I've been running starting strength for nearly 3 months now and have gained close to 20 pounds. I'm a little concerned that I'm gaining too much weight.
Initially I had planned on just gaining and getting stronger and then cutting down on my fat before summer but recently I read an article on T-nation talking about the cons to the bulking/cutting routine. It basically advocated gaining weight slowly, going along with the maximum rate your body can create muscle, which is about 1-2 pounds per month.
I feel I should probably slow down on the weight gaining and focus on gaining 1-2 pounds a month and just trying to get stronger but don't want that to hinder my strength gains. Any advice?
01-13-2011, 12:06 AM #1
Gain too much weight from Starting Strength
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When I first did a bodyfat composition test, with one of those handheld impedence readers, it said I was 4.9% bf, that was right when I started SS. I weigh 171 today and the reader says I'm at 7.5%. But that thing has a margin of error of up to 5% and I did that today after working out, which throws it off.
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01-13-2011, 12:41 AM #10
ur squat went from 135 to 210 in only 3 months? thats like 36 lifting days for 3 months.
u only gained 70 lbs in 36 lifting days. . .something aint right yo.
u should done that in 1 month. if u add 10 every time
and if u do stall lets say at 195 thats only like 3 more days for u try it out before u deload and reset. and that only would be another week. and with proper resting.
and the squat is your main calorie killer. If u aren't squating right/deep enough and u arent progressing in weight enough. ur bodys not growing so the calories go nowhere but fat. as for 4% to 7% that is only about 5 lbs of fat. and 15 lbs of muscle. That is not bad for a person bulking.
i would just try and eat cleaner if ur worried man. the mass gainer is fine. But mass gainers are just full of sugars, thats where the calories come from. Like premade carbogain with ON whey.
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Those gains are pretty solid, bad knee and all. Gladiator, I salute you!
I would keep doing SS until you plateau completely. Take a week off after all gains have stopped and reassess. If you have to cut down a bit on the calories then do so, but from the look of your avi you haven't gained all that much fat.
The other thing to consider is your age. Over time and with good nutrition (i.e. no junk) you'll put on more weight. Ideally, if you can keep a 75/25 ratio of muscle to fat (or higher on the muscle gain) then you're doing alright. By all means, film your squat and put the vid for assessment. Don't worry so much about the numbers; form is #1 to consider and you don't want another injury. You're doing okay for now, so stick with it."Don't call me Miss Kitty. Just...don't."--Catnip
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That TNation article does not apply to noob gains, which is what you're getting. As I recall the author is referring to people on a more intermediate level who bulk up to serious bf% in the hopes of gaining as much muscle as possible when in reality they won't be gaining necessarily any more muscle than someone who gains more slowly with a more intelligent diet.Student.
Currently in the midst of a mac and cheese + hamburger helper bulk. Come at me, bodyfat.
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