Bulking Tips & My Journey
I’ve decided to start my bulking journey and share my experience and tips with you. I got into fitness about 3 years ago and have been lifting for the past 1 ½ years. I am at a point where I want to see how much I can grow. I’ve always been the skinny, small girl, which was my motivation to start my journey. Excitingly enough, I do have some bulking tips that are helping me.
After a year of lean bulking, I have noticed visible changes in my physique and have enhanced my natural curves through exercise and nutrition. I am excited to see where I will be in 6 months and happy to bring you along the ride.
Personally, I got into fitness by running. But I quickly realized that I was just getting smaller and wanted to do something different with my body. I grabbed a pair of dumbbells and haven’t looked back since. I still incorporate cardio in my training because that’s one way to have a healthy heart. However, I am not sweating all over the treadmill for an hour everyday. Now I’m growing in size, as well as physical and mental strength.
I understand a lot of women are interested in growing their booty, shoulders, legs, what have you. And it’s possible for anyone to put on lean muscle, but you have to look at the facts. Bulking is more than just being in a caloric surplus.
Tip 1: Set Your Intentions
Clearly if you are going on a bulk, you want to get bigger. But you should decide why you want to grow. Do you want to be stronger? Do you want a bigger booty or shoulders to look a certain way? Do you want to rev up your metabolism? Whatever the reason behind your bulk is, hon in and focus on your goal. Going on a bulk is not easy and remembering your “why” will help you through your journey. When life starts to interfere with your progress, just picture yourself 6 months after your bulk is over. It’s also a good idea to have a timeline to get an idea of how long your bulk will be. In order to see a good visual of changes in your body composition, a bulk usually lasts 6-12 months.
Tip 2: Nutrition Is King
It’s time to state the obvious: you should be eating in a caloric surplus. Figure out how many calories your body requires to maintain your current weight. Then add 200-250 calories to your daily intake. Nutrition must be a priority. You can workout hard 6 days a week, but if you aren’t eating enough for your body to feed those muscles, you will end up losing muscle mass.Try to track your macronutrients for the first few weeks to get an idea of how much you should be eating. Also, make sure you are getting your calories from mainly whole foods. If you are worried about gaining excess fat during your bulk, cut out processed, sugary foods. A lot of people make the mistake of eating absolutely whatever they want and end up unhappy with their results.
Tip 3: Measure Progress, But Trust The Process
Use other methods besides a scale to help you see progress better. Bathroom scales don’t give you an accurate measure of muscle growth. Taking photos and measuring areas you want to grow weekly or monthly is a good way to visibly see changes.
Muscle weighs more than fat, so keep that in mind when it takes you longer than expected to bulk up. Women’s progress is even slower than men because we don’t have as much testosterone in our bodies. You’ll see fast results as a beginner, but after a month or so prepare yourself for slower progression. This is when you will have to trust the process. If you are training hard, eating right, and resting enough, you will love the results. You just won’t get there overnight.
Tip 4: Sharpen Your Mental Game
With the help of social media, our inclination to compare ourselves to one another has been exacerbated. And it can be devilishly easy to change your mind and go on a cut (especially when you see all the fitness Instagrammers rocking a 6-pack).
It might be distressing to you when the number on the scale increases, even though that’s what you ultimately want. Changes in your body composition is a recipe for cellulite and stretch marks. I have visible stretch marks along my hips and upper thighs that I am proud of. I am glad to be earning my stripes because it means that I am growing. Remember that your body is beautiful no matter what size you are. But this is why you need to decide whether you want to grow in muscle mass or be at a low enough body fat percentage. Bulking is as much as a mental game as it is physical.
I hope these bulking tips help you along your journey. I’d love to know what helps you see the most gains!
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Peace & Love,