Hello and welcome to the Revolution Blog. 5 weeks ago I set out with a weight gain goal in mind and now I have completed training phase 1 and the first week of my second training phase I’m feeling great. It’s amazing how time does seem to fly when in ‘training mode’. Even though 12 weeks can seem worlds away before you start, before you look around it’s upon you.
As I’ve mentioned before I have noticed that my body fat has drifted north a bit during my training and eating frenzy but keeping my eyes set on my ultimate weight gain goal it’s worth that sacrifice. It’s fair to say that I won’t be having abs popping out over the next 4 weeks but on the flip side of that I’ve noticed that my t-shirts have become tighter around the arms and chest which is a real representation of what is going on. Also being described as looking ‘bear like’ while pushing the buggy along this weekend sort of says a lot.
Having been a personal trainer for a decade I have noticed something hilarious that applies to both men and women. The more in-shape a client gets the tighter and smaller their clothes get! When a client starts on their fitness journey they will quite often wear layers of baggy clothing even in the hight of summer, in an attempt to disguise their body’s outline. By the end of their 12 weeks that same client will be wearing training kit so tight and fitted that it’s probably a size that would comfortably fit for my 6 year old son.
I have often told my clients on a weight loss or weight gain goal that clothes don’t lie! I know that sounds like a rip off of that Shakira song but the fact that clothes are so brutally honest when it comes to your physique should be used as a great measure (aside from a personal trainer measuring you every 4 weeks that is). Body weight on the bathroom scales is another way I suppose but this alone will only give you a part of the picture
Everybody has an ‘in shape’ item of clothing and believe me, whether it’s a fitted shirt or a pair of gold hot pants, that ‘in shape’ item of clothing can’t wait to let everyone know how your training is going. It can be a powerful motivator when you’re training hard and a loud wake up call when you’re not. So listen to your wardrobe people, for when you open its doors, it speaks only truth!