Anyone here work in any sort of manual labor field? How much do you eat every day? Do you have any other tips on keeping your gainz and progressing in the gym while doing physical work 8+ hours a day? Skilled and unskilled workers welcome to answer
working for 10 years as a construction worker, lifting/carrying heavy shit 8 hours a day.
I'm 6'3" and weight around 220lb. I eat around 3000-3500kcal a day.
just follow your program. if you lifted too heavy at work that day reduce your weight in the gym if you feel like it. listen to your body and you will make gainz.
I did semi physical work as a delivery driver/ warehouse worker, moving boxes around that weren't too heavy. Got a job a couple months ago at a property maintenance company, it's alot more physically demanding. Didn't scale back my workouts at all and my shoulders ended up being super sore for about a week and I was generally tired, but I made some small adjustments and quickly got over being tired and sore. I've managed to go from 205 to 225 at 6'4 in the last 8-10 weeks, eating 3-4 really big meals a day, and using chocolate milk as a secret gains weapon. It was a little tough at first but your body adapts, if you feel more burnt out than usual or soreness lasts longer than it normally does then that's a sign you need to adjust.
Probably less than I should, around 6 or 7 hours during the week but I feel fine. Like me and the other dude said, listening to your body is the main thing. I had a week or two where I felt noticeably shitty and chalked it up to slight CNS burn out. It's funny though, when you look it up you'll find a lot of manly man roiders saying CNS burn out just means youre a pussy, blah blah blah. It's better to err on the side of caution and de load for a week or two until you feel normal again if it does happen.
Worked 7/12s out of highschool as a traveling construction worker. Ate about 3500-4000 cals a day and got fat. Started stronglifts and built muscle quickly but was fatigued at work. After the first two weeks my body adjusted and I was making money and gains. Also carrying rigging equipment up and down flights of stairs made decent forearm gains.
Did a bit work lifting whiskey and other alcoholic beverages for about 3 hours non stop.
I didnt count the calories, but I knew I was eating a crazy amount.
I would often go into the local sandwich store during lunchtime, and surprise and impress all the workers by ordering 3 sandwiches to myself.
People would say, 'how do you eat so much and stay so thin?'. Regardless, I hated it. Around 3-4 in the afternoon (I would start at 9am) I would get so unbelievably tired but couldnt go home till 7.
I'd rather lift desu
Does military count as manual labour? Walking around with a 40lbs backpack (on a good day) + weapon and ammo all fucking day during the last drill wich lasted for a week.
Ate around 4500kcal but still lost 3lbs during that week.
Am in military and on our exercises we carry roughly 40-50kg (dependent on if you're carrying claymores, M72's or MG's), that's 'light infantry' for you. From that you get massive back, trap and core gains.
40lbs is when we moved close to "base" (a leaking shit tent from the 70s). Otherwise yeah, around 70lbs + weapons and ammo, our MG had ~130lbs of load when we moved the camp. Felt sorry for the poor guy, but he didn't complain.
Worked for a contractor every summer in high school
>get the bid to build a bigass house: boss, me, my brother, his friend
>breakfast at 5:00 am
>short break at 9; can of tuna/chicken
>lunch at 12:30, as much food as I can handle
>quittin' time at 4
>squats, diddlies, bench press in the gym every week
I went from a skinny DYEL to a normal-sized kid that summer; felt like a tank on the job site
>anon I need four 12' 2x10s
>"You got it boss"
>anon we need to move this entire house's supply of plywood cause it's in the way
>anon can I borrow your hammer? Mine's not big enough to smash through shit with impunity
Manual labor goes well with permabulk autoregulating powerlifting. Low volume high frequency high intensity.
I do demo work mostly and never had a problem or burn out. I dont even take rest days. The jackhammer used to swell my hands way back but im immune to this even now.
I did have a lot of work injuries holding me back at the gym because of work though. You gotta kinda expect that.
My favorite part of lifting and construction is the recovery. Work used to burn me out but when i started lifting i could just take a nap and be refreshed. It really makes you notice what lifting is about.
Butcher fag here
I stay on my foot 15hours~/day 6 day a week while lifting big piece of meat.
I eat between 3000/3500 calorie depending the specificity of the day and the weather.
