Bulking Blues

  • ilduce

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    Feb 05, 2012 5:13 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I'm just finishing up my latest and longest ever bulking phase(four months) I've gone from a lean 160 to 193lbs. I managed to carry the weight well for most of the time and have only just recently began to really notice/feel the extra fat on my frame. A lot of that is a good indicator that my frame was building muscle mass steadily instead of just converting the extra calories to all fat.

    Lately I am starting to really notice the fat, as have others who've commented on it. Luckily I'll be staring to cut in a week or two and it can't happen soon enough for me. Anyone have any good tips on dealing emotionally/visually with the extra pounds while bulking?
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    Feb 05, 2012 8:37 PM GMT
    It realy depends on how you bulk. Last year's bulking I added a lot of fat with it so when I cut down (see the pics in my profile) I looked awesome but lost a good deal of weight. When I went back to bulking this round I basicaly kept my cutting diet but increased the amount I was eating. The result has been a solid gain in muscle mass without the excessive fat. I'm 5 months into bulking and 3 weeks away from cutting for competition and I can still see my clearly when I practice my posing abs and I am bigger than I was at my peak last time aroundbut I will have afr less fat to cut this time.
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    Feb 05, 2012 11:11 PM GMT
    I don't know what's the point of bulk & cut if you're not using steroids.

    http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/the_truth_about_bulking

    Did you measure your body fat levels before & after your bulking phase? You need to know how much lean mass you actually gained. Nothing justifies adding this amount of fat, you could gain as much lean mass with a fraction of the fat.
  • ilduce

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    Feb 09, 2012 11:33 AM GMT
    I've always had a good effect with bulking, though I've never done steroids. I have a hard time lifting heavy and adding size unless I take in the extra calories and eschew cardio otherwise my body continues to tone rather than grow.
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    Feb 09, 2012 12:44 PM GMT
    I'm exactly the same as you, I feel really fat right now, my only hope is that in a couple of months when I do a good cut there will be plenty of good muscle revealed!!

    No real tips other than just keep your eyes on the prize and remember that the fat is temporary and you WILL shift it to reveal a kick-ass physique!!
  • LaxJock16

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    Feb 09, 2012 12:49 PM GMT
    I have said this on other posts train hard and stop obsessing about the numbers ie weight. Focus on good form, strength and movement as well as upping your weight load on the barbell and the rest will follow... I haven't stepped on a scale in months but what I have seen in the mirror has been pretty amazing... and its only the beginning.
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    Feb 09, 2012 1:02 PM GMT
    Not to critique, but what's the point of bulking and cutting? Slow and steady wins the race! icon_smile.gif

    In any case, I think you gotta brush off the people who are saying things. Truthfully bulking requires you to gain weight... so naturally people are probably going to say something after a while - and you've put on 33 lbs! If it really bothers you perhaps start cutting now... what different will 2 weeks make? icon_smile.gif Best of luck.
  • Neferti

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    Feb 12, 2012 5:29 PM GMT
    ZbmwM5 saidNot to critique, but what's the point of bulking and cutting? Slow and steady wins the race! icon_smile.gif


    This. I would much rather do a slow bulk over 6 months and stay single digits body fat versus the traditional 3 month bulkfest and hitting bf in the teens and then having to spend 3 months on a strict diet hoping to maintain what muscle I just built.
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    Feb 12, 2012 5:45 PM GMT
    Not sure the point is of stressing over the extra pounds. Granted, 33 lbs on a 5'6" frame is alot (trust me, I'm there with you), but if you know you're gonna start leaning up in a few weeks, why stress?
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    Feb 13, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
    The whole idea of bulking has been dismissed scientifically I am not sure what to say. Are you guys reading Muscle and Fitness circa 1980? Lee Haney crap? Yeah, I am a fat ass in the off season but that makes me bigger? Fat does not become muscle. If you compete, you have to eat less to stay ripped. But that is fat over muscle, not fat turning into muscle somehow. You get fat and you have to lose fat eventually and there will not be a slab of muscle underneath.
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    Feb 13, 2012 1:42 AM GMT
    It's really a lot better to do short mini bulks as opposed to a long bulk like that (especially if you're natural).
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    Mar 24, 2012 6:19 PM GMT
    So tired of eating! Lol!
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    Mar 24, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
    I can't tell you about the emotional stress while intentionally bulking, but I can tell you about the emotional stress of being too fat... lol...

    I am sure you will lose it quickly and regain your confidence.

    Spring is coming - and this is when everyone is trying to lose their winter pounds - so you are in the same boat as many people. People's comments can hurt, so you have to find other ways of keeping yourself motivated.

    Best of luck!
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    Mar 24, 2012 6:30 PM GMT
    at 5-6 190's is way too heavy for you....start cutting now. It is not even healthy.