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Weekly stats, past four weeks in review.

Sunday, October 26, 2008 by  
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I’ve now completed four weeks of my bulk, so I want to look at how I’ve progressed over the past four weeks. It’s also Sunday, and time for my weekly measurements and body fat reading!

My scale weight this morning is 203.4 pounds, which is a 1.6 pound gain over the past week. So far on this bulk I’ve gained a total of 8.4 pounds in 4 weeks. I’ve been subtracting 3 pounds as the approximate amount of water weight I quickly gained from the creatine, so that leaves me with an average of a 1.35 pound gain per week. Even with the effects of muscle memory playing a role, it’s very unlikely that I am gaining lean mass at that rate; still my body fat reading did not change for the first three weeks. Looking in the mirror this morning it looks like I may have put on a little fat around my waist, so I expect this week’s body fat reading and tape measurements to reflect that. Let’s move on to the rest of the data and see…

My body fat reading this morning is 12.0% (as measured by the Fat Track PRO Digital Body Fat Calipers). That’s just a couple 10ths of a point higher than last week’s reading. I sure expected it to be higher, but we took the reading twice: 11.9% and 12.0%.

This week’s tape measurements (as measured by the MyoTape) have me very excited! Over the past week I’ve gained a whopping half inch on my chest measurement (I measured 3 times because I couldn’t believe it), a quarter inch on my quads, a quarter inch on my calves and a quarter inch on my forearms. My arm measurement remains unchanged. My hip measurement is also the same as last week, and I’ve added a quarter inch to my waist.

So, over the past four weeks I’ve added a quarter inch to my forearms, a half inch to my arms, three quarters of an inch to my quads, a half inch to my calves and a full inch to my chest. My waist and hips have only increased a half inch each.

After I took my chest measurement (3 times), I said to Lisa as I stood in a front of her in a “relaxed” pose, “Does my chest look noticeably bigger to you?” She said, “Maybe, but your lats look huge!” I looked in the mirror and I think she’s right: my lats have shown some significant widening for sure, and that’s positively affecting my chest measurement.

All my stats, past and present, can always be found on the stats page.

I’m very, very pleased with how the first 4 weeks of my bulk have gone. I’ve made some very nice gains, kept fat gains to a minimum and my strength is way up compared to a month ago. I’ve been working my butt off, but I know I can do even better. I’m going to make the next four weeks my best yet!

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