Originally Posted by KingJulien
I'm not surprised you get burned out sometimes since it sounds like you're working out 2.5 hours pretty regularly. Sometimes if I'm feeling like shit I'll just get in there, do the two compound lifts for the day (so squat and press or whatever), and leave.
Yeah, but I'm only lift 3 days a week now and have have no time to do any cardio or the like. I'm inactive outside of lifting and don't have any really stressful things going on outside of school. But yeah, I've noticed I need to get more sleep nowadays. It would be a lot more taxing to lift like I do if I would still be living like I did when I was 15-18.
Originally Posted by Cool The Kid
It's not that bad. If there's one thing this bulk has taught me, it's that I'm a legit hard gainer. When wifey and I went to Europe for a 2 week honeymoon I lost ~10lbs. Hell we went to see her inlaws for the week of Xmas and with not counting calories and avoiding shitty fast food I dropped 5lbs. Getting all my calories in is a struggle, TBH. So I'm just carbed the fuck up and carrying a lot of water. I feel like I could drop 10-15lbs the first month w/o ill effect. Then from there it's 35-40lbs for the year. I've been averaging 3lb/month on this gain, and I'm hoping to increase all my big lifts by 50% (MP: 3x5x145, BP: 3x5x225, squat: 3x5x295, sumo DL: 3x5x375) over the next 11 months. So I'll be ~245 or so at the end of the year, and then will cut down to ~195 or so through 2015. Then from there I can "lean gain" and just trim or whatever as necessary. Be done with it. Any cutting from here on is just going to interfere with reaching my strength goals as quickly as possible, so I'm not going to bother. This is the fastest route to my goal. The only challenge will be managing the cut without doing metabolic damage.. but I'll manage.
Some people certainly do have a harder time putting on mass due to genetics, but its still not hard to eat. What's your calorie goal for the day? Anything under 4000 is not hard at all and I doubt you need more than that. If you split it up over the day and don't eat a ton of filling stuff, its not hard to get 4000 down. Carbs are probably the easiest to overeat too. I eat 600g or more on my lifting days, a full pound of white rice (uncooked weight) post workout split in two meals.
On paper, its a good plan to bulk up once, cut and then "lean gain" from there. I don't know if its very good in reality though. 245 would be pretty fat on your frame if I remember your height correctly. I just think think there's a big risk the health goes downhill at the end of that kind of bulk and that you pile on a bunch of unnecessary fat, point of diminishing returns you know. Also believe there's a big risk that you resort to shitty fast food when you're at 225+ and trying to gain weight if you're not used to eating that much.