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dmaipa 08-24-2010 10:48 AM

No Excuses for Not Gaining Weight
I remember this interview with Dave Tate, owner of Elitefts. I have much respect for Dave and his story. He takes what he has learned under the bar as a powerlifter and puts it into his everyday life. In this part of his interview he comes across not being able to gain anymore weight this is what he was told:


There was a time at the Old Westside gym where I couldn't gain weight to save my ******* life.

There was this dude who trained there who could just put on weight like ******* magic. He'd go from 198 to 308 and then to 275 and back down to 198. And he was never fat. It was amazing.

I finally asked him one day how he did it.

"You mean I never told you the secret to gaining weight? Come outside and I'll fill you in."

Now remember, we're at Westside Barbell. And this guy wants to go outside to talk so no one else can hear. Think about that for a minute. What the hell is he going to tell me? This must be some serious s*** if we have to go outside, I thought.

So we get outside and he starts talking.

"For breakfast you need to eat four of those breakfast sandwiches from McDonalds. I don't care which ones you get, but make sure to get four. Order four hash browns, too. Now grab two packs of mayonnaise and put them on the hash browns and then slip them into the sandwiches. Squish that s*** down and eat. That's your breakfast."

At this point I'm thinking this guy is nuts. But he's completely serious.

"For lunch you're gonna eat Chinese food. Now I don't want you eating that crappy stuff. You wanna get the stuff with MSG. None of that non-MSG bull****. I don't care what you eat but you have to sit down and eat for at least 45 minutes straight. You can't let go of the fork. Eat until your eyes swell up and become slits and you start to look like the woman behind the counter."

"For dinner you're gonna order an extra-large pizza with everything on it. Literally everything. If you don't like sardines, don't put 'em on, but anything else that you like you have to load it on there. After you pay the delivery guy, I want you to take the pie to your coffee table, open that f-er up, and grab a bottle of oil. It can be olive oil, canola oil, whatever. Anything but motor oil. And I want you to pour that ---- over the pie until half of the bottle is gone. Just soak the ---- out of it."

"Now before you lay into it, I want you to sit on your couch and just stare at that f-er. I want you to understand that that pizza right there is keeping you from your goals."

This guy is in a zen-like state when he's talking about this.

"Now you're on the clock," he continues. "After 20 minutes your brain is going to tell you you're full. Don't listen to that ----. You have to try and eat as much of the pizza as you can before that 20-minute mark. Double up pieces if you have to. I'm telling you now, you're going to get three or four pieces in and you're gonna want to quit. You f-ing can't quit. You have to sit on that couch until every piece is done.

And if you can't finish it, don't you ever come back to me and tell me you can't gain weight. 'Cause I'm gonna tell you that you don't give a ---- about getting bigger and you don't care how much you lift!"

Did I do it? Hell yeah. Started the next day and did it for two months. Went from 260 pounds to 297 pounds. And I didn't get much fatter. One of the hardest things I've ever done in my life, though.
what i thought about this after i read this...CRAZY!!

BendtheBar 08-24-2010 11:02 AM

That's one of my favorite Tate stories.

I also enjoy this video:

dmaipa 08-24-2010 11:13 AM

hahahaha..i forgot about that video. big dudes man.

BendtheBar 08-24-2010 11:22 AM


Originally Posted by dmaipa (Post 77443)
hahahaha..i forgot about that video. big dudes man.

Yeah, that video reminds me of a powerlifting friend of mine that is massive. He used to eat pizza and drink beer post workout - and he's bigger than any natural I've seen, outside of some of the pros.

TitanCT 08-24-2010 11:37 AM

holy...damn i wanna be on that diet.

ElementalVirago 08-24-2010 12:10 PM

My GOD I wish I could eat like that. I'd be a freaking cow if I did that.

ricka182 08-24-2010 01:13 PM

That's friggen crazy! I could never eat that much, and then go train. Although, I'm sure if I told that to Tate, he'd call me a pu**y and say I didn't want to get strong...

dmaipa 08-24-2010 02:06 PM

yea i know what everyone means...i had a friend who was powerlifting who made a living eating at mcdonalds or one the of mexican food places. He got huge and strong which was the purpose. Went to doctors for a check-up and got his blood work done. at 25 yrs old, his cholesterol levels were horrible, and the doctor actually suggested him meet up with an eating group or something. Something like an AA group, but for food.

BendtheBar 08-24-2010 02:14 PM


Originally Posted by ricka182 (Post 77471)
That's friggen crazy! I could never eat that much, and then go train.

I don't think they were really going to train after that meal. I think he was just acting like a doofer....

dmaipa 08-24-2010 02:17 PM


Originally Posted by BendtheBar (Post 77491)
I don't think they were really going to train after that meal. I think he was just acting like a doofer....

hahah yea..those guys are a bunch of characters..

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