Relentless is next Saturday, so my water loading to make weight started this past Saturday.
Basically it's 2.5-3 gallons of water a day each day, and this will continue on until Wednesday night. I also make some changes in my diet like eliminating red meat, which causes me to gain/hold weight because of creatine and sodium. I reduce my food intake back to chicken breasts, egg whites, and shakes for the most part. I do take in some good fats via natural peanut butter as well.
Training wise, I did my last deload session on Saturday where I squatted 365x5, did some rows, and some light db bench press. Everyone has their own method for deloading, and some guys train heavy up until 5-7 days out, however I have found more times than not, the more rested you are on meet day, the better you feel and the better you lift. I did pull 635 for doubles from a deficit last Wednesday, and that's about right in terms of getting in the last heavy pull session. In reality, you really would like to get in your last heavy pull 2 or even 3 weeks out. I will be expounding on this in the new Base Building book, and have the new Strong-15 short cycle setup this way. In fact, you deload the squat the last heavy deadlift session, then deload the deadlift, and take the last heavy squat session.
Trust me, it'll make sense when you see it on paper. But basically, it's something like this.........
week 4 - heavy deadlift, deload squat
week 5 - heavy squat, deload deadlift (or no deadlift at all)
week 6 - deload completely/meet
As of this morning my weight was 258 pounds. This is about 3 pounds off of where I was when I was cutting weight for Nationals. I am definitely not fatter, so I think it's safe to say that since then I have indeed added 2-2.5 pounds of lean tissue to my frame. That is a solid gain for someone at my level, and in a short period of time.
Unfortunately, I also have a slight cold at the moment but it feels like it will subside before the meet or travelling. I've been taking ecinachia and emergen-c like pedos take beatings in prison. I have no idea how much that shit really helps but it certainly can't hurt.
I will try to chronicle a little bit everyday here, including some video logs. The last couple of days before the weight cut are going to be fairly miserable so you guys will probably enjoy that a whole lot.