In short there is are two reason why gym rats go through gaining and cutting phases. First, the gaining phase works - adding a thousand calories to my diet has helped me gain muscle mass (more on this later). Second, you pick up some unwanted fat so you will cut after a while.
This is my first two weeks on a gaining phase. The results are fantastic as far as I’m concerned. Up 3cm on my shoulders and chest, up 2 cm on my upper arms, and added a cm on my forearm, hips, and thighs. Lost half a cm on my neck, and a full cm on my calves. I see the light, and will begin doing proper gaining/cutting phases because restricting my calorie intake while going to the gym 9 times a week was getting me nowhere.
Only 4 more weeks of the gaining phase to go, though I must drop off my creatine for a while as I’ve been on it way too long.
Knee injury update: no longer in constant pain. Still need to do the physio-assigned exercises - albeit more regularly.
Forearm injury update: still in pain - getting worse. I need to completely revamp my exercise routine for the next two weeks to do nothing which involves any strain on my forearm.
How this will affect my progress?