A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
As you can see, these are pretty crazy before/after pictures. Ones that will be touted as steroid induced, photo shopped, or any other mechanism that internet trolls want to suggest. But it was real, it was natty, and it was awesome. I gained back most of the weight I had lost and then some.
Now, here’s where things get really cool when we looked at the results from the other trainers and the study overall:
- I gained the most weight out of everyone even though everyone followed the same protocol – genetics matter.
- One trainer lost 3% body fat while doing this, which goes to show how much activity you can accumulate during 3 hours sessions and being on your feet working all day.
- ALL of us gained a ton of muscle and strength.
- All trainers put at least 40lbs on their bench press.
- Everyone hit all-time PRs for Bench, Squat, & Deadlift by the end of the cycle in spite of the fact that we weren’t training heavy deadlifts or squats directly.
- Leg Presses will build up your squatting ability without really squatting (I don’t consider 3 sets with 60% a lot of squatting), which is very out-of-fashion in the strength world to say. Leg Pressing works to build stronger legs.
- 800g carbs/day = 4-5 bowel movements/day, regular night and day sweats (male menopause), and pretty regular feelings of nausea from fullness. This was truly force feeding.
Most won’t believe me and I’m sure many will say no one can recover from all this volume naturally but it’s obvious that you can so you need to change your mindset about what you think is possible. I am also not saying this is sustainable, I am just saying it worked for the brief 6 week stint.
This was eye-opening to me because it just shows how capable the human body is at adapting to new stressors. I went from one 60 minute workout per week to 6 workouts a week for 3 hours a day basically overnight. I was at such low volume because I had just opened a second gym and that took up most of my free time.
However, it tends to reinforce many of the beliefs I already had about training – most of the growth in my life has not happened over long periods of time, but in short bursts followed by long periods of maintenance. Not to mention my stance on hypertrophy: if you want to train something to grow, train it hard, almost every day, and I promise it will grow. Some people may respond better than others, but at the end of the day, you’ll respond more than you would have with less volume.
Silencing the Critics
I originally formulated this programming after coming across the following conclusion: if you’re stuck in the gym and haven’t seen any gains in a long time, maybe you aren’t at your genetic potential, maybe you’re just not trying hard enough.
I thought I was at my genetic potential at 170@6% body fat which is where I stayed for almost 3 years barely improving on my lifts. I thought that was it, and it would be a couple pounds a year from there on out.
I was okay with it, I just thought that that was life. I thought I had pretty good genetics and good work ethic, but nothing crazy. I had started at 132, so I figured I had really milked out all gainz that my frame could carry.
But I was wrong, I was so incredibly wrong. And as soon as I shifted my view of “acceptable” volume and my genetic potential, I began to grow, and grow fast. People now call me a genetic freak.
I genuinely believe it’s all in your mind. There have been some studies conducted on athletes who are told they’re being given a new legal steroid and triple their gains in weeks depsite the fact they were merely taking a placebo sugar pill. Needless to say, the power of belief is huge.
Now, whenever I start any program, I tell myself I am going to respond to this better than anyone because I have superhuman genetics. My genetics are crazy, and you know what happens, I do gain more. But that never used to happen. I got realistic results, and mostly, because I expected realistic results.
Expect great things, and you will see what you are capable of. Run the program 6 days a week and just try to eat 800g of carbs daily and you’ll soon see just how much of a challenge it is. You’ll be amazed the progress you can make if you actually decide to give it your all and make no exceptions.