A lot of us want to get BIG… RIPPED… SWOLE! Bodybuilder looking-esque. We all know bodybuilders have massive muscle, but on close inspection one will notice that championship powerlifters’ muscles are just as big as those of bodybuilders; yet there is a stark difference in appearance between powerlifters and bodybuilders. Bodybuilders are defined and cut, they’re lean; powerlifters are big wide and got a lot of excess non muscle weight on them – they’re bulked. Now whether you want to be cut like a bodybuilder… (or bootybuilder like many women have dubbed themselves today) or thick like a powerlifters, you’re going to have to bulk first no matter what. Ever heard of Michelangelo’s David? The fourteen foot statue sitting in a museum in Rome depicting the biblical battle between David and Goliath. Well whether you have or not… bulking is kinda like that statue. Before Michelangelo carved the statue, he had to acquire a block of marble (rock) way larger than the statue would ever be. Then he started to chisel away at the rock, breaking off the excess material leaving only his chiseled statue behind. The process of bulking and cutting works the same, you must acquire excess body material, fat and muscle, once that’s accomplished you can chisel away at the fat, burning off the excess material leaving only a chiseled physique behind. Let’s examine how to bulk!
Let’s get something out of the way first – there is no such as bulking without gaining any body fat… the idea that you bulk up purely with muscle without gaining any fat whatsoever is a myth. You’re going to accrue some sort of body fat in the bulking process, even if it is an extremely clean bulk, and really there isn’t anything wrong with that. That aside, let’s gets to it. Bulking is a phase of training in where you grow your muscles as much and as large as possible.
These two aspects of bulking are the essentials. There are a plethora of workout styles, techniques, and routines to explore. Even more meal plans and dieting strategies. This however is the core of bulking, if you commit yourself to eating a clean caloric surplus primarily in protein and train with resistance type exercises you will be on your way. Stay tuned for future blogs were we will take a more in depth look at some workout techniques and meal plans such as utilizing drop sets and the Spartan diet.
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