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How to Gain 20lbs of Muscle in 60 Days

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My Transformation

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Disclaimer: No links in this article are affiliated. I am not a health and nutrition professional.  This post is meant to describe my experiences.  Please consult your physician before starting a diet, supplementation, and exercise routine.

Life Destiny Direction

Sorry for my recent absence from the blogging world.  Many changes in my life as a recent college graduate as well as physical changes as you can note from the pictures.

I wanted to come back strong to the blogging community to give you a sense of the direction I plan on going with LifeDestiny.net.  When I first started Life Destiny it was to chronicle my journey in Personal Development, including health and nutrition and lifestyle design.  I then switched to a more entrepreneurial and social media approach.  I plan on touching back onto the topic of more of Personal Development in the following months with some entrepreneurial spirit thrown in here and their for good balance.

Anyways onto the good stuff…

How to Gain 20lbs of Muscle in 60 Days

Females looking to lean up can also read this article as it applies to losing bodyfat as much as building lean muscle mass.

Seeing as some of my more popular posts here on Life Destiny have been on the topics of health and nutrition and also the fact that I am on a major health, fitness, and nutrition binge, I felt it is a good time to give a pretty in-depth guide on achieving the results you desire for your body recomposition goals.

The following is my account and experience of how I gained 20lbs of lean muscle mass in 60 days.

Where I Was

High School: Sat around a husky 145lbs-160lbs. I am only standing around 5′6″ on a good day so my weight is not around someone standing at 6′5″. I was involved with football, baseball, and sporadic weight training for most of my high school years.

College: In college I maintained pretty good body composition and health through my freshmen year. However sophomore year I started packing on really bad fat and this continued throughout most of my post-sophomore year (lol, should’ve been a Jr. by then but transferring did some damage). During the spring of my post-sophomore year I was in better shape and started dropping fat as well as bringing up lean muscle mass. This is also when I decided to join Penn State Cheerleading. So throughout my junior year I was in somewhat decent shape due to cheerleading and some more weight training.

6 Months Ago: I trekked onto eating Paleo Nutrition wise with NO weight training or exercise. Lost about 35-40lbs with a lot of it muscle. You can see the first picture at the top, that is where I was from about January to April. Sitting around 140lbs.

3 Months Ago: Started getting heavily involved in sculpting my body through one of my lost passions, strength training, using the good old fashioned cold-steel barbell. I used to have a strong base like I mentioned earlier and also knew a good bit about strength training through various programs throughout high school and college.

Decided to enhance my knowledge by reading the books and blogs listing below Further Resources.

Where I Am:

Basically I had a solid muscle base standing around 5′6″ at 165-170lbs for a majority of my high school through collegiate career.

Currently: I am now sitting at 165lbs at probably around 11-13% bodyfat (though 2 different calipars show slightly lower using the 3-point Jackson-Pollock Method). Upper 4 abs are visible but working on the bottom ones at the moment (sometimes visible after a workout of heavy squats or deadlifts).

Since implementing many of the things below, my strength and weight has shot up through the roof while bodyfat is staying roughly the same and probably even dropping some.

Where I Want To Be?

This post is about my experience but to keep my honest and to track my progress here on Life Destiny in the following months I will tell you where I want to be.

Because I am gaining my strength, weight, and muscle back quickly, I find it is really hard for me to put a number on where I want to be by the end of August 31st. I would like to continue packing on muscle and slowly lowering bodyfat percentage by eating significantly over my maintenance calories while implementing my current exercise and nutrition routine.

I think an achievable goal would be something along the lines of 170lbs at 8-10% bodyfat or less (assuming I am currently around 11-13%) by August 31st.

Goals

One of the first things you should do before you set out for your body recomposition is determining your goals.  What do you want to look like? What bodyfat percentage? What weight?  Any strength goals?  Cardiovascular goals? etc..

My goals were quite simple, they actually went against the basic SMART goals of Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Honestly, I just wanted to get stronger and lose some bodyfat in the process, thats it.

