I’ve read that instead of bulking for a few months, you should at one point in your career, bulk up for about 2 years, maximize the amount of muscle you can get on your frame, and then play around with it (i.e. shorter cycles, or something). The key phrase here is “I read,” not “I’ve done.” I am currently doing a bulking cycle, and looking to get up to about 210 (starting at 170). What I really don’t get about this thread is the idea of clean bulking. It is a total fallacy - there is no such thing. There can be healthy or unhealthy ways of eating, but there is no such thing as a clean bulking cycle. [/quote]
I agree to a point…
I wouldnt say a clean bulk is a falacy, but using the term “bulk” as it is commonly used and understood to mean a “clean bulk” is an oxy moron.
Obviously most people understand a bulking phase as eating a significant amount over maitanance to maximize muscle gain and living with the fact you will be adding some fat to your frame as well.
The “clean bulk” as it seems to be used above is refering to adding muscle mass with minimal fat gain or even fat loss at the same time. Obviously this is not a bulking phase.
All that being said I personally bulk up to the point where I think my gut is getting to big (basicly when I have to start thinking about buying a new belt because I’m at the last hole) and cut fat until I’m comfortable with the amount of fat I’m carrying, but I will also stop the effort to lose fat if I’m loosing weight to fast or my strength starts falling off.
I agree that going off body fat percentage isnt the best for everybody but do understand that some people have a bit of OCD (not a bad thing) and like to plan everything out to greatest extent and have this planning in a very specific manor. I will always go by just how comfortable I am with my fat level.
My opinion might be different then alot of people on here though as I could give a shit about having a six pack, at least until I add quite a bit more muscle mass and gain alot more strength. I think most anyone would be ahead of the game if they did like mentioned above and just spend the first couple of years training for solid mass/strength gains and stop worrying about having abs.