LEFT: Senior year of college / Age 21 / 165ish lbs
RIGHT: 4 days ago / Age 25 / 207ish lbs
I don’t share these side-by-sides to brag (although I’m damn proud of my 100% natural progress), I share them to inspire. While the Brian on the left was training hard 5 days a week, I was also living in my fraternity house and drinking 2-3 nights a week. I thought I understood what I needed to be eating to optimize my progress, but I really didn’t – the drinking didn’t help either. The 4 years in between these photos really shows the power of what can happen when you set your mind to a goal and figuring out what works for YOU. If I could give some tips:
👉🏻 Figure out what training style your body responds best to (bro-splits, powerlifting schemes, cross-fit, etc.) as well as rep schemes, volume, etc. This can be ever-changing, but don’t get pigeon-holed into one line of thinking. Try new things!
👉🏻 Figure out the calorie range (and macronutrient ranges) your body responds best to. YouTube videos can only teach you so much. Eventually, you must trail-and-error it out for yourself. For years, I was undereating because of what I read in books and watched online. Unless you have a coach, the advice you will find online is tailored towards the masses and not your SPECIFIC needs. Once I learned I need way more calories than the average person, things started to click for me.
👉🏻 Be patient. While my progress from age 21 to 25 may impress you, there are also 4 years (Ages 17 to 21) I spent frustrated while hitting the gym constantly because I wasn’t seeing any progress and I didn’t understand why. The Body Fat Solution by Tom Venuto is one of the books that really helped me break through. Consider picking it up!