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Old 04-11-2008, 10:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys. My names Hunter. I'm 16 and just started training at East Tennessee Mixed Martial Arts with Jimmy Neely and his crew. I've been going for about a month on days that I'm off for work. I want to go far in this, for in the short time I've been doing it, it has become a huge part of my life. I can't stop thinking about it. My question is...

I'm 16 and weigh 127-130. I have very little body fat, as I'm a skinny kid haha. What could I do to gain some weight other than going to the gym? My work schedule doesn't really permit gym time and MMA training. My weight makes it hard for me to roll with people my own age. I've rolled with 12 and 14 year olds who are heavier than me. I could go to the gym on days I'm off and out of school, but that would be hardly ever until summer break. I'm willing to do that, but are there any alternatives? I hate being so damn skinny.
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Old 04-12-2008, 01:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey guys. My names Hunter. I'm 16 and just started training at East Tennessee Mixed Martial Arts with Jimmy Neely and his crew. I've been going for about a month on days that I'm off for work. I want to go far in this, for in the short time I've been doing it, it has become a huge part of my life. I can't stop thinking about it. My question is...

I'm 16 and weigh 127-130. I have very little body fat, as I'm a skinny kid haha. What could I do to gain some weight other than going to the gym? My work schedule doesn't really permit gym time and MMA training. My weight makes it hard for me to roll with people my own age. I've rolled with 12 and 14 year olds who are heavier than me. I could go to the gym on days I'm off and out of school, but that would be hardly ever until summer break. I'm willing to do that, but are there any alternatives? I hate being so damn skinny.

You just have to let your body develop man, size comes with age. You cant have a mans size at a boys age. I don't have any real advise to give you I just wanted to post to say with whatever you do just be careful. You are young and you don't want to ruin your muscles and joints this early in life.
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Old 04-12-2008, 01:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Two things, first at your age you are what is called a hard gainer meaning it take a lot for you to gain weight or muscle mass so I would say find books or sites for hard gainers...when I was your age about 16 years ago, god I am old, I read a magazine called Flex it was a weight lifter body builder mag with stuff for everyone. I have looked at recent ones and they still seem to be up on something for everyone.

Secodly, you may be a light guy for life and never really get above 130-145 lbs. don't worry its your natural weight class so I would say look at WEC and the BW champ Migeul Torres, Chase Beebe, Faber, Manny Tapia, Garcia, and Pulver for inspiration as they are all great fighters at lighter weight classes and stick to it. Finally, be happy with what you got and make it work to your advantage, never stick needles or drugs in your body to get that quick fix you will probably get bigger but as I said look at what Torres, Beebe, Pulver have been able to do with their "small" size.

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Old 04-12-2008, 09:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i have a same issue lol 135 LBS , no body fat and lots of muscle i just cant develop more weight...
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Old 04-12-2008, 11:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Theres nothing wrong with being skinny, learn about lifting and gaining weight if it is really important to you but I say just compete at a low weight class and roll with the guys closest to your size you can and it will help develop your skill and when you do fight someone your size it will be that much easier. You are only 16 so you will probably gain some more weight over the next few years naturally. I say focus on strength and technique and let the size take care of itself.
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Old 04-12-2008, 10:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The best thing you can do to gain weight is just eat non stop, but make sure you balance it out with training.
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