Day 1191: End of Mission 6

Day 1191

Today is the start of the one-week rest period at the end of my current program, which is the Huge in a Hurry “Get Big”  program.  I measured my weight this morning and got the following:

Date Body Mass (kg) Body Fat % Fat Mass (kg) Lean Mass
Start of Mission 5 2010-08-07 73.8 14.3 10.5 63.3
End of Mission 5 2011-04-09 67.0 8.4 5.6 61.4
End of Mission 6 2011-10-17 71.3 11.6 8.3 63.0

So it looks like I gained back most of the lean mass I had before I started my last leaning phase, but I also gained more than half of the fat back! I have to review what I did during this last program and determine what I need to adjust in order to gain muscle without gaining too much fat back.  I checked with the guru of fat loss himself, Tom Venuto, on building muscle without gaining fat.  I admit that I didn’t count calories during this phase and tried to play it by ear.  I think I may have gotten too aggressive with eating, so it’s either I try to cut back a little bit next time I go on a mass-building phase, or add some cardio to burn off the excess.

This rest period should allow me to plan my next attack!

Day 1112: My 32nd Birthday Update

Day 1112

I’m currently on Phase 2 of Chad Waterbury’s Huge in a Hurry “Get Big” program.  I like how the program’s focus on lifting fast and with whole-body coverage every workout.

I decided today, on my 32nd birthday, to just take a milestone, for tracking my year-to-year progress.  I admit, I haven’t been taking progress pics nor bodyfat measurements lately, since I have been trying to focus on gaining lean muscle mass.  Training is a blast, but my nutrition and supplementation could be improved.  Tight finances mean that I have not been able to but my regular protein powder for use after my training sessions.

Right now I am at around 70kg at a height of 1.68 metres.  I haven’t measured with my calipers yet.  I’ll reserve that for when I finish Phase 3.

Day 1112 - Front Day 1112 - Back Day 1112 - Side

Day 1043: Precision Nutrition Result and Plans for the Future

Day 1043

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been months since I updated my blog!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I participated in Precision Nutrition’s Lean Eating Program.  The program uses it’s own web application where you are asked to log on every day.  In addition to the training plan for the day, on most days, there are lessons for you to read on nutrition, training, and building good habits to practice on the road to becoming self-sufficient.  The website also tracks your adherence to the training program and habits which you are asked to practice.  Since I was already logging my progress on the Lean Eating Program website, I felt that I didn’t need to do my own logging/blogging, which explains my extended absence.

When signing up for the Lean Eating Program, they ask you for a minimum commitment of 6 months, in order to give yourself time to build the habits that will get you on the right track for life.  I stayed with the program for a total of 96 weeks, and I had some pretty good results with it.  There were times when I had to take a break for travel, and times when I got sick, but I got back as soon as I was able.  When I get more time, on my next post I will post the results of my last training phase.

After I opted out of the Lean Eating Program, I began looking for my next one.  First on my trial list was Chad Waterbury’s Huge In a Hurry, which is one of several books that I have collected in my fitness library.  As preparation for the main part of the program, there is a four-week familiarization phase (“Get Ready”) in which one gets familiar with how the training program works.  Unfortunately, during the very first session, I aggravated a shoulder injury that I got during the end of my last program (while doing overhead squats with a little too much weight), which resulted in my having to totally lay off from training for two weeks in order for my shoulder to recover.

Since returning to training four weeks ago, I have been slowly building back the pain-free range of motion, continuing the “Get Ready” phase while watching out for pain in the shoulder.  However, on the next two weeks, I am going with my family to visit relatives on another island down south.  At the moment, I just finished packing my bags!  When I get back from travel I’ll be raching to go back into the gym to train again!