Blue Print For Ten Pounds In Thirty Days - Part 1!

Gaining ten pounds in thirty days is a toughie, tough but not impossible. For a hardgainer ten pounds is something they can only fantasize about - well wake up because your fantasy is about to become reality.

Article Summary:
  • The program is designed for hardgainers. They will see the best results.
  • To gain weight you need to eat enough calories without feeling full.
  • One month of pure dedication will reap massive rewards.

Gaining ten pounds in thirty days is a toughie, tough but not impossible. For a hardgainer, ten pounds is something they can only fantasize about - well wake up because your fantasy is about to become reality.

Before you go giddy with excitement realize the truth, this will be hard and you'll have to ensure you do everything right for the entire forty three thousand two hundred minutes that comprise your thirty days of physical transformation.

This Will Be Hard And You'll Have To Ensure You Do Everything Right.
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This Will Be Hard And You'll Have
To Ensure You Do Everything Right.

Obviously the results you will see from the following recommendations will vary depending on factors such as training age, genetics, how hard you push yourself and how closely you follow the plan. Nether the less, come thirty days time you will be bigger and stronger.

Obviously the program is aimed at those who are 'hardgainers' and no where near there genetic ceiling, so if you're a genetic freak who already weighs two hundred and fifty pounds lean, don't come complaining to me when you only gain a couple of pounds from the program.

A large amount of the weight gained will be fluid within the muscle (intra cellular) as the program aims to maximally saturate the muscle with glycogen, creatine and all the other substrates that will pump your muscles up, but don't fret there will be some 'proper' muscle gained as well. Anyway ten pounds of added volume gives the same impression whether its intra cellular fluid or actual protein - in other words they won't notice the difference on the beach.

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The next thirty days will feel like a roller coaster ride, especially when it comes to your training. Basically the next thirty days will be split into three phases:

    • Phase 1: Building A Base
    • Phase 2: Serious (Over) Training
    • Phase 3: Reaping The Benefits

Phase one and three will aim to either optimize or derive the benefits of the training in phase two.

For simplicity sake I have tried to lay everything out in a step by step approach for each day, eat when I say eat, sleep when I say sleep or don't bother at all.


Phase 1: Building A Base


Days 1-3

Rise from bed whenever you naturally wake up, if you need an alarm you probably haven't had enough sleep. Try to go to bed earlier if your schedule forces you up at a certain time so you start to wake naturally around that time.

Breakfast

The first meal of the day

        is vital and should contain twenty five percent of your days calories, any less and you're going to play catch up all day long. This large dose of food will also be used more effectively due to the eight to ten hour fast.

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        To determine your daily (base) needs use the calculator provided below. Enter your bodyweight and your daily activity level (light is office based work, medium is active and heavy is strenuous labor).

        The exercise levels of days one to three has been included. During these three days your energy expenditure and consumption should balance and your bodyweight should remain stable. If it changes during these days up or lower your calorie intake by a few hundred calories and use that as your base calories.

The nutrient ratios will be sixty percent carbohydrates, twenty percent protein and twenty percent fat (emphasizing omega 3's and omega 6's)

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        For the simplicity sake of this article the examples will use a seventy kilogram (one hundred and fifty five pound) individual with a medium activity level requiring 2956 calories a day. Obviously adjust to your own needs.

Breakfast will be a combination of carbohydrates and protein. An example would be:

Normally I feel creatine does not need loading but considering that there is only thirty days maximal saturation is required.

Pre-Workout Meal (3 Hours Later)

        Three hours later another meal would be consumed. Considering this is a

pre workout meal

        a combination of fats and protein is consumed.

Three Hours Later Another Meal Would Be Consumed.
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Three Hours Later Another
Meal Would Be Consumed.

        Example meal 2 (12% daily calories):

The reason fats and protein are consumed is in order to avoid a dip in energy levels related to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) that may occur from eating carbohydrates. Another reason is to avoid the slow of digestion of later meals if the majority of the day's fats are eaten now.

