Why You Should Not Be "Bulk"
I do not recommend bulk. It's not that I disagree with the basic strategies that support collecting. I have no problem with spending a concentrated amount of time to maximize muscle gain from a calorie surplus. Actually, that's a great idea.
So, what's the problem? The associations that people have with conventional bulking and the term itself. For some reason, the word has been bastardized over the years and became an excuse to focus on junk food, all in the name of pursuit of accomplishments.
It's strange. People who choose the mass do not just try to build muscle; They hunt the total weight of the scale and try to force muscle growth through overfeeding. They often call it "dirty mass" or "fulk" (fat mass). This aggressive bulking strategy makes most lifters unnecessarily fat.
This is a terrible idea if the development of physique is your goal.
The Consequence of Filling
If you gain excessive fat, you will need to spend more time on the diet at the end of your mass phase to show your body. And all "fulking" is a counterproductive strategy. Not only is it a waste of time and energy, but it can lead to anabolic resistance that will prevent you from building muscle.
Instead, you want to increase the weight at a reasonable, measurable rate and try to fall into the bulky mentality, just eat everything in sight. The solution to avoiding the striking mindset is actually very simple.
Your Mindset Matters
Change the name you give to your muscle building season. Do not call it a mass. Instead, try calling it a "mass building phase", "muscle building phase", "growth phase" or as my personal favorite, just a "building phase".
Sure, that's semantics. But it is not ONLY semantics. The word that describes what you do will affect your perception. And if you choose "mass," instead of using a calculated method to build muscle, you can have the huge intestine and double chin that is usually associated with most sloppy bulking strategies.
None of the words I recommended were tarnished by dumpy, would-be bodybuilders with a permak body … or their eating habits. Set your mindset properly and you can be on a solid footing to maximize your muscle while keeping your fat gain to a minimum. It will help you get bigger, but stay leaner.
The power of soliloquy and terminology
Not convinced yet? Think about it like that. If you substitute the word "mass" for something else, you get a more positive attitude. It describes what you do ̵
Your mind is a powerful thing. So is your soliloquy. Very few people are interested in the training and why. Of course they take care of that and probably think about it.
Make sure your internal dialogue uses the right terminology and a positive self-talk. It helps you, albeit only on the subconscious level. Step by step, if you can imagine building stone by stone, training for training, meal after meal, and the feeling that it is in good shape, it also helps you stay focused and motivated.
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