[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
If a skinny guy’s goals are “making the most gains possible” and “really making people move out of the way when he walks in a room”, then yes, they’ll have to focus on gaining bodyweight.
What exactly is the question?
Exactly that. I see many posts telling people to avoid the scale or to ignore the weight and just look in the mirror.
I am just making it clear that yes, working on gaining body weight should be a goal in itself along with making sure most of it is muscle. There seem to be some who make anything much over 200lbs lately seem like nothing but fat gain.
I am asking for those who got big to speak up on how they did it also.
The more specific someone can make their goals, the better. This makes hypothetical situations tricky, but I’d say it’s especially important for beginners. Do they want to weigh 220? Do they want to see a 4-pack? Do they want to squat 495? The best path towards those are going to be different.[/quote]
Exactly…and deciding what those goals are is what this is about.
I could see a newb being confused by some statements lately as if there are only two goals…lean and ripped or fat. The truth is, individual goals are not that black and white.
With that in mind, someone setting out to “see a 4 pack” would be approaching this wrong. I don’t have that as a goal. My goal will be to get leaner than I am now…but these are short term goals all leading to the end result.
That is why I didn’t like how people were representing the “full house” look or anyone who said they were ok with that.
I am only ok with that at times…and that is a decision based off of years of serious training where I know what condition I progress the most in. I don’t think anyone is recommending someone accept a certain body fat percentage aside from what they feel most comfortable at and see the most progress at.