Dang! OK, so the guy in the pictures below is one of my best friends, and he came to me not too long ago and told me he wanted to gain mass with P90X. After talking to him for quite a while, explaining the things he needed to do to get his results and how much commitment and hard work it would take, he gave it a go. Before you check out his P90X before and after pictures, which you’ve already probably done anyways, first let me tell you how proud I am of him for committing himself the way he has. Understand that it is MUCH harder to gain mass than it is to lose weight, and for him to get these results takes outstanding commitment to diet, workouts, and the proper supplements. Slacking on any of these would have slowed down his results drastically. In his 90 days of following the mass gaining routine I showed him, he ended up gaining about 12 lbs, which is INSANE! Here are his P90X mass gaining transformation photos..
What did I have him do? It’s a combination between a lot of things. The first thing I thoroughly explained to him was that he needed to take in a TON of calories! When I say ton, I mean close to 3,500 – 4,000 per day. I had him stick to a fat/carb/protein % (% of total calories) of right around 20/60/20 throughout the entire round. Carbs would be his best friend during his transformation, and I know he enjoyed that very much. However, here’s what you have to understand, just because you’re looking to gain mass with P90X doesn’t mean that you can go out and eat whatever you want. I had him fully commit to eating healthy foods like complex carbohydrates, lean meats, fruits, veggies, and told him to stay away from alcohol the best that he could. I explained to him that the diet was going to be the biggest factor in his results, and he committed himself fully to it, and is why his results are so outstanding!
Next, he had to take in the proper supplements. Because it’s hard for anyone to take in 4,000 calories per day, he needed to take some sort of weight gainer that contained a ton of calories, so I got him on Optimum Nutrition’s Serious Mass and had him take it after each workout. 1 serving of it contains close to 1,200 calories, and that’s exactly what he needed. Next, I had him take whey protein as well. He would take it once a day, usually in the morning, so that his muscle wouldn’t break down after having no food for 8 hours during sleep. Last, I had him eat something right before bed so that his muscles would heal and develop properly during protein synthesis while he slept.
Now on to the workouts. I told him to stay away from cardio as much as possible because the last thing he needed to do was burn a ton of calories working out. By doing a lot of cardio, he would have had to increase his calories even more because his goal was to have a caloric surplus at the end of the day. You have to constantly feed the muscles when you’re looking to gain mass! What I had him do was focus on all the P90X resistance workouts, following the different phases like you normally would, while also adding in some additional heavy resistance training as well. He would come over to the house and we would add in exercises such as dumbbell press, barbell press, dumbbell flys, etc. After committing himself to the workouts every day, he went from being a rail to Arnold!
Mike’s results proves that it is indeed possible to gain mass with P90X! For those of you who didn’t believe so before, you better be a believer now after seeing his results. Like I said, I’m very proud of him and the commitment that he has put in to get to this point! Mike became a Beachbody Coach like I am and is now helping others gain mass with P90X just as he has. If you would like to make Mike your coach, click here! To contact him or purchase P90X from him, click here.