Gettin\' Our Swole On, Week 2

Starting weight: 118 lbs.
Week 1: 121 lbs.
Week 2: 124 (estimated; I did not work out today, or weigh myself on Wed., but my measured weight the previous days of this week ranged from 123-127; I'll be conservative)

Injury update: I rested today for the first time in two weeks, due to a little problem with my right shoulder. It has given me various problems for the last few years, but it is just a little uncomfortable on a few select movements. Should not be a significant impediment, and I plan and picking right up where I left off tomorrow.

So 6-7 pounds in two weeks, and I have been pretty consistently at 3000+ calories/day, occasionally hitting 4000 (but can't get over). I am currently the heaviest (or, least light, if you will) I have ever been. I am through the easy part; now, I'm sure my weight and strength gains will decelerate. The real work begins now. I want to push really hard this next week-and-a-half, because then I'll be getting really busy at work. I need a good head of steam going into April.

In case anyone is wondering, I do have "before" pictures, and most likely will post them when this is over. Still, I am a little hesitant to post half-naked pictures of myslef on the 'net, at least not without having the benefit of being seduced, manipulated, tricked, and taken advantage of first. Until next week...

Brandon here. I gained another two pounds this week, bringing me up to 197 from a starting weight of 193. I changed my deadlifting routine a bit from last week. Previously I was just touching the weight lightly to the ground in between reps, but it's very hard for me to keep good form that way, and it put too much stress on my lower back. I switched to letting go of the weight completely between reps. This makes things a bit tougher, but it allows me to shift emphasis away from the lower back, which tends to fatigue quickly and recover slowly. I also cut back on the volume, as mentioned before, and also decided to add a couple of heavier sets at the beginning, to prevent my strength from deteriorating (e.g., 3x325, 4x305, 5x5x275).

It's been a struggle for me to get enough food and sleep, but I guess I'm doing enough in that department, since the scale keeps going up. I don't think my body fat level has changed appreciably, but it's hard to tell because I'm not good enough with the calipers to measure the changes in my body composition on a weekly basis. I'll give body fat estimates on a monthly basis.

I don't have any definite plans regarding pictures, but I'll see what I can do. By the way, it occurred to me tonight that I've already gained nearly 15 pounds in the last three months. I weighed about 183 pounds in the last week of December, just before I started lifting weights again after a couple months of slacking off. But the first ten pounds are easier, so I won't use that as an excuse to drop out.

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Still Gaining Catallarchy

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Nice progress man. I'd

Nice progress man. I'd advise you to track your bodyfat percentage as well, putting on fat won't do you no good (although a little is inevitable --- that's why bodybuilders have an off season). You can pick up a set of calipers on the cheap over here:

You need to careful with those calories, because at 124 pounds, even if we assumed it was 100% lean mass (and it's not), your maintenance level would be around 2,500 (google katch-mcardle formula). I would recommend hanging out at 3,000 unless you're having trouble growing.

Regarding meals, you undoubtedly have a very fast metabolism, so eating is going to be your main challenge. Remember, in the battle for hugeness, your most important weapon is a fork. You need to be eating 6-7 meals every 2-3 hours. You should also aim to get %50 of your calories from carbs, %30 from protein, and %20 from fat. As for quality of food, "eating clean" is mostly common sense: avoided saturated fats, sugar, and processed foods. Basically, the closer a food product is to its natural state, the better it is for you. A potato is a grade A food, whereas a potato-chip is a grade D food, for instance.

You can get results without doing all this, but you'll get better results with increased effort. I went from 140 to 170 in a few months, and I'm currently 185 after 1.5 years in the game. Best of luck to ya.

I'll edit in my update

I'll edit in my update tonight.

And what's a swole?

Urban Dictionary: Swole

Urban Dictionary: Swole