1. Gain lean muscle mass – Putting a number on this would’ve hindered my progress
2. Slowly lower bodyfat percentage

It is important to determine why you want to set out on a body transformation in the first place.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Before you start your transformation, I suggest doing a body composition audit with some Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Below is what I kept track of throughout my transformation.

Start Date: April 23, 2010

The first thing I did once I decided on my goals about 3 months ago was to take an audit of my body composition.  In order to keep things simple here are the things I measured and kept track of WEEK to WEEK throughout my muscle mass transformation:

Bodyweight: Though I believe this is not really important as you can be 5′6″, 200lbs at 6% bodyfat or you can be 5′6″ 200lbs at almost 50% bodyfat and the two look completely different. Started: 140lbs. Current: 164lbs

Bodyfat %: Though it may not be entirely accurate, using two different bodyfat calipars and the Jackson-Pollock 3 Point Method will determine if you are gaining or dropping bodyfat.  Started: around 13-14%, Currently: 11-13% (though calipars show less). Started: 13-15%. Current: 11-13%

Mirror: It does not lie.

Progress Pictures: As seen above with more to come.

Strength: By using the iFitness iPhone application track my workout volumes and intensities

These KPIs determined if I should adjust calories/macros from week to week.

Nutrition

As many of you who followed (or used to) follow my writings here at Life Destiny know, I used to follow a Paleo Nutrition lifestyle.

At the moment I am currently not following Paleo Nutrition to the fullest extent. The reason for this is I currently can not afford to maintain the guidelines of the diet (such as organic foods, grassfed beef, free-range chicken and eggs, etc..) in terms of both money and also due to the fact that I actually lost too much weight on it, and currently working on getting some strength and weight gain back in which grains works well for me. I used to believe I was carb sensitive (insulin resistant), but I just was not living a healthy lifestyle.

However, that is not to say that the Paleo Diet is an excellent nutrition lifestyle to follow and not only did I lose weight on it, I felt on top of the world as in my general mood/health. It is something I try to stick to while in my strength/weight gaining phase and plan on getting back on the fundamentals of it whenever possible.

Determining Daily Caloric Intake
It is important to understand and know the amount of calories you would need in order to maintain your current weight. This is importance because it gives you a baseline of calories and you can adjust depending on your goals. Below is what I did in order to best determine this estimation using some formulas.

The first thing I did nutrition wise once I decided on my goals a few months ago was determining my maintence calories, that is, the calories I would need to eat to maintain my weight.

To do this I highly recommend going here. Go through the instructions to determine your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and then I recommend following the Katch-McArdle Forumula Method in order to ESTIMATE your maintenance calories.

Once you have this ESTIMATION in mind, I suggest following it to a T for one week and then take your KPIs once again. If the estimation is about on, your KPIs should be roughly the same.

  • To gain weight: Add 10-20% more calories or roughly 500-1000+ calories.
  • To lose weight: Subtract 10-20% calories from maintenance or roughly 500 to NO MORE than 1,000 calories (unless you want to lose your hard earned and good looking muscle with your fat, which I did about 3 to 6 months ago).

I adjusted my calories weekly based on my KPIs, adding 500 each week starting at 2,500 calories and ending once I reached a nice sweet spot of around 5,000 calories, occasionally going 5,500-6,000 calories on intense workout days/cheat days, for a nice ratio of lean muscle mass/strength to bodyfat ratio (almost none).  Keep in mind, I did a heavy strength training routine that I outlined below with little cardio added in to keep bodyfat down.

It is important you adjust the calories you consume based on your measured KPIs.  It is important understanding and knowing your body more than what I or anyone else tells you. DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!

