I’ve been bulking for almost three weeks, and so far I’m pretty happy with what I’ve been seeing. I’ve added some weight, added very little fat, several muscle groups have increased in size, my strength is up and my energy levels are up. Let’s go over the raw data…
First, since October 1, 2007 I’ve added 4.8 pounds (I started my bulk at 191.2 pounds, today I’m at 196 pounds). My body fat has only increased slightly from 8.8% to 9.1% (as measured using a 7-site pinch test with the FatTrack PRO Digital Body Fat Calipers from the JSF Amazon Mall). That’s only about one pound of added fat – not bad at all. That means the other 3.8 pounds I’ve added is lean mass. Of course lean mass includes water, and some of that weight is certainly water weight gain – not surprising considering my increased carbohydrate intake. Heck, if I’ve put on 2 pounds of muscle in just 3 weeks, that’s quite good.
Moving on to my actual tape measurements, since the start of my bulk on October 1st I’ve added a quarter inch to my waist (the first place fat goes on my body), while my hip measurement has remained stable at 37.5 inches. My forearms, arms, calves and chest have all seen quarter inch gains. In fact, this morning my arms were very close to a half inch gain – that’s muscle memory for you. You may recall that I did not directly work my arms all summer long (I was focusing on big compound moves and strength building), and by the end of the summer my arms had lost a bit of size (down to 16.5 inches, cold/unpumped). This morning they were just shy of 17 inches (cold/unpumped). I’m very surprised that my quads have not increased in size, as they normally grow if I even look at a squat rack. I’m sure after another week of “intensity” workouts they’ll start to see some solid gains.
I’ve got a couple days off from training, and I’m going to need the rest: next week is an “intensity” week, and my workouts are going to be brutal. I can’t wait!
Today is my weekly cheat meal, and we’re also having some family over. It should be a very fun day: first we’re all going to drive out to the new house and get some pictures. As always, I’ll be updating my construction journal (an upgraded forum membership is required) when we return home. After that we’re going to watch a movie (probably “Transformers”, in HD!) and hang out. This evening I’ll be making burgers on the grill for everyone, and I may even enjoy a little ice cream and cake for dessert.
Thanks for stopping by – enjoy your day!