Our last few blog posts called our ‘Get Big Series’ were geared towards adding size. We’re going to extend that concept with this post called ‘Clean Bulk.’
Size, strength, and muscle mass are the reasons we look forward to the winter months. We can stand to carry a little fat for the sake of size as we’re hidden by layers of clothes. However, to gain extreme mass doesn’t mean you should let it all go and get fat.
Tips for Clean Bulk
With that we’re going to share some tips for clean bulk. Yes, you want size but it needs to be mostly muscle. You also want to remain healthy and we all know that carrying extra body fat will only hurt your gains.
♦ Lift heavy but also get adequate reps towards the end of your workout
♦ Do cardio at least 3x per week
♦ Eat carbs but don’t overdo it
♦ Eat plenty of high quality protein
♦ Keep sugars to a minimum
♦ Continue to steer clear of processed foods
♦ Eat plenty of fibrous foods
♦ Consider taking digestive enzymes
♦ Stay up on your vitamins and amino acids
♦ Consider a test booster that promotes clean gains
Adding Quality Mass
Remember, your goal should be to add quality mass. A little extra fat may not hurt. But you don’t want to be strong and fat. Sloppy gains aren’t true gains.
Another thing to remember is don’t always go by the scale. If you quickly put on 10 lbs there’s a good chance you gained too much body fat.
The fat you gain the harder it will be to shred up during the spring and summer months. And the more fat you have to lose, the more muscle you’ll lose in trying to drop all the fat you gained over the winter.
Clean Bulk is Healthier
Doing a clean bulk is far more healthy than trying to add a bunch of mass eating everything in sight. The old adage ‘you are what you eat’ holds true. If you eat junk, you’re not going to have the energy to train the way you need to.
Eating too much junk will also deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to recover and maintain health. It’s okay to splurge a little when adding mass, but consider staying on the clean bulk side as much as possible.