Lately, I've been receiving numerous e-mails on how to quickly gain size for specific sports such as football. The truth of the matter is it is highly unlikely that you are able to attain an appreciable amount of size in a relatively short period of time especially if you are at your peak weight.
For instance, I usually carry a bodyweight of about 190-195 pounds in the off season. So I can't expect to gain 30 pounds or so in a month or two. Now if I were to diet down to about 170 pounds or so, then I could put back on my original size with relative ease.
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It's Unlikely That You Are Able To Attain
A Large Amount Of Size In A Short Period Of Time.
The Anabolic Burst Cycling Diet
This goes back to something I read in Bill Phillips' Supplement Review Book. He mentioned something called the Anabolic Burst Cycling Diet and Exercise routine. The idea here is to restrict your caloric intake for 2 weeks followed by 2 weeks of supersaturating your body with an excess amount of calories.
| Bill Phillips:
William Nathaniel "Bill" Phillips is an American entrepreneur and author. He is the author of the fitness book Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength. He is also the author Eating for Life, founder and former editor-in-chief of Muscle Media magazine (now defunct) and the former CEO of EAS, a performance nutritional supplement company.
You are to repeat this cycle every 2 weeks. So essentially, it's 3 steps forward and 1 step back. I've never tried this but it seems to work well when I put my body through contest preparation. I diet down and lose a lot of my size only to return to my original size and then some only a week or so after the show.
I'm not sure how this would affect your strength levels but if you're seeking something new and innovative, then the ABCDE routine might be what you are seeking. Also, with the influx of calories during the "bulking phase" I would imagine that your strength levels would skyrocket.
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I recommended the diet to a friend of mine and he swears up and down that it works. Who knows? Maybe I will give this routine a run in the near future if my gains begin to taper off and my training becomes stagnant.