The myth. The legend. The dreaded Freshman 15. You have all probably head about the Freshman 15, the 15 pounds of unwanted weight gain that first-year college students often experience. While 15 pounds may seem like a bit of an exaggeration(most of my first-year classmates seemed to put on no more than 5-10 pounds), it still happens.
What confuses me the most is why don’t first-year college students take advantage of their first-year of college and try to purposely gain the Freshman 15, and by Freshman 15, I mean 15 pounds of muscle.
This is completely doable for men, and for women too if they desire. Just think about it, you enter college with free admission to the gym(which are typically better than most commercial gyms), and a meal plan which typically grants you access to an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Access to gym + Daily access to buffet + No Parents = No reason to NOT gain 15 pounds of muscle in 1 year.
Seriously, I don’t why more guys at my school aren’t ripped. When I first entered college, I already gained about 20 pounds during my high school years, but I don’t understand why more guys don’t use this environment to their advantage.
I understand its harder to lose weight in college, but for muscle gain, it should be a piece of cake. I know you all have to do is structure a decent training program and make sure you’re getting enough calories and sleep. It’s that simple, but the same skinny guys I knew my first year are still skinny because they didn’t take advantage of their environment.