It wasn’t till I started really putting food down and learning that it is, if not harder to put on good quality mass then it is to lose it. I mean the expression of “Battle of the Knife and Fork” Is truly that! You have to eat when you’re not hungry and walk around bloated all the time no matter what. Luckily at that time, my training partner introduced me to a podcast called IRON RADIO. These guys Rob the Fortress Fortney, Phil Stevens, and Dr. Lonnie Lowery have taught me so much with there research/studies that are provide are way ahead of medical journals and tips on truth about what really needs to be supplemented.  If you give them a chance you will yield a vast knowledge with fraternal feeling of the Iron Community. Besides putting me on the right tracks, they opened my eyes. Really they opened my eyes; I have always had a body distortion even to this day. Instead of being SMALL Lean and ripped thinking I’m BIG, now I’m BIG and lean and when I look in the mirror I still see a small guy, but with the help of the Iron Radio Brotherhood I now understand my place in my own weight class. That is important to know, where your strength to weight ratio is, which in the past I never thought of.  I was; to quote others “a strong ripped little shit” and in climbing I only knew the lighter I was the stronger I was in keeping my ass off the ground. It wasn’t till I was working while listening to a back episode of IR when a guess made the comment “a man isn’t worth a damn until he’s over 200lbs” in the way of mass moves mass this clicked. I’d never been unhappy with my physique but if time is all mostly apart of gaining or losing, why not give it a try. Not like I couldn’t go back. Thought it be fun to play with periodization for a bit. I was to the point where I would give up my six pack to gain mass.

Then a couple weeks later I came across a gem of a youtube vid. I watch this before every training, and it has this quote that made me truly commit to getting big without getting sloppy. Meaning keeping my six pack after all, plus try to hold on to my other attributes.

“What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable”.

Socrates (469 – 399 BC)

I would say the biggest thing that got my gears turning was when I heard the episode of IR talking about a log book. How a log can help you stay the course and give you something to quantify so you can track progress and know where you are in your training… So I made one out of a generic accounting spread sheet.  I was primed.

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