When I first started lifting I was a skinny 128 pounds and couldn’t gain weight to save my life. Or so I thought.
All the muscle magazines were putting out double split routines and touting the latest wonder supplements. It actually wasn’t as bad back then as it is now but you still thought there was a magic pill out there. I trained my butt off doing 15-20 sets per bodypart and trying to hit each bodypart twice a week. It was working for all the bodybuilding superstars, but it wasn’t working for me. Adding in some weight gain shakes started to make a difference in the form of post workout nutrition but other than that, the fancy supplements were just too expensive to keep going.
Then one day I picked up magazine that had an add for a routine that emphasized a full body workout 2-3 times per week and enormous amounts of eating. No supplements were sold or pushed. They just wanted to to progressively increase the weights on your squats, deadlifts and benches. That an drink a gallon of milk a day and eat a ton of food.
I started this and gave it my all. I ate foot long subs and drank a litre of milk at meals and did that several times a day. I would drink a litre of milk between every second class and before I got on the bus to go home. Every workout my squat went up by 5 pounds no matter how long I had to stay under the bar. The set could last five minutes, it didn’t matter. I was going to go heavier than the previous time under the bar.
All my other lifts got the same treatment but the squat was my main mental focus. The benches, chins and dips were secondary. Every couple of months I would come off the squats and replace it with heavy deadlifts and put the squats in second place.
Things like curls and pushdowns didn’t even enter the picture. Every now and then I wouldn’t be able to contain myself and I’d throw in two sets of each but I tried to conserve the energy for growing instead of burning it away on such small impact exercises.
Did it work? Yes. In one school year I went from 128 pounds to just over 170 pounds without drugs and training at the most 3 times a week. I even got onto the football team. That muscle weight has stayed with me ever since, unless I started training really stupidly. It’s stayed with me now for over ten years and every time I cut through the misinformation and get back to basics, the results start up again.
If you want to gain muscular weight, I have only two tips for you. Eat real unprocessed food until you can’t eat anymore and lift as heavy as you can and work harder and harder, with more intensity each week. That’s all there is to it. Honestly. Anything else is just something to sell you.
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