The everlasting debate: to dirty bulk, or to not dirty bulk.
This seems to be the ongoing debate on these forums for the past... well, forever! We've all heard the common phrases before; You can't gain good muscle if you dirty bulk, It will take you forever to cut off all that fat, hawt abz, etc.
I call bullshit.
I "dirty bulked"(If you even want to call it that) about 1 1/2 years ago, and I DO NOT REGRET IT AT ALL. I pulled a ~500 deadlift, 405 squat for 2 reps, and a 315 bench for one, with long ass arms, and I don't think I would've been able to do it if I didn't eat and eat and eat. I also used thibs pre/post/peri workout protocol with alpha GPC every workout day. I think you can reap the benefits of smart eating by focusing your "dirty" meals immediately before/during/after your workouts. So whats the problem?
Of course everyone's different, some will gain more fat than others, etc. So you don't look as "cut" and your abs aren't as defined. Ok Pauly D, then step aside and kiss all your potential goodbye. But is it really worth it to bulk up as much as you can?
So please please PLEASE stop bitching about not gaining muscle or what feet-on-the-bench, reverse-grip superfly snuka bench press is good to use.
EDIT: SEE PAGE 4 FOR MY BEFORE/AFTER PROGRESS PICS
6'3'' - ~ 210 lbs, 15% Bodyfat, 16 inch arms, 24 inch thigh, 36-38 inch waist REALLY SHITTY LIFTS(210 bench 1rm, 315 squat 3rm, 315 deadlift 1rm.)
2009 Post-Bulk Stats:
~1 year of heavy eating and lifting.
6'3'' - 252 lbs, 17% 18.5 inch arms, 26.5 inch thigh, 38 - 40 inch waist GOOD LIFTS(315 bench 1rm PR, 405 squat 1rm, 500 deadlift. First time in my life!)
Current Refinement Stats:
6 months of carb-cycling down to ~8% Bodyfat, 196lbs, Rebound Effect Bulk to NOW:
235 lbs as of Nov 2nd, 2010
11% bodyfat (7 point pinch)
~17.5-18 inch arms
25 inch thigh
~34 inch waist
Current Big 3: Bench - 315 x 2rm (so far), ~500 Deadlift (still), And a new PR squat for me today, 405 2 sets of 2!