Out of the 11 videos I’ve featured from Mike Chang’s Six Pack Shortcuts in this series, I think this is my favorite one. And I can’t even put my finger on it – why I like it so much, that is. Maybe you can tell me…
I don’t know why, but I had a big smile on my face while watching that. I think it’s because it was just a casual group of guys talking about what they love to do. It wasn’t “in your face,” high energy, or sales oriented. It’s the kind of talk you might overhear at a serious gym – not one of those 24-hour health clubs most of us have trained in before.
Not only did I have my stereotypical beliefs about pro strongmen challenged, I also gained some valuable insight into how to pack on muscle without severely undermining my health. You can just tell that these guys are some seriously strong dudes, but that they’re not the meat-heads that mainstream media likes to make them out to be. They’re just normal guys who want to get really strong.
So, what lessons did I draw from this video?
1) You don’t have to eat a ton of garbage (ie junk food) to get huge. You can eat healthfully and still become bigger, stronger version of yourself.
2) If you want to gain a lot of muscle, you’re going to have to eat a lot of muscle-supporting food. If you want to gain a ton of muscle, you’re going to have to eat a ton of muscle-supporting food. And even for these guys, I’m sure that eating 6,000-8,000 calories per day is no joke, especially when you’re staying away from junk food. When I owned my landscaping business, and did hard manual labor 5-6 days a week, my calorie intake was usually between 5000-6000 calories per day, and that was enough to maintain my weight around 160-170 pounds. And I was eating all day long, topped with a large meal for dinner every day. Seriously, that’s a lot of food. And that’s not to say that every guy will need 6-8k calories per day, as Eric got by on about 4,000 calories per day. It’s all in the details, and the details are different from person to person. Generally speaking, the bigger you are and the harder and longer you train, the more food you’ll need. Makes sense, right?
3) If you want to get HUGE, then you’ve got to train hard regularly, and go heavy on the big muscle-maker exercises like squats, deadlifts, and presses, among others. You can’t get around this fact. So, I better not see you doing bicep curls in the squat rack!
4) You can gain strength and muscle gradually, or you can do it quickly. Both methods have merit in the right context, and each method has advantages and disadvantages. But that said, unless there is a need for rapid results, it’s usually better to gain strength and muscle gradually as the results will be more solidified and more likely to stay.
These are just a handful of things I gleaned from this quick interview with a few pro strongmen. And like I said, I really enjoyed it, and would love to see more videos like this in the future. Well done, Mike!
Check out my full review of Six Pack Shortcuts to learn more.