I’m wondering what are some of your goals if you don’t plan on competing on stage. I just want to get an idea of some of your thinking of why you train the way you do and eat the way you do in order to achieve this goal. For example, someone might use strength as a goal and continue to progress in moving bigger weights, but to me that might be more powerlifter than bodybuilder. Some might use size as a goal and taking measurements as a way to track progress. This would explain why many are on a continual bulk and would make no sense to cut. Some like me like to use the mirror as a goal. If I see what I like, then I’m progressing.
This, however, makes the bulk/cut method discouraging. There would be months maybe years that I don’t like what I see in the mirror. Let’s say I do put in my time and get to 250 (currently 5’9 200lb) and can finally cut to reveal whatever muscle I’ve built, then what? Would it be just maintenance from then on? There’s no contest to prepare, so why would I bulk again? If I was looking to get bigger, then why would I waste a few months cutting earlier? I’m beginning to wonder if my thinking is completely wrong and I don’t even have the right goal to start with.
As a newbie still searching for answers, please share what some of your goals are and what bodybuilding means to you.