I went on CT’s “Hypermetabolism” because I wanted to get ripped, obviously. Well, the program (and the diet he provides with it) worked like a charm, but the more my BF% dropped, the more I realized that I have no mass.
I guess I always sort of denied it subconsciously, because I’m an FFB and all I ever wanted was to see my abs, but when I looked in the mirror recently, I realized that I don’t look like someone that lifts weights. That seriously bothered me.
I’m going to finish the last 2 weeks of the hypermetabolism program because I only have two weeks left, and it will really test my will power. Also, I want to try to impress some of my friends back home (I’m at college) with my leanness.
When I do get home however, I will be eating big, and lifting seriously heavily. I have a few questions before I do that though:
Do I have to gain a lot of fat (more than 15% BF) to gain a lot of muscle?
How far above maintenance cals do I have to/should I eat?
Is there a relationship between how much fat I gain and how much muscle I gain? In other words, if I’m gaining a lot of fat, will I be gaining equal parts or more muscle? Another way to ask is, More fat=More muscle (provided that I’m training hard)?
How much LBM can I expect to gain by next March, when I expect to cut again (again, provided that I do everything right)?
What’s the best program, 10x3? 5x5? EDT? Something else? Maybe Westside for legs, and something else for upper body?
I am willing to gain fat, and I don’t care if I can see my abs or not as long as I’m gaining a good amount of solid mass. Obviously, I would like to not gain very much fat, but I don’t care if I do.
My body is in proportion, so I don’t need to focus on one thing too heavily, just overall growth in every area is what I’m looking for. I don’t have any specific goals yet, because I obviously don’t know my program yet. I’d like to gain about 10-15 lbs of LBM, which I think I can do with a lot of hard work.
Attention: I am willing to be a gineau pig! I hereby give my body and free will over my training and nutrition to T-Nation. I will do exactly what I have to do, no excuses.
That being said, I’ll give some vital stats, and await responses:
Height - 5’10"
Weight - 173 lbs
BF - ~9%
Age - 19
Sign - Scorpio
DL - 275 lb
Squat - 225 lb
Bench - 205 lb
10-15 lbs lean mass in 10 months or so. My goals will get more fine tuned as the time gets closer to start bulking.
flame me, help me, I don’t care. Just give me some criticism so I can learn from it.