Thursday 11th February 2016,
Travis Holley's

Day 267 of 365: Mass Gain Secrets

As y’all know, I am on a Mass Gaining quest to 185lbs.

This is the first week and I am already 2lbs up!  Not a bad start when you consider that it took me nearly 8 months to build from 140 to my current weight of 165.  This relatively rapid gain is most likely due to a couple factors:

1.Increasing the amount of quality food I eat.
2.Changing the frequency of my workouts from 7x/week to 4.
3.Changing the style of training from “Conditioning” to “Strictly Strength SWODs”

Today’s post is going to primarily focus on the 1st and last areas.

When I began this Mass Gain Project, I asked for input from anyone out there that have found a particular practice to be helpful in putting on lean mass.  Luckily, I received an email from an old friend of mine, Jeff Guthrie.  Jeff is an all-around badass dude and excellent coach at EmerFit in my old hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado.  In addition to that, he is a expert in BioSignature nutritional/lifestyle coaching.  So with all of that being said…He spoke, I listened.  And so should you!

Here is the email he sent me:

Here is what I do with clients that want to put on some lean body mass.  I’ve had really good results.  These tips I learned from Charles Poliquin.

1. Digestive enzymes.
95% of the population have deficient levels of stomach HCL for many different reasons.  If you have low stomach acid, you could be eating all the food in the world but you won’t be able to absorb it. 

2.  Glutamine loading.
Take 80 grams a day for five days. 10 grams every two hours diluted in a cup of water.  Take two days to work up to that dosage.  Two possibilities why it works:
A.  Glutamine is the primary building block of the gut lining.  Many people unknowingly from leaky gut and food intolerances.  Glutamine loading seals the lining and diminishes food interolerances and inflammation.
B. Muscle gains are correlated to how strong your immune system is.  Glutamine loading boots the immune system.  Conversely if you over train your glutamine levels drop dramatically.
3.  Start cooking your meat in butter (grass fed of course).
Butter supplies butyric acid, a short chain fatty acid that feeds good gut bacteria, which helps absorb more nutrients.  You can use coconut oil or olive oil as well.

4.  Here’s a tip for Dr. Mauro Di Pasquale M.D.
Every five days increase your calories by 50%. Spread out between six or seven meals.  Make sure your 150% is a rest day.
So, there it is.  Some simple, yet very effective tips to help those of you out there that want to join me in this Mass Gain Project.  Keep me posted on your successes and the practices that you’ve found to be beneficial.  Here’s to MASS!

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About The Author

Travis Holley is a CrossFit Level II Coach, has a B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado, and has 3 years of experience coaching a wide variety of individuals ranging from young athletes to grandparents, and everyone in between.