Should I Bother with trying to gain lots of muscle as an Analyst?
So I'm a new first year analyst. I'm very skinny and have no issues with motivation to go to the gym regularly and am aware of the benefits of physical activity and all that. I actually sneak in some intense cardio everyday and it makes me feel great.
But it seems like gaining muscle mass as a very skinny person and someone new to the gym is a very involved process. I struggle to get in a ton of calories while working banking hours and have the opposite problem of most people where I don't really like to eat that much and try to stay very healthy. Mostly only eat vegetables and fruits.
My time at the gym has to also be longer to ensure I'm working all my muscles hard enough and it's not exactly easy to sneak that in every night especially when I'm trying to make a good impression as a new analyst of fast response times. I imagine this is only going to get far worse once we resume in-person and I am no longer WFH.
Sleep is obviously another factor that I don't think I need to get into much and everyone on here understands.
Should I just say fuck it a grind out the two years or whatever and then focus on bulking or mass muscle gain afterwards? I still genuinely enjoy cardio and helps me get this kind of euphoria so I'll still be doing that intensely for 15 minutes or so a night.
But I've also heard cardio for someone very skinny like myself is a bad idea for trying to bulk? but I find it pretty unhealthy to live like that and just eat so much without getting my blood pumping from exercise.
Is it possible to just gain muscle without a caloric surplus being very skinny and just okay levels of sleep with workouts 1-2 times a week?
I kind of rambled at some points so hopefully my questions came across clearly.
It's tough to get this specific gym advice elsewhere on the internet because everyone just assumes you're lazy if you can't get in enough sleep or workout time and bothering to explain the hours or how I have to wait until a certain point at night for comments goes over their heads frankly.
thank you all