Are You Bulking for Life?
So I recently gave in and decided to up my calories to gain some size and muscle. I know I said, that I would maintain my weight over the winter months, but I felt like some body parts needed to be further developed. It’s been about 2 weeks into my so called “bulk” and I have put on about 2 pounds already, and I can tell you this: I’m feeling great. My body is looking fuller and I have more energy and power during my gym sessions because of the extra calories I’m consuming on a daily basis (not too many extra calories though). Oh yeah, and I’m kind of losing my abs.
Today’s article is going to be regarding bulking and how easy it is to get accustomed to the lifestyle and end up bulking for life. I say this because I was once there. If you have seen my before and after pictures (here), I used to be a chubby kid for about 2 years. Don’t get me wrong, I hit the gym 4 times a week, but I was eating a ton of food, all of the time, just trying to consistently get bigger and stronger. I know tons of guys that are the same as well. It’s pretty damn easy to get on the bulk and stay on it when your power is increasing week by week on your lifts, your body is getting bigger, and your arms are hugging those sleeves oh so nicely.
Psychologically, it was amazing, and I never once thought of going back to lifting less weight and being lighter on the scale. But I was borderline fat, and I couldn’t see it. I was in denial. All I saw was a massive dude that could rep out 275 on the bench press. I absolutely loved all of the strength and the mass that I carried around. I would have continued on the bulk if it weren’t for someone making me see that I was actually getting out of control and needed to lose fat. And now that I look back, I could see that I was out of control and a little too fat.
If you’re currently on a bulk or are contemplating going on one to put on some size and strength, my biggest tip for you is: to have an end weight goal, or a time period from start to finish, so you don’t end up too comfortable with your lifestyle. I didn’t have an end goal when I was bulking. I simply wanted to build the biggest and strongest body that I could. That was the biggest mistake on my part. That’s what lead me to be on a calorie surplus for 2 years almost. In my opinion, bulks should last anywhere from 7 to 12 months. This will give you enough time to pack on solid muscle and strength and see noticeable changes to your body providing that you are eating right, resting, training hard, etc. Once the time is up, or you have reached your weight goal, that’s when you should start to cut the calories to reveal that hard earned muscle underneath.
It’s going to be hard, I can tell you that. You’ll have thoughts in your mind that losing weight, muscle and strength is going to be bad, but you have to get past that. Don’t be afraid to cut the fat to look shredded, it’s well worth it in the end. Trust me. Don’t get too comfortable with where you are right now. Don’t get into that mindset that bulking for life is the way to go.