With all the talk of bulking then cutting, I wondered if anyone has tried bulking then keeping around that weight for a certain amount of time.
I'll use my situation as an example. I put on about 80lbs in a bit over a year(14-15months). While this was clearly alot of beginner gains, since the start of 2009, I have gained hardly any weight.
There were a few reasons at first. I picked up some injuries. I wasn't working so I didn't have the cash to spend on excess food. And for my bodyweight (230-235) I was pretty weak. Actually I was really fucking weak since I started, and my strength to bodyweight ratio didn't really improve a great deal so I decided to work on this area. I was also getting a fatter then I was comfortable with(~20% bf).
So for the last few months I have done pure strength training. I'm alot stronger then I was at the start of the year, with the same bodyweight, but I'm not as fat, and all my measurements are bigger - as you would hope so, lol.
What's interesting, is that when I first hit 235, my bodyweight would fluctuate a lot, but for a while I was eating alot less while I had to learn how to eat out of a cooler for 12hour shifts and it stayed the same. Now it seems my maintenance calories could be as low as ~3000 when they used to be over 4000 and I can still make gains. I think(though I don't know for sure) that if I wanted to gain more weight now, I could do so with 4000-4500 calories a day, whereas if I wanted to keep gaining at the start of the year, it would of taken over 5000/day for the same effect.
Do you think there is any merit to this? To stop bulking, and not cutting but to let your body stay at a certain weight for a while. And by doing so it could make future bulking easier?
I think alot of these guys here that cut, would be better off just staying at the same weight and working on filling it out rather then cutting. I think Dave in the Cell did a similar thing(I'll reread the thread) and actually lost a little bodyweight and gained size.