How do you know when to "bulk up" vs get "lean muscle"?


  • Jan 31, 2009 6:49 PM GMT
    I want to get on a plan but I dont know what approach I should take. I know i'm skinny bones and muscle wouldn't hurt at all, but I have a pudgy bloated looking tummy (in my pictures, i'm probably sucking it in) and I'm afraid muscle building would make my tummy bigger(?)

    Should I lose a couple of pounds of fat before I start muscle building? And do you necessarily have to put on fat to "bulk up"?

    Thanks ahead of time =) RJer's always have tons of good advice =)
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    Jan 31, 2009 9:33 PM GMT
    Just work out hard, and eat right. You will build mass and lose fat at the same time.

    It's a misconception that you have to lose weight before lifting weights. Another misconception is the bulk and cut cycles. You don't have to bulk up first and then cut down.
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    Jan 31, 2009 11:53 PM GMT
    The best advice anyone can give you is to just start working out.

    I've done the muscle building workout a few times and I think it's awesome. It's time intensive, but let's face it, have a look at the hot guys on this site, they're investing some quality time in their bodies.
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    Feb 01, 2009 12:58 AM GMT
    You can do both at the same time: eat like crazy to keep your metabolism burning hot, and do HIIT to take advantage of the metabolic boost and fat burning. I dropped to 5% bodyfat and gained 20 lbs over the course of two months.
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    Feb 01, 2009 3:18 AM GMT
    The more muscle you add, the easier it is to stay lean, because all muscle burns calories at REST. Resistance training is the ONLY training that will raise your metabolic rate as you grow older. Resistance training also strengthens your bones in a remarkable way.

    You can lose 10 pounds of WATER over just a day, or two. You don't lose two pounds of fat in a week, etc....that's just glycogen deloading.

    The most important thing is to eat; to fuel the furnace.

    At your very low body weight (5'9", and 130#) the LAST THING you need to be doing is depriving yourself of calories. You're extremely diminutive, and unless you like being small (I note you said that already), the whole notion of reduction makes absolutely no sense. EAT.

    If you bring your calories up, you'll be able to exercise with higher intensity, to grow, and recover, faster. EAT.

    You mention your stomach. Ever look at someone who is starving and what happens to their stomach (it's called distention)? There you go. EAT.

    To answer your question directly: it's a silly question "How do you know when to "bulk up" vs get "lean muscle"?". If you like being small, you stay small. If you like being big, then, get big. There's not a time specified that you should get big, or get small.

    I weigh 215 pounds at 5'5" and I'm certainly not fat. I haven't weighed 130 since I was in 7'th grade. I like being big, and strong, and lean. I like eating. It works for me. If you like being small, then, that's fine, too. You DO NOT NEED APPROVAL OF A GROUP TO MAKE THIS DECISION.

    The answer is to do what you want.

  • Feb 01, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidThe more muscle you add, the easier it is to stay lean, because all muscle burns calories at REST. Resistance training is the ONLY training that will raise your metabolic rate as you grow older. Resistance training also strengthens your bones in a remarkable way.

    You can lose 10 pounds of WATER over just a day, or two. You don't lose two pounds of fat in a week, etc....that's just glycogen deloading.

    The most important thing is to eat; to fuel the furnace.

    At your very low body weight (5'9", and 130#) the LAST THING you need to be doing is depriving yourself of calories. You're extremely diminutive, and unless you like being small (I note you said that already), the whole notion of reduction makes absolutely no sense. EAT.

    If you bring your calories up, you'll be able to exercise with higher intensity, to grow, and recover, faster. EAT.

    You mention your stomach. Ever look at someone who is starving and what happens to their stomach (it's called distention)? There you go. EAT.

    To answer your question directly: it's a silly question "How do you know when to "bulk up" vs get "lean muscle"?". If you like being small, you stay small. If you like being big, then, get big. There's not a time specified that you should get big, or get small.

    I weigh 215 pounds at 5'5" and I'm certainly not fat. I haven't weighed 130 since I was in 7'th grade. I like being big, and strong, and lean. I like eating. It works for me. If you like being small, then, that's fine, too. You DO NOT NEED APPROVAL OF A GROUP TO MAKE THIS DECISION.

    The answer is to do what you want.


    Thanks for the thorough response chucky stud (And everyone else too!!!) I will keep all the hints in mind..

    One thing though, i didn't post to get approval of what to do, i really just didn't know which approach to take... icon_smile.gif