For the past year or so, I had been trying to get ripped. I think I got there. I was a lean 153 at a height of 5’8" with a 6-pack. But you know what? I was not gaining any more muscle nor was I getting any stronger. Also, I had a niggling knee injury that was not getting any better.
A month ago, I said, “Fuck it. I’m going to gain me some serious mass and I don’t care if I get a little fat in the process.” I took Chris Shugart’s Diet Manifesto to heart (actually I started before the article came out) and started to eat more protein and more calories in general. I started drinking a shake between each of the three meals and a shake before bedtime.
I have been doing Ian King’s Great Guns, so I did not expect to gain much lean mass, since I was merely maintaining on the other body parts.
Now I am 10 pounds heavier and my abs are only slight more blurred. I have not lost any strength in the big lifts (bench, squat) and my knee feels a lot better. I am sleeping a lot better too. I simply feel great!
I think this is all due to my higher bodyfat. I’m trying to change my paradigm. Whereas before I thought leaner was better, I’m going to view a little bit of fat as a good thing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating being a fat slob, but my new goal is to carry as much muscle as possible, while maintaining 12-14% fat. I don’t think I was cut out to be ultra-lean.
Has anyone else experienced feeling better at a higher bodyfat?