Hardgainer's Clean Bulking Log
- 02-08-2013, 09:46 AM
Did a quick weigh in today seeing that we are heading into the weekend.
Scale read 159.5
1.5 lb loss.
I weighed myself 3 times. Not sure what's going on. Definitely feel the workouts are hard. Macros are being met. Only variables are that I've put in some long hours this week at work and I had one workout in the AM before work.
Hopefully it's a blip. But I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a bit disappointed. If it stays the same by Sunday, calories will be increased.
- 02-10-2013, 10:18 AM
Since i lost weight i went ahead and increased cals to 4200 yesterday.
Weighed in this morning at 159.0
Loss of 0.5 lbs
Had another AM workout yesterday, so it seems like that boosts my metabolism for the rest of the day. I'm also crapping a whole lot more than i was the first month and a half of my bulk. Not sure why the sudden change.
Plan for the week:
- continue AM workouts
- increase cals to 4200 on rest days
- increase cals to 4400 on lift days
Current macros are about 50% carbs 30% pro 20% fats
It will be a struggle for me getting all that in before 9:30pm. I just ordered a sleep supp that will work better on an empty stomach.
02-11-2013, 05:27 PM
02-14-2013, 12:57 PM
02-15-2013, 03:02 PM
Fueled - my workouts have always been based on increasing weights / reps. When I plateau, I change things up a bit (exercises, rep tempo, rep range, etc). So I'm not just doing the same routine day in and day out. Having said that, I am willing to give a more structured program a try. I am looking into Wendler's 5-3-1 program since it is easier to follow and I can easily transition to it.
I know strength and size go hand in hand, but my question is should I follow a strength program, when my main goal is hypertrophy? I've noticed better results when I keep my reps between 6 and 10.
02-15-2013, 03:29 PM
Pure powerlifting style is what I'm trying now. Actually, its kinda both powerlifting and bodybuilding. It's Powerbuilding to be exact. My main workout is a core movement like squats in which I perform 7 sets of 2 reps then I move to leg press or something of that nature and pump out 5 sets in the 6-10 rep range.
Previously, I had always had more reps than I did sets. Now I've flipped it, which is now more sets than reps. The difference? Before, I was squatting between 225 - 275lbs, and getting a hardcore cardio session (burning a ton of calories). Now, I'm training in the 275 - 350lbs range for squats and in a fairly calm manner. I like it for a change of pace. It really is a lot easier for me to lift big and take my time rather than blowing through a workout at 75% throttle.
So you could say I went from a circuit track to a drag strip. Balls-to-the-wall, 10 seconds at a time...
02-19-2013, 06:51 PM
Unfortunately, i've been forced to take a short break. My mom has been in the hospital since last week. I was able to squeeze a workout in on Saturday but not sure if it was even worth it since i have not had a decent nights rest and its been hard to follow my meal plans. I'm not tracking macros so not sure whether i'm at maintenance. On a positive note, the hospital food is pretty damn good!! Or maybe my cooking has no taste
I lost a bit of motivation at first. TBH, even before the hospital stay. Guess i needed a break from eating so much of the same foods. But i'm feeling anxious to pick it up where i left off.
So hopefully my mom will get better soon and be discharged. When she does, I'll start 5-3-1 and throw in some cardio once a week.
02-22-2013, 06:44 PM
shoot for more quantity- "clean" gains are myth perpetuated by supplement compnaies, unless you want to devote 9 months or more to gaining 10lbs of "muscle" only... just focus on getting bigger, then let your metabolism due the work of cleaning you up.
02-22-2013, 07:20 PM
I have never cut so my concern is adding too much fat too fast and then screwing up my gains when its time to lose the fat.
Correction - my only experience with cutting was when my wife was trying to lose her pregnancy weight. Did the south beach diet. Worked fairly well.
02-24-2013, 10:37 AM
Mom was just discharged last night from the hospital. Today is the bday party for my youngest so the wifey will have me working all day.
I was thinking of starting up again tomorrow, but by the end of the day, i'll probably be completely beat up.
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