How Much Muscle Is Too Much?
You’ve been lifting for years and you’ve gone from a skinny twig to having a decent amount of muscle. You’re continuing to lift week after week, progressing in strength and steady muscle gains. Your friends take notice, and are starting to say that you’re becoming too massive in size and that you need to chill out for a bit. But when do you stop? When can you define the point where you have too much muscle and you need to stay where you’re at?
I’ve been through this year after year, my friends constantly ask me why I bulk up, why I want to be so damn muscular and tell me that I should stop gaining size and focus on becoming more “useful” than big and bulky with my body. I can only tell you this through my own experience and what I’ve noticed from being friends with seasoned bodybuilders and physique models:
The day that you make the decision to add muscle size, strength and change your life drastically, you’ll never feel big enough, good enough, or be pleased with where you’re at.
It’s like an addiction. Wait, let me say that last part again. It is an addiction, and becomes a sickness that is the opposite of anorexia. But how much muscle is too much?
Guys I’ve felt this before, I know where you’re coming from and I’m sure many guys who are reading this article get that feeling as well. You wake up, look at yourself in the mirror, and despite what your girlfriend, or friends might say about you, you never feel like you are big enough or good enough. You have this constant drive and determination to move forward and KEEP ON moving forward despite what people are saying about you. This is a natural feeling that consumes us all and it doesn’t only happen in bodybuilding. It also happens with fame, success, and most of all, money. We live in a society where it’s a constant race to be better than the rest, have more than other people, but we almost never stop to smell the roses.
Honestly, this is one of the fitness questions that I cannot directly answer for you. This is one of the questions that you have to find your own answer to. But I can however give you some insight and share my opinion. Bodybuilding is a serious thing, and packing on hardcore size, is a serious thing. Becoming the biggest, bulkiest, and the most bad ass that you can be, can over time like I said, can develop in to a mental sickness that’s more than an obsession. This is what leads guys to hop on steroid cycle after steroid cycle and injecting themselves with different oils (synthol) and just doing outrageous things to become bigger and better than the rest.
What I’m trying to say is, you need to find a way to be happy with where you are at. The biggest mistake that guys make is NOT setting an end goal in weight. This is what often leads them to bulk for for life and have that constant drive to push forward. Now I understand that and know what it’s like to chase this target, because you grow into a better person along the way, but you need to set an end goal. And once you get there, just hang out for a bit and let your life start to revolve around that new self of yours. Start to adapt, and you might feel like you like being where you’re at. Now I know this is easier said than done, especially with guys and their feeling of being alpha male and dominant over other guys, but this is the only way to be able to determine if you are happy or not with the body that you’ve got. See you in the next article.