This allows carbs eaten later to enter the system quicker and restore glycogen (muscles stored sugars) quicker, as well as avoiding a heightened satiety when digestion is slowed. Considering that you are trying to gain weight you need to be able to eat enough calories without feeling full.

Base Training Session (1 1/2 Hours Later)

Perform the exercises back to back with no rest until all are completed. Rest for ninety seconds and repeat. Perform three circuits of the base training on day one, four on day two and five circuits on day three.

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Post Workout (Meal 3; 25% Daily Calories)

        Example:

Post workout nutrition should be absorbed as quickly as possible; therefore an isotonic solution is required (six percent carbs). For this example the above drink would need to be 2250ml (two and a quarter litres). This equates to 150ml per ten grams carbs.

Meal 5 (3 Hours Later)

        Meal 5 (12% calories):

Light Cardio (2 Hours Later)

        20-30 minutes light

cardio

        (light but breathless level). This should be whole body (i.e. swimming, rowing etc).

Both the base training and cardio should aid in developing the support networks throughout the muscle (namely blood vessel density and energy systems). This will help you tolerate the workloads in phase two.

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Post Cardio

        Meal 6 (12.5% calories):

Meal 7 (3 hours later)

        Meal 7 (12%):

The combination of fiber, slow digesting proteins and fat will ensure the nutrients digest slowly and provide a constant trickle throughout the night. Some individuals propose waking during the night in order to have another feed but the disruption in sleep counteracts any benefits of the food.


Day 4: Rest Day

      No

training

      and the same distribution of meals throughout the day as days one to three. Swap the liquid feeds on meals six and four for whole food substitutes.

Whole food substitutes:

Also include some form of vegetables to increase the fiber and therefore slow the rate of digestion.

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Phase 2: Serious (Over) Training

This is the make or break section. Hard training, hard eating and the correct mental fortitude is a must. Phase two is split into four training cycles. (termed microcycles)

The calories consumed in this phase will be one hundred and twenty five percent of phase one levels (3695kcals for our 70kg example individual). This will be achieved by consuming more around and during the workout period. All other meals stay the same as the amounts in phase one.


Day 5 (Training Day): Start Of Microcycle 1

Breakfast

        Example:

3 Hours Later

        Example:

Pre-Workout (1 1/2 hours later)

        Example:

Training Session (Upper Body 1)

        5 minute

warm up

        .

Standing Military Press

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x10-12, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set 10X, sets 2-4 312, sets 5 444
        • Load: set 1 - 95% 3RM (rep max), sets 2-4 - 12 RM, set 5 - 50% of set 1
        • Rest: 1 minute

Pullups/Lat Pulldown (alternated set by set with standing military press)

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x10-12, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set 10X, sets 2-4 312, sets 5 444
        • Load: set 1 - 95% 3RM (rep max), sets 2-4 - 12 RM, set 5 - 50% of set 1
        • Rest: 1 minute

Lateral Raises

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: 12 rep max
        • Rest: 1 minute

Decline Pullovers (alternated set to set with lateral raises)

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: 12 rep max
        • Rest: 1 minute

* Tempo - (eccentric, midpoint isometric and concentric speed in seconds), an example would be the military press performed with a two second lift, a single second pause at the top and three seconds to lower back down. Stretching of the worked areas (holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds)


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        Ice treatment (hold ice pack to worked muscles for ten minutes)

During the workout consume a 3% carbohydrate solution

Post Workout

        Example:

This feed will have to be a hypertonic drink due to the sheer volume of carbs consumed. As such consume an 8-10% solution (around 100ml for each ten grams of carbs).

Meal 5 (3 hours later)

        Meal 5:

20 Minutes Sleep (post meal 5)

Base Training (2 hours later, 1 circuit)

The base training should not be a maximal session rather it is just to flush the muscles with blood and nutrients and to make the muscle more receptive to the consumed extra calories rather than it being stored as fat.

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Post Base Training

        Example:

Meal 7 (3 hours later)

        Meal 7:


Day 6

      Same as training day schedule (

day 5

      ). Except weights session.

Training Session For Day 6 (Lower Body 1)

        5 minute

warm up

        .

