If you’re a bro over the age of 40 who fears his days of slabbing on rock solid aesthetic muscle are behind him, you’re in for an eye opening treat with this guest post from my brother in iron Paul Thiel.
Paul’s physical transformation this past year has absolutely blown my mind. Even more impressive is his consistency and dedication to the craft of physique artistry.
Upon seeing the stats from his nearly year long muscle building journey and hearing the valuable insights from his experience, I knew it was gold that just had to be shared with you.
So without further ado, let’s dive into those knowledge bombs!
In 46 weeks, I managed to add 39 lbs of body weight, with over 21 lbs of that coming as muscle. And topping the scale at 209 lbs was a huge achievement for me. But what did I learn from almost a year of bulking?
First, a little context.
There’s nothing exceptional about my genetics. I’m an average 5’9” and my natural set-point is a soft welterweight. I’ve played sports casually over the years and spent my entire working-life sitting behind a desk. But I’m certainly no bodybuilding noob, and I definitely know my way around the gym with many years of training under my belt. I’m also in pretty good shape considering my forty-six years. In the realm of physique transformation, I’ve been as low as 148 lbs and single digit body fat, and previously topped the scale at 187 lbs.