You’ve been thinking about starting a prohormone cycle. You want to make lean muscle gains,
or maybe you’re aiming for maximum fat loss. Yet, you have no idea where to start, or even if it’s
a good idea at all? This is what goes through the minds of many guys when they look in to beginning a
cycle. There can be a lot of information to take in, and most of the time planning a pro-hormone cycle
can be so complicated that it puts the beginner off.
You’ve been thinking about starting a prohormone cycle. You want to make lean muscle gains, or maybe you’re aiming for maximum fat loss. Yet, you have no idea where to start, or even if it’s a good idea at all? This is what goes through the minds of many guys when they look in to beginning a cycle. There can be a lot of information to take in, and most of the time planning a pro-hormone cycle can be so complicated that it puts the beginner off.
What’s a Hardgainer?
The popular definition of a hardgainer is a person that works out hard with weights but has a hard time putting on muscle. Six weeks of working out can go by and no significant changes in muscle size are noted other than perhaps a bit of an increase in muscle tone. According to this popular definition of a hardgainer, all of us are "hardgainers" because for the most part, putting on muscle is not an easy endeavor. The easiest period to gain muscle is during puberty. After that, gaining muscle becomes progressively harder as we age due to the fact that hormonal production starts declining between the ages of 25 and 30.
Mass Building Training Principles For Hardgainers
There are many mass building training principles that hardgainers need to follow in order to get results from their bodybuilding training routines. Because of the hardgainer's fast metabolic rate, not all bodybuilding routines are suitable for this type.
100lbs + in 6 months, is very possible if you follow this program as it is written. The amount you are benching now, determines how much you will increase your bench press on this program. Someone benching 425 pounds at start is going to increase their bench more than someone starting at 225 pounds. If you rarely bench with reps below 10, this program may take some time to get use to. If you shift your thinking and training from size gains to strength gains you will notice thicker, harder muscles. When benching, do not focus on growing; focus of strength gains. The size will come. Any one benching 405lbs for reps isn't walking around the gym with a bird chest!Read More
By Andrew McInroy, B. Sc. Nutrition
MMA, Cross-fit and other strength-endurance sports are much different than bodybuilding and power lifting. In strength-endurance sports you burn a ton of calories, lose electrolytes, work all muscle groups, and the joints take a beating. If you want to perform at your best for these sports you will need proper nutrition and proper supplementation.Read More
You dont have to take supplements - you can build muscle without them. What supplements can do, however, is make your results come faster which can keep you motivated. Supplements should not be relied on for making gains but they can give you a mental and physical edge.Read More
Several years ago, I provided a brief overview of strength training for boxers. It was a basic summary, which was unfortunately misquoted and often misinterpreted. Due to the continued confusion, I have created this article to address several important topics. There are those who continue to despise the thought of strength training for competitive fighters. This article will shed light on this often-debated topic. The material presented herein is not specific to any fighting style. The focus of this article is strength training for the combat athlete.Read More
If your goal is to put on as much mass as your genetics will allow, consider the following. First off, in order to gain muscle you may also need to gain some fat. This may sound discouraging but there are ways to keep the fat weight to a minimum. Get yourself in tune to eating about 500 calories more each day, and be sure to spread meals out to 5 or 6 daily. Be careful though, most athletes try to get these extra calories through fat sources. It's best to get these calories predominantly from lean sources of protein (e.g. chicken, whey protein, etc.), with some complex carbohydrate and essential fats thrown in the mix. Make sure the extra calories are coming from the recommended percentages of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. An increase in body weight of roughly 0.5 to 1.0lbs. per week is a reasonable goal. Anymore weight gain than that and you're risking the dreaded spare tire.Read More