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Back Squats

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x10-12, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set 10X, sets 2-4 312, sets 5 444
        • Load: 1 - 95% 3RM (rep max), sets 2-4 - 12 RM, set 5 - 50% of set 1
        • Rest: 1 minute

Romanian Deadlifts (alternated set by set with back squats)

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x10-12, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set - 10X, sets 2-4 - 312, sets 5 - 444
        • Load: 12 rep max
        • Rest: 1 minute

Calf Raises

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: 1 - 95% 3RM (rep max), sets 2-4 - 12 RM, set 5 - 50% of set 1
        • Rest: 1 minute

Leg Extensions (alternated set to set with calf raises)

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: 12 rep max
        • Rest: 1 minute

Stretching of the worked areas (holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds)
Ice treatment (hold ice pack to worked muscles for ten minutes)


Day 7: Rest Day

Meal plans should follow day five but substitute the liquid feeds for whole food alternatives and combine the pre and during workout feeds with meals 5 and protein allotment.

A whole body massage is advised to increase blood flow and workout tight muscles

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Day 8

Same as training day schedule (day 5

      ). Except weights session.

Training Session For Day 8 (Upper Body 2)

        5 minute

warm up

        .

Wide Grip Dips (do press ups if not strong enough on latter sets)

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x10-12, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set - 10X, sets 2-4 - 312, sets 5 - 444
        • Load: 1 - 95% 3RM (rep max), sets 2-4 - 12 RM, set 5 - 50% of set 1
        • Rest: 1 minute

45 Degree Bent Over Rows (alternated set by set with dips)

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x10-12, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set - 10X, sets 2-4 - 312, set 5 - 444
        • Load: 1 - 95% 3RM (rep max), sets 2-4 - 12 RM, set 5 - 50% of set 1
        • Rest: 1 minute

Dumbbell Fly

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: 12 rep max
        • Rest: 1 minute

Bent Over Laterals (alternated set to set with flyes)

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: 12 rep max
        • Rest: 1 minute

Stretching of the worked areas (holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds)
Ice treatment (hold ice pack to worked muscles for ten minutes)


Day 9

      Same as training day schedule (

day 5

      ). Except weights session.

Training Session For Day 9 (Lower Body 2)

5 minute warm up.

Bent Legged Deadlifts

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x10-12, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set - 10X, sets 2-4 - 312, sets 5 - 444
        • Load: 1 - 95% 3RM (rep max), sets 2-4 - 12 RM, set 5 - 50% of set 1
        • Rest: 1 minute

Front Squats (alternated set by set with deadlifts)

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x10-12, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set - 10X, sets 2-4 - 312, set 5 - 444
        • Load: 1 - 95% 3RM (rep max), sets 2-4 - 12 RM, set 5 - 50% of set 1
        • Rest: 1 minute

Leg Curl

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: 12 rep max
        • Rest: 1 minute

Seated Calf Raises (alternated set by set with leg curl)

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: 12 rep max
        • Rest: 1 minute

Stretching of the worked areas (holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds)
Ice treatment (hold ice pack to worked muscles for ten minutes)


Day 10: Rest Day

      Same as

day 7

      .


Day 11: Start Of Microcycle 2

      Same as training day schedule (

day 5

      ). Except weights session.

Training Session For Day 11 (Upper Body 1)

        5 minute

warm up

        .

Standing Military Press

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x8-10, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set - 10X, sets 2-4 - 312, sets 5 - 444
        • Load: Day 5's weight plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

Pullups/Lat Pulldown (alternated set by set with standing military press)

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x8-10, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set - 10X, sets 2-4 - 312, sets 5 - 444
        • Load: Day 5's weight plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

Lateral Raises

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: Day 5's weight plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

Decline Pullovers (alternated set to set with lateral raises)

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: Day 5's weight plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

Stretching of the worked areas (holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds)
Ice treatment (hold ice pack to worked muscles for ten minutes)


Day 12

Training Session For Day 12 (Lower Body 1)

        5 minute

warm up

        .

