CLEAN BULK!

Muscular Development|March 2020

CLEAN BULK!
YOUR GUIDE TO MAKING LEAN MASS GAINS
RON HARRIS

BULKING UP

The whole point of bodybuilding, at its very core, is to get bigger. Since long before most of us were born, bodybuilders have arranged their training year around the four climatic seasons of spring, summer, fall and winter. It didn’t matter whether or not said bodybuilders competed, though that often factors heavily into the equation. Obviously, the term “offseason” describes the time of year when bodybuilders strive to add more muscle mass so that they will be larger the next time they diet down and step onstage. In past decades, the bigger contests were usually held in the early fall, meaning the remainder of the fall and winter along with part of the spring was reserved for “bulking.” For everyone else, weather has always played a more infl uential role, as it directly relates to how much of the physique is on display. In the warmer months, we all tend to dress in lighter, more revealing clothing. Summer is the peak of high temperatures and sunshine, and it’s the only time for most when they will show their entire bodies in shorts or a swimsuit at the beach or water parks. This is when we all want to be at our leanest. Would you rather take your shirt offin front of a group of hot girls when you’re rocking a six-pack and veins, or when you have a little potbelly and a muffin top hanging over your belt? In the winter and for about half the spring and fall, we tend to stay covered up in long pants, long sleeves, or even oversized hoodies. These do a fantastic job of keeping anyone from seeing the body fat we may have accumulated, though the moon face typically gives that away regardless. Since most of you still have a good two to three months leftin your off-season and most likely would love to squeeze out some more fresh new gains, I’d like to dedicate this to all of you who go full fatso during this phase. There is no judgment on my part, because I was the poster boy for bulking gone wrong for too many years to admit. To this day I cringe at many Christmas and New Year’s Eve photos, as my face was often reminiscent of a Cabbage Patch Kids doll, and my gut looked as if I might be the first man to birth triplets. It took me far too long to come to my senses and put an end to that yearly descent approaching obesity, and my goal is to save some of you from repeating my mistakes. I believed for years that it was impossible for me to gain any signifi cant amount of muscle without gaining a concurrent amount of body fat. In retrospect, this was my not-so-clever way of justifying my gluttony/ lack of discipline, and all that belief yielded was that I would resemble, as Lee Haney so eloquently describes the over-bulked condition, “Porky Pig.”

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