Now whilst adding meaningful muscle is the central tenet of 99% of the conversations around training it is amazing how many people still get it wrong. The following points are my top tips for casting a bigger shadow come February.
1. Focus your workouts on the basic compound lifts. Gym's are full of completely unnecessary equipment, put your blinkers on and walk past these, Breeds aren't built on machines. Your program should be centred around the squat, deadlift, bench press, chin and farmers walk.
2. Amass time under/over the bar. In order to pack on big muscle you need to generate serious volume with these lifts. This means multiple exposures a week. If you aren't an experienced lifter then look at hitting each lift twice a week. Go for weight in one of those sessions and reps in the other.
3. EAT! It is a simple equation that in order to get big you will have to eat big, very big. As Dan John says just think 'Shark Week' every time you sit down to eat. You are wanting to be a top of the food chain predator so eat like one.
4. Follow a carb back loading style of eating to stay lean whilst bulking. Eat big with protein and fat through the day and then eat even bigger with protein and carbs after your workout. Try to structure your workouts to fall on the afternoon of your social engagements, this way you can attack that buffet knowing that it's going to a good place.
5. Rest. Cardio kills gains! If size is your aim then it is not realistic to also have the aim of training for a half marathon. Combining disparate goals is a sure fire way of missing them all. You're bulking now so chill out and enjoy it, it's only a temporary change of lifestyle so don't be hard on yourself. Love the sofa and love your bed. You want to be looking at 8-10 hours of sleep a night and as for movement don't run if you can walk, don't walk if you can stand, don't stand if you can sit and don't sit if you can lie.
These 5 points are the basis of any attempt to gain muscle mass and you need to hit all of them to get the best results. If you feel you need more help then I can either write your program for you or train you in person. I have limited availability so get in touch now, I'll be happy to help you regardless of you situation.