Tired of being one of the little guys? Well I know how that feels, I never made the football team because I was too skinny, and I literally tried everything. I tried to gain weight for football by eating twice as much, until I was practically sick, chugging protein shakes when I woke up and lifting weights 7 days a week.
Don't Do Everything Wrong!My first mistake was working out 7 Days a week. It turns out that working out 7 Days a week wouldn't help me gain weight for football at all, and the only thing that would result in, was me burning out my muscles. I know, you probably already know this, but if you don't, then listen up. It's incredibly important for your muscles to get time to recover after working out! Working out 7 Days a week will NOT help you gain weight for football unless you work out different muscles every other day.
How To Take Protein The Right WayAfter doing things wrong for so long, I realized how to do things the right way. I never made the football team, but put on 20 pounds and started doing MMA. So here are a few tips that I learned along the way that should definitely help you gain weight for football.
The first thing I'll talk about are protein shakes. Some people think that chugging a 1000 calorie protein shake with 80 grams of protein right after a workout is the best way to gain muscle. That is not true! Your body can only handle so many calories at once. The rest of the calories and protein just gets wasted. So here's how you do it if you want to gain weight for football. You split that protein shake into three portions. Take one portion before you workout, one portion after you workout and one right before you go to bed.
When working out, you want your body to have the calories and protein to burn so that you're not loosing more calories than you're gaining. That's why taking protein shakes right before you work out plays such a huge roll in gaining weight for football.
After you finish working out, there is a thirty minute window where your muscles are going to be begging for protein and calories to help jump start the process of them rebuilding themselves. That's why taking protein right after your workout is key.
When you sleep at night, your body's digestive system doesn't work at it's full potential so it's more likely to store whatever you ate right before bed in your body as mass. Have you ever heard someone say that it's not good to eat right before yo go to bed? That's because it makes you put on fat. But if you're working out, you'll be converting that fat into muscle so ignore the saying.