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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-28-2009, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Gaining weight to move up a class?

I know it's the exact opposite of what most people do. But does anyone sucessfully gain weight and move up classes?

I know some fighters who move from 170 to 185 for example, but they usually walk around at 190+ (I've read Anderson Silva walks around close to 200lbs). I'm interested more in a natural 155 moving up to 170.

How much muscle weight can you really put on? On any given day I'll be about 5'10" 160lbs. I'm joining an MMA gym soon and would much rather fight at 170.

I can only assume that putting on 10-15lbs of muscle is very hard to do, and it might limit your speed or cardio. I'm not very experienced in this kind of thing and would love for some of you guys to clear it up for me.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-28-2009, 10:35 PM
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It's nearly impossible to gain weight AND train MMa full time, but if you are really set on gaining weight, then you need to adjust your diet and start eating LOTS of calories, meaning 4-6k a day. Make sure the diet is filled with lots of proteins,healthy fats, healthy carbs, fruits, and of course, veggies.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-28-2009, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I think you're right. If I can get up to 175 while training fully, will my weight plateau and I won't have to take in as many calories?

Or does the body always go back to it's natural weight?
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You'll plateau. Along with an adjusted diet, try more protien for muscle such as whey and casien . Also eat lots and lots of calories such as low fat, high protien foods like chicken and fish. You may also want to try some supplements such as arginine and nitric oxide...(just in my opinion cause I'm hard on cardio)

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