I believe it’s a very good idea to set yourself both long and short term targets in the pursuit of, well, anything. I’m currently looking to gain some quality mass and size, around 20-25 lbs, with as little fat gain as possible. Therefore I’m willing to spend longer doing it, however I’m wondering what is a reasonable timescale for this kind of gain?
I’m currently using Coach Staley’s EDT principles in a sort of A, B, A, B fashion. My workouts consist of 2 upper body and 2 lower body days, so for example 1 week I would do upper body 1 on monday, lower body 1 on wednesday, upper body 2 on friday, and then lower body 2 on monday and so forth, alternating between upper and lower.
The reason I have chosen both EDT and this order of workouts is because I’m a medical student with not a huge amount of free time, so I need to get as much from my workouts as possible. Also if I am unable to go to the gym on a certain day, I can pick up where I left off as soon as possible and just continue the order.
My actual workouts are as follows (15 min PR zone pairings):
Upper body 1: Weighted Chins + Dips
Lower Body 1: 1 Leg Squats + Snatch Grip Deadlifts
Upper Body 2: Incline DB Press + Chest Supported Row
Lower Body 2: Back Squats + 1 Leg Deadlifts
Thus each workout including warm-up + stretch down takes around 30 minutes. Sometimes I will include another PR zone for smaller muscles groups, such as arms, if I feel up to it. On off days I tend to do remedial work, such as Scap Pushups, External Rotations, Behind Neck Band Pulldowns etc.
So there’s some more detail on my workouts, critique and suggestions always welcomed. But my main question is what kind of time should I be looking at to put on a good 20-25 lbs (10kg)? I’m currently 5’11, 177 lbs (80kg).
Thanks for any help.