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Bulking, Cardio, & Days to Lift

Just curious,

When bulking, is it better to do no cardio, some cardio, or other? Also, how many days a week do you guys and gals lift when bulking. Here is my current split:

M - CHest
T - Arms
W - Back
Th - off
F - Legs
Sa - chest
Sun - off
M - arms
T - back
W - legs
Th - off
and so on.

I utilize mostly strip/supersets, with some 21’s put in there. Mainly try to model my routines after those seen here on this website. Does this look ok? BTW, diet is clean, no dirty bulk. SHould cardio be considered for my days off, or should I just take this time to rest?

As for cardio when bulking I typically don’t do any. If I were you and you want to do something more, I would add some GPP (sled dragging, wheel barrow, or possibly sledgehammer).

As for your split, I am no where near as knowledgable as some people on this site, but I would recommend changing it up some.

For instance currently you are doing
chest, arms, back on consecutive days. If you are really hitting your chest hard on the first days, your tris should not need any work on the next day. Also, if you really hit your bis on the 2nd day, you will be limiting what you can do on your back day.

Personally, I have been using the ABBH program with great results during my current bulking cycle. You might want to check it out. However, if you still want to have your chest and back split onto two seperate days I might recommend a split like this.

Day 1 - Chest/Tris
Day 2 - Quads/calves
Day 3 -
Day 4 - Back/bis
Day 5 - hams/Shoulders (if you want direct shoulder work).
Day 6 -
Day 7 - repeat

or

Day 1 - Chest/Tris
Day 2 - Legs
Day 3 - Rest
Day 4 - Back/bis
Day 5 - Rest
Day 6 - Repeat
With this split you could also make Day 1 Chest/Back, and Day 4 Arms/shoulders.

I hope this helps.

Forego the carido if you goal is bulking. If possible, remain sedentary on your non-lifting days - especially if you are a hardgainer.

Also, what does your diet look like and what are the sets/reps for your workout?