When did you start this protocol? Last month at the same time you started bulking, or before that?
I have been doing TRT for a little over a year now, with a significant weight gain only in the past few weeks. I am taking 1ml injections (which has been my dosage the entire time). Maybe I’m just eating too much?
How much were you eating before the bulk?
I wasn’t tracking any calories prior to the bulk, just general healthy choices during meals and the occasional meal out. I was also working out twice a day, 5 days a week.
Exactly how much strength progress have you seen on the basic lifts? Also, what does your training look like (the days, exercises, sets, and reps)? Are you doing any cardio?
I have just started tracking my exact stats for each workout last week. Big mistake, I know. Having the numbers in front of me when I go in has been a big help already so I can push myself each time. My leg press has gone up in the past week (450 to 470), EZ barbell bicep curl (50-60, strict form), arnold presses (35’s to 40’s) in the past week. I lift 4 times per week as follows:
Hip Adduction (5 sets, high reps, prior injury working on prevention)
Angled Leg Press (5 sets, 10-12 reps)
Leg Extension (5 sets, 10-12 reps)
Leg Curl (3 sets, 10-12 reps)
50 x bodyweight squats
Seated calf-press (4 sets, 20-25 reps)
Flat Bench (4 sets, 8-10 reps)
IsoLat Incline Press (4 sets, 8-10 reps)
Seated Dip (4 sets, 8-10 reps)
Flat DB fly / DB press compound (3 sets, 10-12 reps)
Overhead Tricep Extension (4 sets, 8-10 reps)
Dip Machine Gravitron (3 sets, 10-12 reps)
DB Rows (5 sets, 10-12 reps)
Lat-Pulldown (5 sets, 10 reps)
Low Row close grip (4 sets, 10-12)
IsoLat Wide Pulldown (3 sets, 10 reps)
Deadlift (4 sets, 8-10)
Standing Bicep EZ bar Curl (5 sets, 8-10)
Cable Curls (3 sets, 10 reps)
Push Press (4 sets, 8-10)
Arnold Press (4 sets, 8-10)
Front Raise (4 sets, 8-10)
Lateral Raise (4 sets, 8-10)
Rear Delt Machine (4 sets, 8-10)
IsoLat Shoulder Shrug / High-Pull compound set (4 sets, 10-12)
AbCore Weighted Crunch (3 sets, 8-12)
Cable Crunches (3 sets, 12-15)
My heart rate always stays elevated and I leave the gym completely soaked each time. I perform virtually zero cardio. I can perform cardio well, just haven’t been because I didn’t want to detract from muscle growth. I ran a 10 miler 6 weeks ago and another one in 10 days, so I’m perfectly capable of doing it.
I understand about not relying on the handheld devices; won’t do that in the future. As I’m typing this maybe it seems like the answer is in front of me. I was relatively more active when doing twice-a-days prior to this bulking period (my first real bulk) and have eaten more and done less. You think I should just incorporate cardio 3-4 times per week or do cardio and cut carbs/calories?