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How to Avoid Smoothing Out While Bulking Up

Posted Mar 25 2010 7:11am
First, I want to say thank you for the program!!! I am a 41 yr old (5'9'') ectomorph and have been at a steady weight of 174 lbs. for many years - most I ever weighed was 179. Until Now!!!

I have been on your program for 6 weeks and constantly upped the weight and now weigh 196 lbs. My question is: Where do I go from here? I like the gains but do not want to plateau. Is there another program that you recommend for ectomorphs?

Also, with all the eating, mass gain drinks, protein drinks, creatine and NOX, I feel that I'm also getting fatter as well. Do you recommend cardio on off days or wait until I build more mass then cut?

Thanks again for all your help!!! This is awesome what you do!!!!

- J.B.

My Answer: Congrats on making a 20 pound gain in such a short period of time, JB. If you want to keep making gains in size and strength, but you're starting to smooth out a bit, then I suggest you use strength training as the primary fat loss engine. Ectomorphs respond horribly to cardio. They end up losing muscle mass. So if you can, cut the cardio and follow a strength training/fat loss program such that found in the Building a Bigger Engine article.
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