Back Squats

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x8-10, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set - 10X, sets 2-4 - 312, sets 5 - 444
        • Load: Day 6 load plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

Romanian Deadlifts (alternated set by set with back squats)

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x8-10, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set - 10X, sets 2-4 - 312, sets 5 - 444
        • Load: Day 6 load plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

Calf Raises

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: Day 6 load plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

Leg Extensions (alternated set to set with calf raises)

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: Day 6 load plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

Stretching of the worked areas (holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds)
Ice treatment (hold ice pack to worked muscles for ten minutes)


Day 13: Rest Day

      Same as

day 7

      .


Day 14

      Same schedule as training day (

day 5

      ). Except weights session.

Training Session For Day 14 (Upper Body 2)

        5 minute

warm up

        .

Wide Grip Dips (do press ups if not strong enough on latter sets)

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x8-10, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set - 10X, sets 2-4 - 312, sets 5 - 444
        • Load: Day 8 load plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

45 Degree Bent Over Rows (alternated set by set with dips)

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x8-10, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set - 10X, sets 2-4 - 312, set 5 - 444
        • Load: Day 8 load plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

Dumbbell Fly

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: day eight load plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

Bent Over Laterals (alternated set to set with flyes)

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: Day 8 load plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

Stretching of the worked areas (holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds)
Ice treatment (hold ice pack to worked muscles for ten minutes)


Day 15

      Same schedule as training day (

day 5

      ). Except weights session.

Training Session For Day 15 (upper body 2)

        5 minute

warm up

        .

Bent Legged Deadlifts

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x8-10, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set - 10X, sets 2-4 - 312, sets 5 - 444
        • Load: Day 9 load plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

Front Squats (alternated set by set with deadlifts)

        • Sets x reps: 1x3, 3x8-10, 1x20
        • *Tempo: first set - 10X, sets 2-4 - 312, set 5 - 444
        • Load: Day 9 load plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

Leg Curl

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: Day 9 load plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

Seated Calf Raises (alternated set by set with leg curl)

        • Sets x reps: 2-3x8-12
        • Tempo: 312
        • Load: Day 9 load plus 5%
        • Rest: 1 minute

Stretching of the worked areas (holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds)
Ice treatment (hold ice pack to worked muscles for ten minutes)


Day 16: Rest Day

      Same as

day 7

      .


Conclusion For The Half Way Point

Follow the program listed above and in part two you will receive the concluding section to your physical transformation. At points this will be hard going and occasionally you will drained from the sheer volume of work performed, but stick with it as this forms the basis for your transformation and will pay dividends within the third phase.

At Points This Will Be Hard Going And Occasionally You Will Feel Drained From The Sheer Volume Of Work Performed.
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At Points This Will Be Hard Going And Occasionally You
Will Feel Drained From The Sheer Volume Of Work Performed.

To help you stick with the program I have compiled a short list of helpful hints:

    • More often than not eating is the major downfall of not gaining mass. Don't eat until you are satisfied; eat the recommended amount - no more no less.
    • If eating the amounts of food is a problem buy oversized plates and bowls so the amount doesn't look as big. It may sound stupid but visual cues can alter satiety.
    • Once again if you feel full quickly, change the taste of the food. Your brain will eat more of a different taste than of a single one which you have already become full on - this is called sensory specific satiety. For example if you have only eaten half the rice allotment try and swap to a sweet tasting carb source, you will be much more likely to finish the amount needed.
    • Set an alarm on your watch for when its time to eat - no excuses.
    • In a worse case scenario swap some of the whole food meals for a liquid meal, it won't be optimal, but it will be a thousand times better than missing out on vital nutrients and energy.
    • Upon waking each morning, make a mental check list of everything you need to do. Always think ahead so nothing can interfere with your training and nutrition and do what's necessary.
    • Work around problems. If you have to work during the days move training or meals to fit in, never miss anything out.
    • When things become hard stop and ask yourself how much you want this, if you truly do want it nothing will get in your way.
    • Remember one month of pure dedication will reap massive (pun intended) rewards.
    • Everything in life is a choice - choose the right options to reach your goals. Nothing happens by chance.

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