I’m not a bodybuilder, but I think bodybuilders are perhaps the best people to answer this.
Recently I’ve been doing a lot of very heavy (for me) whole body strength training - working towards some specific goals. I want relative strength so want to keep mass gains to a minimum. It’s not going to plan - fat is going down but weight is going up faster than I’d like! I’m at a stage in my training where I think this is going to start to escalate rather than slow down.
One thing that I’ve noticed is that prior to weight taking a little jump upwards (normally after a change in training approach) I put on about 2 - 3kg overnight. Fluid for repair I assume. That takes about 2 - 3 weeks to drop back down and it seems to settle at maybe half a kg above the old norm. I’m not 100% certain this pattern isn’t just cooincidence.
Has anyone else noticed this happen? I’m figuring if I can learn more about the immediate signs that something is making you build mass I might be able to better select training methods that’ll help me build strength whilst keeping mass to a minimum. At this point I’m not really sure what’s leading to the mass gains.
I’m not against the mass gain if relative strength keeps going up. But just want to better understand (and control) things.