Part III: Miscellaneous Topics
How Much Weight Can You Expect to Gain From This Program?
While there are many variables that will make results vary between athletes, I can provide you with an example of someone who has been very successful in using a program very similar to this one. His name is Hunter Labrada, who plays high school football at Northland Christian High.
If you are wondering how much muscle Hunter has gained, the answer will surprise you. Hunter has gained over 100-lbs of lean shredded muscle in 5 years! Back in 7th grade, Hunter started his program weighing 80-lbs and 5 years later he tips the scales at an extremely lean 185-lbs. This is all thanks to his consistent application of the nutrition and training program.
Tips from Hunter on Gaining Weight
Here are a few weight gain tips from Hunter that I was able to gather when I had the privilege to interview him in order to see what factors played a role on his weight gain success:
1) Be consistent with the diet. Make sure that you get all of your meals in.
2) Train hard. You have to be willing to go into the gym and push yourself past the pain barrier. Don’t expect results if you are not putting any effort in the weight training program.
3) Be patient. Do not expect results overnight. Rome was not built in one day and anything worthwhile will take effort, hard work and discipline.
4) There are no shortcuts. You just need to apply yourself day in and day out.
Notes on Steroid Use
The last point above brings me to the subject of steroid use. Steroids are not the magical substance that some people make them up to be. Training, diet and rest is what will get you the body that you want. I’ve seen a lot of people on steroids that get zero results because they train badly, they do not diet and they hardly rest. Don’t expect to take steroids and look like Superman in two weeks because it will not happen.
Teenagers especially should not even think about the use of these drugs as teens already have their testosterone levels at a level equivalent to the one a 300 mg shot of testosterone would increase them to. In addition, your system already produces optimal levels of several other anabolic hormones like GH and IGF-1. So in reality, you already are on a ton of steroids.
A lot of complex processes occur on a teen’s body that we yet do not even understand so introducing anabolic steroids at this age would interrupt these processes, in addition to killing the very best natural production of testosterone and other anabolic hormones that you will ever get. My message to teens is: Eat big, train big and you will get big. These are the best years for good natural growth so do not waste or jeopardize them. In addition, we also need to consider that it is as illegal to use steroids as it is to use any recreational hard drug.
Another point that I want to touch upon is that of alcohol consumption. First of all, if you are a teenager it would be illegal for you to consume alcohol. Second of all, if you consume it, your testosterone levels go down, and depending on the amount consumed, they can stay down for up to 3 days! Needless to say, this would greatly affect the amount of progress that you can make from your program. Therefore, stay away from the alcohol.
Importance of Rest
The final topic that I want to touch upon is that of rest. I’ll make this topic really simple. You need 7 – 9 hours of sleep each night in order for your body to run efficiently. Deprive your body of sleep and you’ll have lousy fat loss. As a bonus, you also get muscle loss which lowers your metabolism. The reason for this is because without enough sleep the body stops producing anabolic hormones (Muscle Producing/Fat Burning Hormones; e.g. Testosterone and Growth hormone) and starts increasing the production of catabolic hormones (Muscle Destroying/Fat Depositing Hormones e.g. Cortisol). Also, you will lack the energy and focus to get through your workouts and it will also lead to overtraining as you won’t be able to recover anymore. To top it off, there is research that indicates that a lack of sleep creates a variety of problems from cravings and binges to hardening of the arteries which leads to heart attacks. If you don’t think that you have enough time to sleep, then turn off the TV and make the time!
Now that you have all of the information you need to know in order to gain weight for football all you need is to apply it consistently day in and day out. If you do so, I guarantee you that your frame will start filling itself out with muscle weight in no time.
Take care and train hard!