Typically, for the teen athlete, I'm dealing with the mom or dad. Mom and dad are health conscious, likely struggling with keeping off body fat, and concerned with heart disease, cancer, blood sugar, etc. Mom and dad eat super healthy (or try). Mom and dad are also concerned about their son's (or daughter's) health, and their eating habits, food choices, and even food-phobias get passed down. The young athlete is a bit undersized for the sport they are playing, not as big as the other kids, and not as strong. Yet mom has them eating like they're obese, and suffering from high cholesterol...
The first subject, before weight training, that I discuss with these athletes, and their parents is... CALORIE INTAKE. You see, when you dump more and more calories into the diet of a highly active teenage male... their metabolism just goes higher, and higher. They are already burning a HUGE amount of calories, and they eat like a bottomless pit. I know I did as a tall skinny teenager! Modest increases in intake won't result in any more size... So HOW do you get a teenager to gain anything...
You go "DIRTY"!!
Grilled chicken, and brown rice, and kale, and organic everything isn't going to do it... Unless it's organic ice cream, organic chocolate milk, organic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and organic cheeseburgers! These teens need FAT INTAKE... and large amounts of it. They need SUGAR INTAKE, because they can cram many more sugar carbs into their body than they can whole-grain carbs. I've had tall, thin, wiry teenage males NEED 1500kcal per day ON TOP of their current intake to gain weight. I know personally, at age 20-23, I needed 6500-7500kcal per day to go from 200lb (at 6'4") to 230lb. And it WASN'T a clean 7500 kcal. At age 46, I STILL need over 5000kcal per day to gain weight!
Teenage boys, and young men who "suffer" from being tall and thin MUST consume huge calories to gain muscle mass. And their lee-way for what foods they can consume without adding a lot of fat is WIDE!
If you have a underweight teen who needs to get bigger for sports, or if you're a tall, thin, 20-something "hard-gainer" who just can't see to get any bigger... It's NOT their/your workout routine.
Contact me here at BURN, and I'll get you on the right path. After all... if there's ONE thing I'm an expert at... it's stuffing enough food into a tall-skinny body!!!