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i hope a few are interested!! if anyone wants to start from november-march(ish), we could track our progress through the bodybuilding world-renowned bulking season. i think it'd be fun to keep each other accountable and push others who want to gain big to EAT BIG. we could track bodyweight, lifts, measurements, etc.... if this is a bad idea and no one joins, i won't feel bad, so don't just humor me and write in numbers lol.

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I'm in!

 

I managed to gain really well this time last year. I am currently at 120kg/264lbs and would like to be 125kg/275lbs in 4months time.

 

My current lifts are squat 160, bench 135 and deadlift 225 (all kg). I would like to increase this to 175/140/245.

 

It's funny that this thread came up as me, daywalker and buzz had already planned to have a crazy eating day on Saturday. My aim is 8000cal (previous pb 6700 - though this is quite easy and I've done it a few times).

 

Jonathan

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Wow, nice calories! My PB is about 5,500. I'll try to up that soon. I also look forward to bulking when some projects are over. Yesterday I was busy 17 hours without a break but I still made it to the gym before bed.

 

All the best to everyone, let's all G.R.O.W. !

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8000 Calories!!

 

I haven't really been counting my calories just eating a lot. My lifts are obviously in my training journal. I am making good strength gains.

 

I guess I am starting from a lower point than most on here, but without some scales I don't know where I am currently. I guess I also don't know what is realistic...Jonathan you said I should be looking at 1 - 1.5 kg per month so I guess that.

 

Need to buy a set of scales.

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I think you guys need some eating lessons,

I have racked up many a day in my past where I have been around the 10,000 calorie mark... I just ate all day

I'm trying to go the other way, as bulk doesn't seem to be a problem at the moment and I keep popping open the buttons on my shirts...

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I would also try to bulk up but I’ll finish my studies this spring and I dunno know how this will affect my training routine. Besides that I’m a bit confused about the calorie intake. I think it is a very individual thing and the body will habituate over time so normative states are a bit problematic. I guess my intake was about 2000 kcal a day (to less I know) and my bodyweight was stable around 72 to 74kg. I’m trying to gain some weight right know and I have absolutely no idea how much cals I individually need to bulk up. I’m a bit scared to increase my intake up to 4000 or above because I think this will mainly affect my belly and less my muscles. I've increased my intake already but I dunno count my total calorie intake (maybe I should?). Any suggestions or experience values?

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I think you guys need some eating lessons,

 

Say that to VeganPotter if you ever meet him in real life.

 

I'm definitley in. I have no actual set goals for how much I want to put on, but I'll definitley join in on the encouragement and let people know how I'm doing.

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I'm about 150 now...I got up to 160 right after the summer shape up contest (early October)...but then I went on this meditation and fasting retreat a few weeks ago (didnt eat for 3 days....yikes!) and lost 10 pounds.

 

steadily gaining back that weight.

 

long term goal to get to 175. seems like a healthy weight for me given my frame. Probably gonna take another 12 months to get there minimum.

 

funny enough...my body puts on fat easily, but muscle very very slowly. I must have the most "efficient" metabolism on the planet! So I gotta be careful not to just pig out as well....

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I average 6000 cal a day, but have never exceeded 6700. So my eating is fairly consistant.

 

Jonathan

 

what type of foods are you eating to get in that many calories? Any issues with gaining fat/water weight?

 

I eat alot of oats, in smoothie form. I consume this smoothie about 4-5times a day:

 

100g oats

1 medium banana

40g pea protein

20g oil (flax/rapeseed mix)

Water

Cinnamon

 

I find eating tedious, so I just drink mainly!

 

I have gained fat, but really not very much. I have gained 43kg (95lbs) in three years and I would say my bodyfat percentage has gone from about 8% to 14%, which is still lean considering I have never done a cut.

 

Jonathan

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Right I discovered that my housemate has some scales.

 

I now weigh 167lbs.

(6 weeks ago I weighed 148!)

 

...okay so goals? So this is over the next 4 months Nov - Feb...and taking into account my initial quick gains are not going to be so easy to maintain, I reckon for 190 lbs by end of Feb.

 

My long term goal I guess that I view as achievable is 210 lbs...if I make that relatively easily, maybe I'll try to catch Jonathan.

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Haha! I'm a moving target mate! I'll be around 270lbs by February, so you have a little way to go

 

Jonathan

 

do you have any before/after pics of your weight gain and transformation? pretty impressive to hear a 95lb gain!

 

I'll settle for 25lbs!

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Yep.

 

This is me on my 19th birthday, just over three years ago with a bodyweight of 77kg:

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v231/bob280784/meprevegan.jpg

 

And this was taken on Friday, with a bodyweight of 120kg:

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v231/bob280784/PB100010.jpg

 

Jonathan

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it's good to see all the replies/interest!

 

as for me, i'll be starting at 165 (i'm about 5'7). i hope to get up to at least 180 by march 1st. also, it'd be cool if some of us could post before and after pics.

 

here are a few tips for those looking to gain weight:

 

Try:

 

--eating 20 kcals per pound of bodyweight per day

--eating 5-7 meals, spread throughout the day

--getting 5-10 grams of creatine/day (post-workout if 5g, and split pre and post workout if 10)

 

hope this keeps GROWING!!

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