The bulking season is a beloved period for bodybuilders. It is the time when the simple goal is to put on new muscle mass. There are fewer diet restrictions and weight lifting is approached with a more casual attitude.
However, the off-season does not imply that you should throw all caution to the wind. Keep in mind that this is the period that you are supposed to make some improvements to your physique. To that end, there are some mistakes that you should avoid. They include:
Not Paying Attention to Your Diet
During bulking, it is common knowledge that you should up your calorie intake. Creating that surplus is important in adding more mass to your frame. But this does not imply that you should eat anything in sight.
Ideally, most of your calories should come from healthy sources including lean protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. It is okay to indulge once in a while, but do so within reason. If over 80% of your calories do not emanate from healthy sources, you are simply doing it wrong.
Not Doing Any Cardio
Cardio is perceived as a tool for weight loss, so if you are bulking it makes sense not to engage- right? The argument is plausible, but it is also wrong. Cardio has many benefits, and it won’t automatically stop you from putting on new mass. If anything, it will play a catalytic role in your gains.
Cardio builds your endurance, improves your circulation, helps with lean muscle mass formation, and increases your metabolism. Doing cardio will help you eat more without putting on much fat. Remember not to overdo it though.
Not Resting Enough
Your determination to hit the gym six days a week is laudable during the off-season, but it is not recommended. After all, muscles grow when you are outside the gym. You have to dedicate enough time to recovery. If you do not get enough rest, your gains will be trivial at best. Give your body 2-3 days of rest each week and you’ll appreciate the difference it makes.
Lacking Any Defined Goals
The purpose of the bulking season is pretty clear- you want to put on new mass. This does not imply that you should not have any goals in mind. It should be a time when you bring improvements to your physique, as earlier asserted. You should work on your weak points to bring a better physique when you finally cut. Having a goal will also help you stay focused.
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