Every so often a couple people stick their heads out of the wood-work, and argue (until being generally silenced by the masses) that you don’t need to go through a series of Bulk/Cut cycles to get big and lean.
I’d like to hear from those people, hear their thoughts, experience and (more or less) the philosophy behind such a claim.
Can the human body both grow LBM while loosing muscle AT THE EXACT SAME TIME?
Or would we have to say it can only do one at a time, but you can flip the switch rapidly: be anabolic in and around lifting and recovery, then go catabolic and burn the rest of the time?
Or do you really need to go anabolic mode, and stay there, then over the course of weeks (months?) move in to catobolic mode?
Am I thinking about this wrong? I’m not looking for advice specific to me, and I know this has been talked about before. However, opinions and experiences change, and I would be interested to hear how many on here go against what appears to be the common bulk/cut knowledge, and believe or (better yet) have successfully gotten jacked, without adhering to the bulk/cut paradigm.
Here’s what I think: I think it can be done, even for those already in shape. I’ve done it, but my goals were not primarily size (but I did get bigger, while getting faster, and improving all my lifts). But that era of training in my life came to an end when I went into the military, and wasn’t able to train like that, so I never found the plateau.
I do assume everything moves slowly, but I’m not convinced that in the long run, it’s slower than getting twenty pounds over-weight in a bulk, only to have to cut down to below where you’d like to be, and then find yourself in a yo-yo trying to dial it in.
For those of us with no aspirations to compete, I’m more an more convinced that you should never allow yourself to get more than a few % b/f above where you WANT to be.
So who here thinks it’s possible? Or would advocate “staying really lean” the entire time?