Just for fun, lets say he started at, and stayed, 15% body fat. Not unreasonable given his face and the pic above shows virtually no “cuts” (I haven’t seen the movie, maybe he’s lean but I doubt it.). More than likely he actually gained a few percentage body fat points, but I’ll give the article the benefit of the doubt
If he started at 185 @ 15% = 28 pounds of fat
If he ended at 225 @ 15% = 34 pounds of fat
So he gets to gain a “free” 6 pounds of fat to stay at the same body fat percentage. Add the 2 lbs they say he gained on top of it, he’s at 8 pounds of pure fat.
Given that “lean mass” also means things like water, skin, bone, glycogen, etc… lets say thats another ~6-7 pounds.
So he’s at around ~15 pounds of muscle in 12 weeks, ~6 pounds “fat free mass” and 8 pounds of fat… Seems reasonable to me.
If he gained even a few percent body fat (VERY likely) the amount of fat he gained and muscle he gained become easy to attain I think for a new trainee under that kind of supervision and supplementation.
Even going to 18% body fat, thats another 6 pounds of fat (and 6 pounds less of muscle, putting him at under 10 pounds over 12 weeks)[/quote]
Absolutely, all good points. However, we don’t know when those pictures were taken, we don’t know what bf% he started at, and we don’t know what % he ended at. He very well could of started at 16% and ended at 11%. We really don’t know. [/quote]
Dude, he got fat. Let it go. Lonnie’s math seems realistic. 10-ish pounds of actual lean muscle and the rest water and fat. Also, he wasn’t untrained. If anyone here honestly believes he gained 37 pounds of muscle and is at the same bodyfat as before then they’re retarded or need an eye exam.[/quote]
Err… from his math, it should be 25lbs of lean mass, not 15lbs.
HOWEVER, lean mass, as a generally used term, usually refers to:
Actual muscle tissue plus 70%-80% water and glycogen
Different interpretations of these terminologies is why people get confused. You can’t accurately calculate how much actual dry muscle has been built without, well, drying out the muscle and weighing it.
So, taking into account the additional fat gain of roughly 8lbs since he ended up at a similar bodyfat level, he would have gained an estimated 6.2lbs to 9.3lbs (20% to 30% of 31lbs) of pure muscle mass.
I have no interest in contesting the possibility of such gains. Just saying it doesn’t seem like whoever wrote the article was embellishing anything, at least not intentionally.