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When should I start Bulking

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HeavensFence
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When should I start Bulking « : February 20, 2017, 10:42:26 PM »
So I have been working out 6 days a week, and doing cardio 5 days a week for 30 mins after my workout. I am really watching my macros right now and eating 50-55% protein 25-30% fat and 20% carbs, and I'm eating around 2k to 2500 calories. This has gone on for a month and I have seen awesome results (you can see the before and after pictures). I'm currently only supplementing a preworkout, whey protein and creatine.   I'd honestly like to eventually be a competitive natural bodybuilder and I was wondering if I should continue cutting or start bulking now. Also what supplements would help put on lean muscle. I am open to any supplement not banned by the NANBF so I can do competitions totally clean. So SARMS are definitely out. Thanks



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« Reply #1: February 21, 2017, 03:12:38 AM »
Great job, bulking is always a personal choice.  You could see how lean you can get (trial run for competition ) to see what weight class your going to be in.  Or if your tired of dieting hit a clean bulk and see where it goes.

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« Reply #2: February 21, 2017, 09:00:04 AM »
I would suggest more of a lean bulk/recomp. The traditional bulk/cut doesn't typically work too well for naturals. You're better off staying relatively lean year around and just slowly adding size. Then before a show you would do a more traditional "cut".

But I have zero experience actually doing this. I am natural and love lifting weights, but I certainly do not consider myself a bodybuilder nor have I ever competed. This is just what I have picked up from listening to others on the site and other places over the years. I can tell you that for me when I was a noob and went on a bulk and got pretty fat I just lost it all on the cut because I didn't have those special vitamins that let me eat very low cal and keep all my muscle.

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« Reply #3: February 21, 2017, 10:06:43 AM »
Calorie surplus with a higher body fat is asking for more fat storage, so get your body fat at 10% or less before you worry about bulking.

Lower body fat = higher insulin sensitivity and a greater proportion of the weight you put on will be muscle as opposed to fat.
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« Reply #4: February 21, 2017, 01:10:11 PM »
Calorie surplus with a higher body fat is asking for more fat storage, so get your body fat at 10% or less before you worry about bulking.

Lower body fat = higher insulin sensitivity and a greater proportion of the weight you put on will be muscle as opposed to fat.

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« Reply #5: February 22, 2017, 03:20:05 PM »
Calorie surplus with a higher body fat is asking for more fat storage, so get your body fat at 10% or less before you worry about bulking.

Lower body fat = higher insulin sensitivity and a greater proportion of the weight you put on will be muscle as opposed to fat.

This.  I just started reading the Maximum Muscle Bible and Paul Carter mentions the same thing.  He notes to never get above 15% body fat when bulking.
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« Reply #6: February 23, 2017, 07:20:55 PM »
How much do you currently weigh? I'd also recommend taking an extra rest day or two throughout the week depending on your intensity. Usually 6 days is a little too much, but like i said it really depends on how hard you go when you do go. You should also look into fat burners to speed up the process, they're definitely not necessary, but they can give you a little boost. Just be careful with the amount of stims.
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« Reply #7: February 27, 2017, 09:26:43 AM »
Listen to this guy. He knows what he's talking about!
^^^^^^THIS!!!!!!!
one should not think over bulking until under 10%
I have heard this now from Petey a true broksi
Greg plitt said this many times as well and he tried to battle a train and lost god rest his soul
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