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Robby Taylor

Like Al said, youre doing fine man. It sounds like you have a build similar to me, I’m a couple inches taller than you and 5-10 pounds heavier. I’ve been training for…shit…close to 3 years now, and on the whole I weigh the same as I did when I started. I’m a lot stronger though, and a bit leaner and more muscular (I was already lean though). If you’re concerned about size, you seriously need to eat more. Like, for guys with our build, especially if you are enthusiastic about training, it actually can take more dedication (in terms of effort) to commit to eating enough to gain weight because we like burn everything off.

I recommend finding a quality staple food that you can simply add to your current diet, and just eat it whenever as a filler. I highly recommend lentils. There’s tons of protein in them (1 pound uncooked has about 120-130 grams of protein and costs like $1, at least at grocery stores near me), and they’re super easy and fast to cook. For athletes like us, I recommend red lentils specifically because they have about half the fiber of brown lentils (about 50g per pound instead of 100), and red also have 50% more calories (again, good for us hard gainers who expend lots of energy). They are both excellent sources of quality carbs as well. The only downside to red lentils is they’re a bit more expensive; at my local store I can get them for under $2 a pound.

Its not a complete protein though, but you can balance it out with chicken, eggs, certain grains, nuts, and seeds.

Muscle ups are hard, give it time. Get better at pull ups first. Also I’d suggest working on the L sit, pistol squat, and back bridge. Besides that, you may also want to start messing with handstand push ups and/or one arm push ups. Keep killing those basics though, consider those as skill training for now. Once you can do like 5 good reps, then I’d say its a good time to start using them in your regular workouts.