So, this is my second thread today I’ve been meaning to ask about this for a while.
Coach Thibaudeau often mentions that you can only gain 2 pounds of muscle a month. In fact, he has emphasised this in multiple articles, including the one from this week.
At the same time, Biotest’s BCAA article quotes him as saying:
“most will gain an average of 1-2 pounds per week over the first 8 weeks of use.”
Now, this is obviously a HUGE difference! In one scenario, I’m gaining 1/2 pound of muscle a week. In the other, I’m gaining 2-4 x times that. I’m also cutting; aside from 2 weeks, I’ve been on a long cut for a few months. So, I’m expecting to grow quite quickly for a month or two once I get into my bulking proper.
How much mass gain should I plan for? I don’t want to “undergain” by aiming for 1-2 pounds a month; I don’t want to gain too much fat by aiming for 4 times that. What should I do? Will BCAA’s really make these numbers possible?