[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
your bench stagnated, your deadlift went up 10lbs[/quote]
That’s what I thought at first too, but I didn’t see the “1RM and 5RM” on first read. So he’s repping his former 1RM.
One more thing I would say, though, is to keep an eye on monitoring fat gain from here on out.
Not sure exactly what you think 12% looks like, but it sounds like the abs should be just about disappearing by now, depending on the time of day. You started off really lean, so you had some wiggle room. And it sounds like you’re definitely not fat now, but just make sure you’re not going overboard.
You’re tall and still have a ways to go, so you should be able to put on more size without gaining a ton more fat. Plenty of quality protein everyday is key to that, not just getting calories from carbs or fat.[/quote]
Ok, cool. I’m happy with the gains so far but I also know there is a limit to beginner gains and I can’t just force feed growth forever.
You’re correct on the ab visibility. They are visible in the morning, usually too bloated at night to be noticeable. So I think 12% is pretty accurate. I don’t care to go much higher than 12%.
I’ll be honest, I’m not the type of person that feels sick after eating 3,000 calories in a day. I can absolutely crush food, especially after lifting. I eat healthy, nutrient dense foods, just a lot of them. Dropping my calories a little bit could be challenging, especially because I feel like my metabolism has really sped up since I’ve been gaining, but I think I’ll be lowering my intake a bit just to mitigate any sloppiness.
One tactic I’ve employed to gain weight is to eat a large meal before bed. In your experience, do you think that either eliminating or shrinking this meal would help in keeping fat gain at bay? I’m definitely not looking to cut or drop weight, but I think trying to hold this weight for a while might be beneficial. Thanks a lot for your reply.
How active are you now outside of lifting?
If you wanna try to slow the weight/fat gain but still keep progress I would add in A LITTLE more activity before I would curb calories. That’s just my preference though. I’m about the same size of you and have noticed 3,000 to be a real good number for size gains. If going for size, I think you’d be much better off hitting 3,000 a day and getting in two HIIT/walking sessions a week versus 2,500 calories a day and just lifting. [/quote]
I’m pretty active outside of lifting. I am using Westside for Skinny Bastards part III, so I lift 4x/week. I run interval sprints on the track twice a week, and push the prowler once a week.
I’ve actually been eating about 4,000cal/day during my bulk. I have a pretty fast metabolism, and combined with the conditioning and lifting, I need a pretty substantial amount of calories to grow. I agree with you 100% though, the added conditioning work certainly helps with minimizing the fat gain.