General Guidelines/Macro Nutrient Breakdowns
Along with following Intermittent Fasting here are some more general guidelines I followed in my quest for muscle mass and continue to follow:

  • Cheat whenever your physically or mentally need it – Which turned out to be about 2-3 times a week mainly in the form of whole pizzas, DP Dough Calzones, ice cream and cookies (yummm)
  • Up calories/carbs whenever felt lethargic
  • Workout days: High Carb (40-50%), High Protein (40-45%), Low Fat (20%)
  • Off-Days: Low Carb (20%), High Protein (40-45%), High Fat (40-50%)
  • Adjust calories based on weight gain/loss, bodyfat gain/loss, and mirror

Thats about it.  I think we tend to overcomplicate things and I know I used to be guilty of doing that.

Food Sources
Protein Sources (40-45% on all days):

  • Chicken
  • Beef (all sorts)
  • Eggs (whole and whites)
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Whey protein isolate
  • Casein/whey protein blend
  • Egg/victoria milk protein (80% casein, 20% whey) night time shake blend
  • Beef jerky
  • Cottage Cheese

Carbs (40-50% on workout days, lower on off days):
Simple carbs mainly postworkout.

  • Plain bagels
  • Pudding
  • Milk (lactose)
  • Cereals such as Cinnabon, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp, etc..,
  • Oat bran
  • Omega 3, 12 Grain Bagels
  • Pasta
  • Fruits
  • Veggies

Fat (20-25% on workout days, as high as possible on off days):

  • Almond Butter
  • Almonds
  • Coconut Oil
  • Fish Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Plus whatever I get from protein sources

Intermittent Fasting:
I can 100 percent back up the benefits of Intermittent Fasting (large part in thanks to Martin Berkhan’s writings at LeanGains.com). My general health and the excellent nutrient repartitioning effects of consuming a LARGE postworkout meal have truly changed my muscle mass and body to the fullest extent imaginable to me. Never before have I experienced a transformation like this.

Instead of rewriting my guidelines or what I did in terms of Intermittent Fasting and my muscle mass building phase please go to my article on Intermittent Fasting.

I almost to a T follow the guidelines in my Intermittent Fasting article, except I now consume a large amount of postworkout carbs (including simple sugars) from my long lost love of cereal (no not the “healthy kind”) and have never seen better results in my body composition.

The Importance of Tracking:

I am not genetically blessed to being a Greek god, so I have to ensure I am taking in enough protein and calories to either build muscle and lose fat or do both.  So yes, I do track my calories in order to determine not only how many calories I am taking in on a day but also where they are coming from: carbs, protein, or fat?  I have the FitDay program but you can also do this by going to FitDay.com.

Cardio

I am farthest from being a fan of cardio, however, I believe some form of cardio has its benefits with a well structured weight/strength training program.

Though I believe cardio has its place, weight training is significantly more important to body composition in my opinion. Yes that statement is mainly directed to the girl on the cardio machines for 60-120 minutes never looking any different from month to month. They do not incorporate any weight training routine into their exercise.

I did and currently still do about 20 minutes of low-intensity steady state (LISS) cardio 4-5 days a week. 5% incline at 3.0-4.0 MPH. Thats it. These are done on either weight training days or not. Whenever I really felt like it truthfully.

Your goals will determine how much cardio you should do. If you are looking to just put on tons of muscle mass then do not stress about cardio. Possibly do something similar to what I do…something to keep the bodyfat down while you forcefeed your mouth like the cookie monster does with cookies.

If your goal is weightloss/bodyfat loss then consider upping the cardio to more days or more time each day you do cardio.

PLEASE do something other than just cardio though Miss Average Looking Elliptical 2010.

Strength Training

Ahhh…One of my old-time passions.  Strength training and I go back a good bit to about 7th grade in middle school when I started hitting the weights up for football.  Throughout my life since then I have had some consistency in a variety of different weight training programs.

My CONSISTENCY has never been better before in my life than the past 3 months in my mass building phase.  Consistency is the important word to remember as even the worst strength training program out their is better than nothing with consistency.

In order to better my knowledge of strength training/muscle hypertrophy, I read up on quite a few books as well as some of the biggest leaders in this industry.  See my Further Resources below for these books and people you should be reading if your goal is to look and feel as best as you can.

