body Fortress to give you that reaction.
As someone on the opposite end of the spectrum, I say, "Be happy!" Trust me, you'll eventually come to a point where it's all too easy to gain weight.
Me too Brian; all age starting bringing me was sag, and boy, that does not look good on skinny.