Build 14lbs of Muscle Every Single Month?

August 12, 2013 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug


Ok.. gotcha. That headline got you to click through didn’t it 😉 . But that is your goal right? To build a stack load of muscle in a short amount of time?

What was that you said…


Well, by the way I see some of you lifting in the gym, I would argue that answer. Lifting and increasing the weight week after week like there’s no tomorrow.

I know you smart buggers don’t practice in such behaviour. But unfortunately, most gym goers are egotastical t**ts. And don’t understand that taking the train to heavy weight heaven will just cause an even quicker train crash just a few months down the line. Also known as a plateau.

Along side other negative affects such as…

  • A lack in real strength gains
  • A higher risk of injury from performing exercises with incorrect form
  • No growth
  • No progression

So… for you average gym goers. You still thinking of paking on 14lbs of muscle every month?

Yea right… think again. Of course, you could probably do it if you followed a hardcore bulking phase. But we all know those yo-yo diets aren’t any good for you.

The alternative?

Slow progression

I don’t want to sound like a robot. But if you want to suceed and not look like an average gym goer, then you need to have one key core mindset in place. Day-in-day-out, week-in-week-out, year-in-year-out. That is…

Lift for tomorrow. Not for today

In other words… lift weight and progress over your lifetime. You will…

Actually enjoy the process more

  • Make real gains
  • Build more lean muscle
  • Actually get stronger (200lb lifter deadlifting 450lb weights)
  • Actually get strongerrrr (After all, that is the main reason you lift right? What… no? Get out of here you vain egotastic fake bug. Looking good is just a bonus, you non substance t**t)

Why Slow progress?

Why not?

It’s not like you’re going to achieve anything quicker by progressing quickly. In fact, progressing and achieving quickly is a big false positive and an even bigger motivational crusher. Let’s put things into perspective for one moment.

Note: Relative strength (positive power-to-weight ratio) is more important than absolute strength for functional movement.

You want to follow a program that allows you to pack on 50lbs of weight onto your squat in just a matter of 8-10 weeks… right? Well, you got the first part right… which is to follow a good program. Now ask yourself this…

How much did your squat go up in the past year?

Well I can answer that for you… Not by much (At you experienced lifters). And certainly not much more after that desired 8-10 week period. (Not by the rapid increases that you desire you egotastic maniac)

Lift for tomorrow. Not for today

Set lifting goals and work backwards.

Did you just manage to bench 200lbs last month? If so, good. 200lbs on the bench press exercise is not a bad start at all.

Do you now want to be able to bench 300lbs of weight on the bench press? Then set your short term goal to be able to bench 205lbs. Then 210lbs, 215lbs, 220lbs and so on. It will take longer to reach there, but so what. What exactly are you gaining by getting there quickly? To show off… to look cool? It must be that, because it certainly isn’t doing anything else.

Lift for tomorrow. Not for today

Weightlifting and gaming mechanics

What are gaming mechanics?

Well… you’ve all played computer games right? Of course you have. Well, how does it feel to jump onto your favorite game and smash those top scores (Looking at the Call of duty crowd). Feels great right? An uber sense of achievement (This is infact a positive regarding computer games, which for the most part are regarded as a waste of time).

With that being the case, wouldn’t it be great to take that gaming mechanic mindset into the gym? Of course it would. So how do we do it exactly?

Well, it’s simple really.

Just keep striving on breaking personal rep records, the same way you like to kill those high scores in your favorite video game. If you were originally squatting 220lbs x 6 reps and you find you can squat 220lbs x 10 reps a few weeks later. Good!

You are getting stronger. Simple

And of course, you can now focus on increasing the weight.

There is indeed a formula for this, and a way to properly gauge it too (Important once you are deep into a program. A good several months after that first fiery month where most newbies will pack on 14-25lbs of muscle mass). But I’ll be revealing that shortly. Just keep the bug on your radar.

I’ll talk more on this a little later. But the point of this post is to correct those ego maniacs you see at the gym. If you arean ego maniac reading this, then hopefully I’ve corrected your ways. This game is a marathon, not a sprint. Want to look like a shredded beast and have heads turn and people rush to you to learn how you’re doing it? Then take it slow dudes and dudets. This is just the beginning. Let the bug shredding begin. Bug universe, fitbugs and buggets unite.

See you in the comments.