20lbs of Muscle in 60 Days Strength Training Program

After quite a bit of reading, I decided to form my own little strength training program with my goals in mind of building lean muscle mass while slowly lowering bodyfat percentage.  From my readings, I decided to keep it simple both in terms of the exercises (mainly compound movements) I used and also the volume/intensity.

My focus was on strength training first before muscle hypertrophy.  The muscle hypertrophy is a natural benefit of training for pure strength in the basic compound movements.

I also train fasted, drinking 10grams of Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) before hand.  At first this was difficult but my body quickly adjusted and I thrive on fasted strength training.

The routine is similar to the basic Starting Strength/Bill Starr/MadCow 5×5 with a few more reps/sets.

Here is a basic outline of my strength training program:

8 day training cycle (all done with Barbells):

I track all exercises volume and intensity using the iPhone app, iFitness.

Day 1:
Might do 20 minutes of LISS cardio beforehand, I seem to lift better after as it allows me to focus on what needs to be done and also warm up a bit

  1. Squats – 5×4-8
  2. Bench Press – 5×4-8
  3. Weighted Chinups – 5x until failure
  4. Weighted Pushups – 5x until failure
Day 2:

Off or LISS and possibly P90x Ab Routine/Ab Wheel Work

Day 3:
  1. Deadlifts – 5×3-6
  2. Overhead Military Press – 5×4-8
  3. BB Bent Over Row – 5×4-8
  4. Weighted Dips – 5x until failure
Day 4:

Off or LISS and possibly P90x Ab Routine/Ab Wheel Work

Day 5:
  1. Squats – 5×4-8
  2. Incline Press – 5×4-8
  3. Close Grip Bench – 5×4-8
  4. Weighted Chinup – 5x failure
Day 6:

Off or LISS and possibly P90x Ab Routine/Ab Wheel Work

Day 7:
  1. BB Lunges – 5×4-8
  2. Overhead Military Press – 5×4-8
  3. Weighted Reverse V-Bar Dips – 5x failure
  4. Weighted Pullups – 5x failure
Day 8:

Off or LISS and possibly P90x Ab Routine/Ab Wheel Work

Supplementation

Supplements should be just that, supplements to your health and nutrition and training program.  Though I am guilty of being a supplement lush sometimes. Below is what I took in order to reach my current level.

Creatine – 10grams a day. 5 pre-workout, 5 post-workout.  Some say you can only absorb 5 grams of creatine a day but it is so cheap that I figured I would up the dosage.  Creatine has been backed for many years of scientific research showing it increases stamina, strength, and endurance.  Go with basic creatine monohydrate (no not those fancy creatines that are expensive and worthless). I find that I do not bloat much on micronized creatine monohydrate.

Daily MultiVitamin

Magnesium

Calcium

Whey protein isolate

Casein/whey protein blend

Egg/victoria milk protein (80% casein, 20% whey) night time shake blend

Caffeine

Fish Oil

Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)

Vitamin D3

Vitamin C

I also have tons of samples from supplement companies that I try out every once in awhile.  Usually they are just stimmed filed preworkout products that provide a little bit more kick than just caffeine.

Rest/Recovery

Rest/recovery is just as important if not more important to your training program. In this respect, it is important to know and understand your body more-so than what anyone else will tell you in terms of recovery. If you feel shitty or not fully recovered from workout to workout you will not grow and actually hinder progress. If you need to take a few days off from your training and nutrition program.

I know when I am on an off day throughout the day. That is when I say F-it and just head on home and relax. It is tough to do sometimes but it must be done in order to ensure adequate recovery and progress especially if you are hitting heavy weights on the compound movements.

