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October 27, 2009
Trouble Gaining Weight?
Yesterday, I just heard another one of our athletes saying his friend had trouble gaining weight. In the last decade of coaching thousands of athletes, this statement has a ridiculously simple solution, eat more calories.

At Sparta, we usually have to introduce what really training is like, exposing new athletes to levels of work and intensity that they have never experienced. Eating is the same way. You may think you’re eating a lot to gain weight, but caloric intake is central to solving your problem.

While we take a detailed, healthy approach to most of our athletes, those individuals who struggle to gain weight must take a different approach. I’ll never forget a good friend and coach, Jim Steel, opened his lunch one day to reveal 6 hamburger patties that he would consume for his afternoon snack. Powerlifters have been known to order large pizzas and dump olive oil on top for added calories. So if you’re truly looking to gain weight (and not just whining that you cannot gain weight), eat a few huge meals a day, just make sure your definition of huge is bigger every meal.
October 27, 2009
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3 thoughts on “Trouble Gaining Weight?”

  1. Does calories in result in calories out? Or would an athlete be better off focusing on better quality calories or food as suggested in ealier Sparta Points? (Food Pyramid Sucks)Would a powerlifter who focused on a healthy diet rather than increasing his or her weight, be better performance wise during those high intensity workouts and movements?

  2. This post was intended for hardgainers, so the answer is both to get more calories; eat better quality food plus high calorie foods like pizza.

    A higher body fat content is inevitable in power athletes to maintain/add more muscle mass, especially baseball players (CC Sabathia?). Cheers, Phil

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