For Fork’s Sake (aka My Weapons of Choice)
If you want to get big there’s one very big and very basic rule: eat big. I’ve been told that it’s 80 per cent plus of the puzzle for becoming brawny.
So how do you know if you’re eating big enough? Apparently, if you think you’re eating enough, then you’re not. So, in effect, you have to train your body to accept more food. And the more you eat, the hungrier you get.
I’ve been asked a few times what happens when I get brawny? Am I still gonna have to eat the shedloads I’m consuming right now. From what I understand, it’s a lot easier to maintain extra lean muscle than grow it in the first place. So I’d imagine I’d be eating about 80 per cent of what I’m consuming right now. Or maybe my body will be so used to it that I’ll be eating the same. Whatever happens, it’s all good, natural food and it beats what I was scarfing down before.
Dr John Berardi of S2B posted this quote on Facebook recently: ”Consistency, not novelty, is the secret to uncommon results. Only those too impatient to follow simple, rational, and balanced eating and training programs will choose fringe eating and training methods.
“And these are the people who won’t be in the gym twelve months from now. To succeed in weight lifting, do shorter workouts than the magazines want you to, train heavier than your muscles want you to, do more reps than your mind wants you to, and eat more food than your stomach wants you to. Getting big is a battle and your weapon is a fork.”
Personally, I use a spoon as well to scoop up all those veggies and cashew nuts in my lunchtime salad. It gets the job done.
As for today’s picture, in a break from regular programming here’s a photo not taken by me. I’m not sure who took it but I can tell you the guy in the picture is Christian Bok who has a Facebook page called Unhinged Aesthetics and it perfectly illustrates the point of this post.
I don’t think he’s an ectomorph/hardgainer, but he has had an impressive transformation over the past six months after apparently working his ass off. I heard about him through another FB page called Natural Bodybuilding Recognition which appears to be run by a bunch of trainers and “natty” athletes who are entering themselves into bodybuilding competitions to spread the word that natural (i.e. no steroids) is the way to go in the gym. So fair play.
I can’t imagine I’d ever enter a bodybuilding competition, cos it’s not really my bag at all. But there’s plenty of motiviation on both Christian’s and NBR’s pages.