Don’t be afraid to put on a little weight this season in order to build muscle. This involves loosing some definition and visibility of some of your muscles. Us girls are the most hesitant with bulking, but what you have to remember is it’s temporary. When you cut and shed off what you have gained (and maybe a little more) you will unveil a better built physique! (See progress pics at the bottom)
Maybe you’re scared what other people will think. “If I bulk I’ll look like a man, or look like I stopped lifting.” If that’s what jumps into other people’s minds then that’s their problem, not yours. They don’t know the science and art behind bodybuilding and aren’t worth trying to impress anyway. Once you cut and have a more sculpted, beautiful body, you will realize (and so will they) that it is necessary and worth it!
To build muscle properly you have to be in a caloric surplus. Furthermore, you need to use take advantage of your extra macros by changing up your routine and lifting heavier. Since I’m now starting to bulk again, I will sometimes have a donut before or after working out to spike my insulin levels.
If I have a donie, it’s usually on the days I do legs or glutes. I was not able to do this during the summer while cutting, but now that I am bulking, I can be a little more lax and enjoy myself time to time. The carbs and sugars give me a quick boost of energy, which really helps on the days I am tired from class.
However, do not over do it with treats like donuts. If you’re going to have one, make sure you’ve earned it and put in hard work at the gym.
Also, if you are starting to feel depressed from the “fluffiness,” incorporate some cardio. You want to bulk in a good way, not a dirty bulk.
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