Another route is Rehan Jalali’s routine in the “Success Story” on page 172. He did only five or so sets per bodypart, training each muscle once every seven days (it’s really more if you include indirect work); however, he also did interval sprinting three days a week, which is very demanding and which can produce great metabolic strides. He coaxed his metabolism out of the hardgainer doldrums, and with a two-on/one-off weight-training regimen he got enough stimulation in each muscle to trigger growth. Would he have done so well without the sprinting? Very doubtful.
Keep in mind that it’s my job to tell you the truth and what I’ve seen work for hardgainers. I’m not here to tell you what you want to hear, like you should only train twice a week for 30 minutes a workout. That’s like giving up. Or to let you off the hook with an excuse like bad genetics. Whatever your genetics, you can make gains if you’re willing to experiment with many different kinds of routines and understand exactly what makes hardgainers hardgainers in the first place. Think, understand and experiment, and soon you’ll drop that hardgainer tag like a bad habit—or you’ll at least be noticed as someone who works out and has muscles, even in clothes.
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Q: Should I take Cort-Bloc before bed—around 10:30 p.m.—even though I lift at 4 p.m.? I was also thinking about using RecoverX as my postworkout drink instead of [a meal replacement]. What do you think?
A: If you’re only going to take Cort-Bloc once, I suggest taking it about 20 minutes before you train—two to four capsules. If you can afford to take a second dose, even only one or two capsules, use it again before bed. Preworkout, however, is the most important time.
As for your second question, yes, I think RecoverX is the best postworkout supplement you can use because it has both fast carbs and fast protein in the right proportion—60 grams of carbs to 40 grams of protein. After you train, you have a need for speed. If you use a standard meal replacement or protein powder with a casein-whey mix, it can slow down the absorption. You want the fastest entry into the bloodstream possible, and RecoverX provides that by including hydrolyzed whey, a so-called predigested form that’s the fastest protein available.