It serves as a good definition for training, because the truth is that, for most of us, all that really matters is size. That’s right. How big and solid you are is likely the most important thing you care about when it comes to hitting the gym. Sure, being cut, ripped, and defined is important, but overall, if you build mass, you stick out in a crowd, and are the envy of all who look upon you.
When we think of size, we can categorize it in two ways. The first is simply pure, lean muscle mass, the kind you would expect to build from a hypertrophy-based program with a diet designed to cut fat. The second, and the basis for this article, is the development of sheer size, the kind you want when bulking up for the winter. You know, the muscle mass that will stretch out the arms and chest area of long-sleeved shirts and pull apart the buttons of your dress shirts on formal occasions.
When most people embark on a bulking program for mass, the result is often accompanied by the addition and appearance of excess fat. In some cases, that fat growth outperforms muscle growth. To get big, you do have to add some fat along the way. In fact, good fat will actually help with your strength and overall ability to add more muscle (more on that later). But can you avoid becoming too fat and still build mass? The answer is yes. In fact you should be trying to do that. When competitors get too fat they inevitably lose considerable lean muscle when they diet down to competition form. So what’s the trick? You need at least eight to as many as 12 weeks or more to really see how big you can grow. To help you do this correctly, we are providing a two-part series that will be your how-to guide to getting MASSive without gaining too much excess fat mass.
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