Lately I’ve been questioning what I did for the last year—Looking at myself in the mirror, I can see some improvements but I don’t know if I actually did everything in my power to make the best gains, and the scale is letting me down even more as I really only weigh about 4 kg more than last year during this same period.
As I talked about in my last thread here, soon I’ll be cutting because I want to get to summer being lean. In the end, I might end up weighing just about the same as last year… All of this after 12 freaking months of training without skipping a workout and trying to eat perfectly.
I don’t know what the issue is here, and I can tell that my strength has surely gone up quite a lot, but I’m just not happy with my muscle mass.
For the last 5 weeks, I noticed something interesting. I started eating 3,000 kcal a day, thinking that it’d be well above my maintenance, but I really didn’t gain weight. I weighted about 77.4 kg.
I bumped it up to 3,300 kcal a day, still no weight gain. I’ve been eating 3,500 kcal for about 10 days now, and when this morning I weighted myself… 77.5 kg.
I was convinced my maintenance was 2,700 kcal from prior experience, but now I’m just confused. I really can’t believe that I might have to eat 4,000 kcal a day to gain weight (many big dudes here are really eating less than that).
Now, there’s not much I can do at the moment. I’ll bump the calories up to 4,000 a day for this last week before the cut to see if the scale moves at all. Fast forward to this summer: I want to be lean during the summer, but at the same time I want to be working on adding muscle mass as soon as possible. This time round I want to get to next summer knowing that I have put on some serious mass and that I did everything perfectly.
I would like some advice as to how I should plan my next 10 months of training (June 2018—April 2019) with the one and only goal in mind being aesthetics. I want to get to next summer with significantly more muscle (as much as nature will allow in this time frame) and then cut and look good.
I’m unsure whether I should focus on my whole body or if I should give more love to those areas that give the body the apparence of being “bigger.” To that regard, I’d eventually like to try your 500 rep shoulder workout and do some specialization phases for the delts, biceps, and back/traps. Upper pecs is also an area I need to improve on.
Does strength training/explosive training have a place in building mass in your opinion? Or should I only train like I’ve been spinning with more traditional bodybuilding methods?
This will be a controversial question but I’ll still try and ask. I made some calculations, and if I spend € 400 I will be able to buy a 5-week supply of Plazma, micro-PA, and Indigo-3g. Is it worth it to spend this money (which for me is currently quite a high price) to get more out of my next mass phase?
I’m thinking of spending the summer training for mass, so eating a surplus but not so high that I gain much fat, then on August do a 4 week cut, and then starting September train for hypertrophy up until April. I would like your take on how to best use this time. As I mentioned, I would like to fit in a couple of spec phases to add muscles in specifically some places, and I need a solid program to follow, and you sure know how to do all of this. So any suggestions?
Excuse me for the long post, I just really felt like including some details.
Hope you find the time to read it all, and THANK YOU for all the advice you’ve been giving to me so far.