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Help On First Bulking Cycle

Hello all. I began reading T-mag about a year ago in an effort to help change my dietary habits. It, and these forums, have been an invaluable resource in helping me lose body fat and gain muscle.

I have been lifting weights for about 6 years now, and I am currently 20 years old. I am planning, once football season is over, to embark on my first true bulking cycle. I know what kinds of foods to eat, where to get my essential fats, and that I will bet taking ZMA, Low-Carb Grow!, and Surge as my supplements.

I am currently 230 pounds with about 13 percent body fat (I was at 11.4 before football started, but less than ideal nutrition and a lack of being able to lift as heavily as during the off season has led to a small composition change).

My questions are as follows:
Should I try something like MAG-10? I would like to get this answer before it sells out.

I suffer from a mild case of gynecomastia and have a bit more fat than I would like. I understand that during a true bulking cycle it is expected that some fat is added, but what are good ways to help limit the amount of fat that I do add?

Is there a particular way to check and see if I’m more carb-sensitive (in terms of adding fat) than normal? I think I notice a change when I eat more carbs in terms of my fat percentage, but I don’t know if that’s just in my head or not.

I’m sure I will have more questions later, but if you could answer these I would appreciate it. Thanks.


This should help, I really think this bad boy needs to be stickied to the Top. Lot of good info. Here.


Bulking Tips for Newbies.

Read up on this and come on back with more specific questions.

As for Mag-10. Yes it is a viable option, and a very AWESOME product, but I would hold off until you are SURE you can nail a solid routine and diet for the long haul.

Also try a search for bulking/newbie or anything close to that and you will get 100’s of threads.

Hope this helps,come on back