>access to shitton of quality farmer meat
Where do you live mate ?
I'm french and here butcher get paid pretty good depending of the quality of the work, some people don't know how to do shit and will never do, there is a lot to learn to be a succesful butcher but like every work there is pros and cons
>pros: pretty good paid 2200 euros "brut" for lowest butcher position up to 4000 for a chief butcher ( chef boucher )
>cons : lots of work to do, main struggle is finding new things to do to earn more and dealing with customers if they decide to shit on you
You will like it if the person who teach you everything know and love his job
was a forest worker until november last year
ate between 5000 and 7000 calories a day
worked out only 3 days a week.
weighed 220lb at 6'0''
When I started I was a fat fuck of 240lbs when I quit last year I weighed 220 with considerably more muscle.
Still fat though. Have cushy desk job now and eat around 1800 on a cut.
Sweden, the pay is around 15000SEK/month (~1600€). The main butcher is a really nice guy and full of knowledge, but you cant really advance much here, at least not within the direct to consumer market. Maximum pay Ive seen is around 2200€/month, and that is for guys who own their own shops.
Ill probably take the job, I can live with shit pay if I love the job.
I've had three labor jobs: one as a temp worker that went to various job sites as needed, one as a construction worker, and my current one with my university's moving department.
Rule number one: eat a lot. Eat more than you think you need if you ever want to make gains. During my several labor jobs I've had, plus biking to commute, and working out five times a week, I no joke had to eat 5000+ calories a day just to maintain. My natural hunger only led to me eating about four thousand, so eating enough to gain weight was a struggle sometimes. I usually ate three big ass meals, drank my calories in the form of juice and milk, and had large "snacks" every chance I could. I didn't gain weight during my time in labor, but I didn't lose it either. You're basically gonna need to go on that permabulk if you're in a hard labor job, as cutting will make you useless at work.
Rule number two: sleep at least nine hours a night. I know sleep is always important, but with the enormous strain you're going to be putting your body through, you're going to need to sleep much more than the minimum of seven hours a night. Sometimes I didn't feel properly rested unless I slept eleven to twelve hours a night, which is obviously really difficult with work and working out in life.
I was thinking of doing something like that. Learn the skills, get some contacts, find a select few farms with great quality beef, pork, mutton etc and keep a steady supply of quality meat in a small-ish shop.
The short answer: Anything not management or planning.
My main task was felling small(up to 12'' inches) trees and stacking the logs for the tractor to pick them up.
The logs could be up to 16 feet in length and weigh up to 300 pounds.
We also planted, put up fences and such.
Oh and splitting oak logs for fencepost. Splitting oak logs was so hard that our usual 8 hour days was cut to 6 hours. We were expected to make around 30-60 posts an hour.
I decided that being a forest manager was better pay without the risk of snap city at 50 years old. I am now an assistent forest manager.
The only thing I adjust is diet. I'm cutting, but my tee varies WILDLY. Somedays I walk over ten miles with a push spreader. Some days it's carrying 2000lbs of fertilizer(50lb bags at a time). Some days I'm in the truck all day.
Workouts are always the same. Just some days it's harder, some days I inevitably fall short, but I still try. There is some quote that says you don't have to do it perfectly, but you do have to do it.
I usually get 5hrs sleep. Not nearly enough, to be sure.
We have some of the highest taxes in the world and living a "normal" lifestyle costs a fucking fortune by most standards. Everything is taxed to shit, especially alcohol and housing.
Mover since recently, I think it's actually helping with my lifts from picking up random stuff in different ways all day
Just eating the equivalent of a small extra meal per day and drinking a lot more
>How much do you eat every day?
and grinding through work and gym is less exhausting than one might think in the beginning but the body adapts to everything quite quickly
> It was horrible
I have done manual labor gigs, and as long as your days are 8hrs or less you can still cope. But when your days are 9+ hours, AND you are trying to stay fit, just fucking forget it. You wont have energy for both, and will just feel run down all the time.
I used to work part-time for a landscaping guy that wanted like 10 - 12 hour days. Fuck that.
>mfw im scrawny as fuck and i have to work in manual labor
>mfw shitty eating habits at young age fucked me up
>mfw im barely lift weights
>had to do gomad over summer
You are underage and lying.