CT and others, I've liked many of these articles, but recently read article on the easy hard gainer. I'm conflicted in that I've felt my growth has always been less than other lifters. Friends view me as blessed because I'm athletic, can eat what I want withou gaining weight and am eternally thin. As one who would like to add mass, I see it a bit differently.
The description in the article rang true but I've had others on T-Nation disregard the body-type idea... I'd love to hear your take on my situation. I'm 37, 6', 168. Lifting for 15 years, I've never gone above 172. Over the last year I've bought into focusing on the big movements: bench 275, press 170, squat and dead both 340, c/j 205 (still learning), have done chin w/ 115, and 55" box jump, around a 4.5 40 up to about 5 years ago.
I wear the same clothes i wore when i could only squat 185. I've not been a cardio guy but my body fat stays in single digits. This sound like it matches the article, or do you agree with others that am I just not lifting hard enough and for my whole life I've never eaten enough? Thanks, Nathen
The "train, eat, sleep, repeat" crowd always responds to any problem either by saying "eat more" or "train harder". That's just dumb. There is a lot more than that but it seems like saying to eat or train more makes you sound hardcore while trying to find smart but more complex solution does the opposite , kinda like in high school where having good grades make you look un cool and being dumb makes you look in.
People are different, Thats a fact. Not everybody can be a pro basketball player... "Play more basketball" will never be a solution if you are 5'5"!
Eazy-hard gainers exist. It is both a blessing and a curse. I trained a few of them, one who want to 2 olympic , and the solution was NEVER training more (their body and cns aren't resilient enough and they can actually regress) or EATING MORE because they simply increase their rate of oxydation or burn more calories through heat.
Its not fun to hear but a greyhound can never become a pitbull.
Everybody can gain muscle, but not everybody can be 240 ripped.
And at your fat level, you probably have as much muscle as someone who is 190-195 with more normal fat levels.
Eazy-hard gainers respond better to training for performance. SPEND ALL YOUR EFFORTS ON GETTING STRONGER ON THE BIG BASICS. Drop the isolation work, they will do more harm than good and supplement your training with heavy loaded carries.
I now find that the key is to keep the workout duration at or under 40 min. But try to train as often as possible . 6 workout of 30 min is much better than 3 of 60 min
You would be better off doing heavy carries as a second workout. Although it sounds counterintuitive you will actually build more muscle this way.
Bench day: Bear hug carries; hold on to a couple of 45lbs plates on your chest and walk... if you can't do it with 90lbs you can use pair of 35lbs or a single 45lbs plate
Squat day: yoke walk; put the bar on your shoulders and walk
Military press day: overhead walk; hold a barbell overhead, fully locked an behind your ears and walk (obviously use some weight if you can)
Deadlift day: DB farmer's walk
I was using these with a boxer who has a VERY similar physique to yours and was also an easy-hard gainer and we had to drop them because he was gaining a bit too much muscle since he was close to his weight class limit.
BTW, for the carries. I suggest sets of 1 minutes with 1 minute break between sets.
If you do the carries as a second session you can do 5 sets with as much weight as you can (holding the weight should be very hard at the end of the minute) preceded by 10 minutes of various jumps and then doing 10 minutes of abs work.
no conversation problems. when the worker approaches you while you are walking around with a yoke on your back, all you gotta. do, is say you cant hear him, and turn your body so your ear can face him. you will accidentallly whack him with the bar and probably knock him out. then the conversation will be over,and you can finish your workout.
Wow, I'm surprised by that low of volume (I am assuming I'm supposed to really hit the 5/3/1). I figured german volume was obviously out, but from the article I'd have guessed one exercise each (leg, push, pull) with 3-5 sets and 25-50 total reps per category would be your recommendation. Well ill give it a shot! Im a teacher that lifts in our own gym so these walks won't be a problem... Thanks! Hopefully this helps out some other folks too!
I am an ecto and ny best results came from 6 days upper/lower about 30 min. More gave me injuries. I am not big but try 6 X 30 and see. Bulking is for dreamers, they add weight and dream that it is all muscles. They believe so much in their dreams that they believe the BS written in most magazines. A friend added 40 pounds of muscles over many years and never needed to cut a single pound. Maybe he was busy and never wasted time reading crap. All the best !
To the OP, I think CTs layers program might be built for exactly people like yourself!
Also, I sit here wondering if this is exactly my situation as well. Can't say I remember EVER making progress training sort of bodybuilder style but I sure as hell come alive under some near-max effort stuff. Been skinny since birth...eat whatever I want all the time...