Further Resources

Any blog, books, or articles by:

  • Alan Aragon: I really enjoy his Girth Control. Also plan on picking up his Research Review.
  • Lyle McDonald: Have all of his books and got TONS of information from each one of these scientific backed books by Lyle.
  • Martin Berkhan: Everything I learned about Intermittent Fasting comes from this chiseled human.  Supposed to be coming out with a book sometime this year based on his intermittent fasting approach.
  • Robb Wolf: One of my go-to guys for Paleo.
  • Dr. Eades: Learned a good bit in his book, Protein Power, as well as reading his blog.
  • Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple: Full of excellent information. Also pick up his book, the Primal Blueprint.
  • Leigh Peele: Recently started reading her blog. Straightforward and practical advice for both males and females.
  • Scott Marcaccio: Friend of mine who has his ripped body on a new book cover. Excellent and down to earth information.
  • EliteFTS: Tons of strength training and powerlifting information. Also good doses of nutritional knowledge.
  • FitJerk’s Flawless Fitness Blog: Straightforward no BS approach makes for wonderful reading from the FitJerk.
  • Mike Od at Fitness Spotlight: All Around source of excellent info.
  • AmpedTraining.com: More straightforward info on health and fitness.
  • JC Deen at JCDFitness.com: Have really been digging JC’s articles especially his recent article on Hypertrophy and Strength Training. Plan on reading his back-articles some more.
  • Nutrition and Metabolism Scientific Research Journal

Other books not mentioned above:

I also believe Tim Ferriss‘ new book is something on health and fitness?

Have any recommendations on any books or people to follow? Share it in the comments below!

One More Thing

EVERYBODY is different. We all react to nutrition and exercise different than the person next to us. Some can live on Twinkies and Fried Oreos and still look like a wood sculpture and some of us can’t. The point is, you have you understand your body more than anyone else and make adjustments to your diet and nutrition based on your goals and progress.

If what you are currently doing is working, stick with it! If it is not, then that is a signal for you to change something up.

If you want to look average and be average then do what 95% of the people in your gym do and eat what 95% of Westerners eat. However, if your a reader of Life Destiny I am sure you do not settle for the status quo.

What about you?

Have any transformation stories or pictures you would like to share? Contact me or leave a message below. Maybe we can do a feature on what worked for you as everybody is different!

How about anymore recommended reading resources?

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    any updates? 

    Also, I'm a similar build to you 5'6ish and weight around 151. Very similar to your second pic, and have been working out consistently. However, by both what you've said and the link you supplied, I've SERIOUSLY been undereating, I've been trying to recomp (+20/-20 % cals on workout/non-workout days) thinking my maint. was around 1900, where really its somewhere closer to 2300! 

    Anyway my question is, did you cycle calories or just macros? In other words were you eating +4000 cals everyday?

    Thanks for posting this, huge inspiration!

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  • Natalie

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    Unfortunately, it is quite difficult, if not impossible to spot reduce. Its just part of your genetics.

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    I no longer follow the Paleo Diet. I just enjoy to many things not "allowed" on the Paleo diet such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch and other cereals, lol. I do not have a gluten or dairy intolerance so they do not really affect me. Paleo does involve removing gluten and dairy. I would definitely look into it if you believe you have some food intolerances as it can really make a difference in not only your weight management but your overall life. See Robb Wolf for more info on the Paleo Diet.

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    I believe my diet is in check. I've been bumping up the cals constantly, and if I were to increase them further, I'm pretty sure I'd start putting on unnecessary fat.

    A complete week off? Not sure how my body would react to that. The most I've had off was two days due to a cold. Nor have I tried deloading. Haven't actually even thought about that.

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    By the way, how long are your workouts? Mine are usually about 3 hours due to resting so long between sets (3-6 mins).

  • Tanner

    Hey Jack, sorry for the late response, this comment mustve got by my email.

    I time my rests using the iPhone app, iFitness, in which I set it for 180 seconds or 3 minutes. I also use iFitness to keep track of my progress and lifts.

  • Mr. T

    Hey Tanner,

    I am on a very similar routine and have been since Martin made the post about your progress. It was the first heavy routine I've done. I was lifting like a sissy before.

    I too have stalled at 180 lbs... The strength is going up very slowly, and I feel like the gains are about to stop. So it might be a time to make some changes. I think it has become too hard to recover. I find the last two sets extremely hard to complete.

    What program are you currently following? I was reading Lyle's latest articles on weight training, and they suggest that mixing low and high reps might be beneficial.

