The Contrast

The Contrast
Lift Big, Sing Big, Look Great Doing It.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Weight Gain and Makin' Gainz

Tis' the beginning of weight conscious season. Meaning people are set with the choice of how they're going to navigate and manage the shape of their bodies during the coming feasting seasons. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. The big "Fuck It" Holidays. It's the fitness industries double edged sword. They worry that they're going to lose all of their current clients at the beginning of this season and look forward to gaining oodles and oodles of New Years clients near the end. It's a vicious cycle.

The fact that these holidays also land during the coldest times of the year is also problematic for two reasons...

Firstly - when it's cold outside, people rarely want to deviate their regular outings, so getting to a training facility goes from being fun to inconvenient. Especially if you're usually a morning training person (Like Ol' Yeargain) and it literally hurts your hands to touch your frigid steering wheel on your way to the lion's den.

Secondly - We as a species have a strong survival instinct. Being lean and hanging out in a lower body fat percentage, having to throw on a couple of additional layers gets to be real inconvenient and horrendously uncomfortable. Also, your metabolism can be boosted from frequent shivering. Now you've got a perfect storm of insatiable appetite.

Combine the the two things mentioned above with an abundance of holiday cheer in the form of free treats and you've got a shit storm of potential fat gain. Which, isn't that big of a fucking deal. Even ya boy, Ol' Yeargain has stopped stepping on the scale and letting himself get a bit fluffy. I'm still keeping pretty on point, tracking my food (for the most part), and letting my lifts and mirror be my guide.

A lot of people who consider themselves "fitness minded" let the winter be a prime excuse to gain a bunch of weight in the name of a "Bulk." However, most people bulk like damned fools. Eating all sorts of junk in the name of fitness, skipping workout sessions, and letting themselves get sloppy. Fat gain can help your strength (specifically in your pressing movements) increase dramatically. However, if you're a person looking to use their bodies as a vehicle of performance (acting, performing, body-builder, etc.) it doesn't serve you to gain a bunch of weight that you're going to have to peel off once spring shows it's fucked up face.

However, being forced to wear multiple layers of clothes so you don't feel like you're going to die when walking to your car gives a person enough removal from the focus on physique long enough to play a little yolo, nurish the body with excess nutrition and DOMINATE some lifts. I'm personally taking this time to push the progressive overload, make some gainz, and put on enough quality muscle that when I cut down again, I'll be bigger AND Leaner.

In the end, gaining weight is only an issue for people who have no clue how to lose weight. This is a skill that is learned, cultivated and perfected. It took me the better part of a year to have the confidence in the weight loss process and figure out techniques to get through the messier times and to learn how basic human chemistry works in regards to food. And now, I teach others how to do it. If you're interested in learning, email me at

Until next time, eat with confidence, but don't play too much YOLO and get shloooopppyyyy. And, as always...

Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing It.

The Opera Bro


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