"Doing more exercise with less intensity,"
Arthur Jones believes, "has all but
destroyed the actual great value
of weight training. Something
must be done . . . and quickly."
The New Bodybuilding for
Old-School Results supplies
MUCH of that "something."
This is one of 93 photos of Andy McCutcheon that are used in The New High-Intensity Training to illustrate the recommended exercises.
To find out more about McCutcheon and his training, click here.
I just started the creatine loading phase of the the 6 month routine in the newest book. I started creatine loading on Sunday of this week. My first workout (The A routine) was done on Wednesday. The only real change I made to the diet I was following, a diet on which I lost about 40 pounds was to add the sugar in the creatine mix and maybe another 100-200 calories in fruit.
The day before I started the creatine I weighed 203.8. This morning I weighed 211.6. I am having a hard time believing that my weight could go up 7.8 pounds in 6 days. I do not think I am even eating at maintenance levels yet. Based on my last body composition test, my basal metabolic rate is around 2,700 calories a day. I keep my meals at the 400-500 calorie level per meal, so I get about 1,500 from them. Add 400 for the creatine mix and another 500 for miscellaneous snacks (mainly apples, bananas and pears) and I only come up with 2,400 per day. I started tracking my snacks better yesterday, so I may find I am understating them. However, if I gained the 7.8 pounds in fat, I have to account for 4,550 calories per day. If I gained it in muscle, and the 600 calories per pound of muscle rule is true, I still need to account for 780 extra calories a day. And I know I am not getting that much extra in snacks.
After all that, the question on most minds may be "What is his point?". Well, my point, or rather, question is, does creatine tend to have a water retaining effect? That is one explanation for such a quick weight gain.
Understand, I hope this weight gain is muscle, but am approaching it with a sceptical mind. I have another body composition test scheduled for Nov 24. I will be done with the creatine loading schedule on the 20th, so I thought the 24th was a good time to test the weight gain. If it is water, by the 24th, it should be gone. If it is muscle, on the 24th it will still be there. If it is fat, I will be sad on the 24th.
Creatine makes your muscles retain water. It's touted to expand muscles, increase strength, and help with recovery. Some say it is a flase gain, but muscle is 70% water anyway. If we lift wieghts to get bigger and stronger muscles, why not use creatine to help get bigger and stronger? Some suggest that since it helps use heavier wieghts, it helps with more permanent gains even after you've quit taking it. Even though you will be done with the loading phase on the 20th, you should still be taking 5 grams a day for the matainence phase. So, I don't think your wieght will drop any before your test on the 24th. I'm looking forward to finding out how the test goes.
Thanks for the info. I ws thinking that if the 25 grams a day I am taking causes me to retain a lot of water, the 5 gram maintenance will cause me to retain less. We'll see in a couple weeks what is going on. I really hope there is not much fat involved in this.