    What do you think of this? Keeping all the exercises, but making the last two sets higher reps and lower weight, and shorter rest periods.

    Peace

  • Tanner

    Hey Jack,

    Have you taken a deload or a complete week off? You might also need to adjust your diet based on your current lean muscle mass (assuming you bumped up a good bit from before), as your body will require slightly more food now than before.

    I recently tried out Charles Poliquins Advanced German Volume training which you can find here: http://www.t-nation.com/free_o...

    It was fine for a couple weeks but it seemed to be to much volume.

    You are onto something in the last paragraph. I have since switched back to my previous routine with some adjustments. I have started incorporating high rep/low rep after reading the same articles that Lyle just came out (Categories of Weight Training Series). Usually this entails heavy first four sets and then a nice pump or high rep set or I might just go a full out high rep day.

    Let me know how it works out.

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  • TM

    Hey whats up bud?

    I hit around 180 about a month ago and the strength started tapering off around there. Decided to cut up a bit using IF and am now down to around 170lbs with strength about whre I was at around 180...Plan on getting down a little bit more then trying a different bulking/body recomposition strategy. Hopefully I can get a update to yinz soon!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    Hey Tanner, I asked you a few questions on Martin's blog. Could you answer a few more? :)

    I realized that I have put way too much effort on nutrition and left out the training part. I have only been doing isolation exercises and recently started to incorporate deadlifts and squats. I will most likely be going on a similar routine as yours. I will just have to do some more research first.

    How much do you think training fasted affected/affects your gains? I'm just wondering if I will be missing out on significant gains by not doing it.

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  • TM

    nutrition is at least 85% of the game.

    Personally after reading quite a bit of books on strength training I came to the realization that isolation exercises are not the best thing and decided to keep my program simple and never got better results in my life. Deadlifts, squats, bench, incline, standing military, bent over rows all done with the cold barbell work great. Also throw in some pushups, chinups, dips.

    Training fasted probably did not really effect my gains in terms of strength but not gaining fat while also gaining building strength and muscle has been the main thing of training fasted.

  • Jam52633

    Wow, great success, would like to see a sample menu of what you would typically eat during the week. I find this the hardest to figure out.

  • TM
  • Shady

    Hi Tanner, im really interested to try IF for bulking, but i just had one question.
    how the heck did you eat 5000 calories in 4 hours???
    Did you make big shakes and drink them? Please help a brother out

  • Slevn81

    Awesome outline, and awesome results!! You say your program is mostly similar to Madcow 5x5--does that mean you're doing the same ramp-up deal with each set of 5, and not like Stronglifts where you keep the weight the same? I guess I was wondering what that weight progression looked like.

    Also, the rep ranges mean you're shooting for the highest number? And if you were to fall 2 reps short on a set you'd keep that same weight?

    Thank you for shining a light on your program in such great detail.

  • TM

    Your onto it on your second point. I just put the weight on the bar and try and pump out as many reps as possible while maintaining good form. If I hit around 8 reps then I will ramp up 10lbs (this goes for every barbell exercise I have listed).

    NP, and thanks for the kind words!

  • Slevn81

    God I hate to be such an ass here, but in regards to my first point, does "put some weight on the bar" and then upping the weight when you hit the range mean you up the weight mid-set? A Madcow ramping-up thing? Or was it a sets-across deal, and then you upped it by 10 all at once, and there was no ramping?

    Thanks so much again. Wasn't sure whether you were answering both my questions at once...

  • TM

    I up the weight whenever I feel confident enough that I can pump out at least 4 solid reps, so this could be the first set or second and so on.

  • Brad

    Very interesting article. I have been reading leangains.com myself for a while. If you don't mind my asking, what time do you workout? What time do you break the fast?

  • Tanner

    I usually work out around 5-6pm and break the fast around 7:30-8:00pm. My window is usually a little different than LeanGains, I am more at the Warrior Diet style window at 20 hours fasting/4 hours feeding.

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