Right, Im at uni and want to pursue a career in the army when I graduate. I'm 5,11 and weigh just under 12 stones. I'm not underweight by any stretch of the imagination but I have quite a skinny frame and I want to bulk up a bit. I've my own set of weights which I've been using for about year and this has had the effect of making me look more ripped which is fair enough because at the time the aim wasn't to bulk up, that has changed though. I've been doing my research and the two key points people seem to emphasise is diet and compound lifting. On the diet side of things I've cut the crap out and I'm trying to add the extra calories required to gain weight and divide it up in to 5 or 6 small meals throughout the day. I'm eating lots of oats, wholegrain cereals/rice/pasta, lots of meat, tuna and whole milk. For extra protein I have a whey protein supplement. Being a student i realise it's going to eat the pennies so any tips for cheap ways of getting the calories in? As for the weight training I've come up with this: Mon 3x5 bench press 3x5 dips 3x5 military press Wed 3x5 bent over rows 1x5 deadlift 3x5 standing press Fri 3x5 squts 3x5 lunges 3x5 chin ups Sat/Sun: cardio - light run for a couple of miles Weight? I'm not sure what to start with. I understand you shouldn't change weight halfway through an exercise but I don't want too much weight and not being able to complete the sets. Gym or not to gym? My uni has a well equipped gym but it's rather pricey. I have weights at home, not olympic though and I don't have a bench but i see you can get one on the net for about Â£60. Being a skinny git I also find the gym slightly intimidating with all those meatheads pumping iron and me there struggling to bench 30kg. Over to you fellas.