How To Get Big At 16

by Owain
(Isle of Man)

Question: How to get big at 16?

I'm 16 years old, am pretty skinny and it's embarrassing. My aim is to get a big body so that clothes don't just hang off from me.

I started working out about a year ago and have seen little improvement. I used to be 9.5 stone and am now 9.13 stone after using whey protein for a while, however, I gave this up.

I do home exercises and also attend the gym, however, I have previously had an operation and so haven't been able to exercise for a while, so am hoping to start a new regimen.

I've just bought some bigger dumbbell weights to use at home that add up to 20kg together. I was wondering what exercises I need to do at home and whether I need to do compound exercises, or what for the best advantage?

Also, how often do I need to do it, as I used to do it basically every day. I hate the feeling of doing exercises and thinking it might not even be having an effect because you're not doing it right or doing the wrong kind of exercise.

I'm going to start taking another whey protein shake after I do my exercises at home also. I used to use a 7.5kg dumbbell and do about 30 reps of each exercise and 4 sets of that as it was too light however I feel 10kg dumbbells will be sufficient for now, and I was hoping to do reps of about 15. Any advice would be appreciated.

Answers:

"I'm 16 years old, am pretty skinny and it's embarrassing."

It's perfectly normal to feel underdeveloped at 16. Your body is going through changes. In another year or two your body will begin responding the way you would like it to, just stay at it.

"I was wondering what exercises I need to do at home and whether I need to do compound exercises, or what for the best advantage?"

If you look over to the left, on the navigation bar, you'll see a button that says "Best Exercises" We include all of the top bodybuilding exercises right there. There are several exercises that you can do with dumbbells...

Compound exercises with isolation exercises is the preferred route.

"Also how often do I need to do it?"

Weight lifting done every other day, or two days on, one day off, is a very popular approach.

"I used to use a 7.5kg dumbbell and do about 30 reps of each exercise and 4 sets of that as it was too light however I feel 10kg dumbbells will be sufficient for now, and I was hoping to do reps of about 15."

15 reps is much better for muscle development than 30 reps.

"I'm going to start taking another whey protein shake after I do my exercises at home also."

Consuming whey protein is a good way to get more protein in your diet. Also, consider consuming egg protein too!

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