The Winter Bulk Up 2013-14: Nate Edition

Fuckin’ A it’s that time of the year again! I can’t believe it’s been a year already since the inaugural Winter Bulk Up series. Last year was a ton of fun and a lot of you guys got in on the action with us, and this time we’re looking to do it even bigger.

Last year’s bulk up was the traditional stuff-your-face style for both VK and I. We ended up packing on roughly twenty pounds each, with VK ending at 185 and me ending at 203. Additionally, both of us were doing high volume bodybuilding style programs. It was my first time trying something like this out, and after cutting down to 194 afterwards I couldn’t complain- nearly 10 lbs of muscle gained in total.

However, this year I’m doing things differently. Size has taken a backseat to strength goals. I worked my ass off all summer and fall getting my Big 3 lifts up using my intermediate program, and the pay off was awesome. The feeling was awesome. At the peak of my training, right before that incredibly shitty, body destroying gastritis episode, I had maxed 475 on deadlift, 375 on squat, and 300 on bench- without using so much as chalk for any of them. That was the strongest I had ever been, and there didn’t appear to be an end in sight. I hadn’t encountered anything resembling a plateau and was still adding weight and/or reps every week. It was my destiny to hit 315 bench/405 squat/500 deadlift before the year’s end, and then continue on to even heavier weight afterwards.

Unfortunately, that gastritis episode fucked me up hardcore, setting me back further than I thought was possible in a 2 1/2 week time frame. We’re talking an average of 40 lbs lost from all 3 maxes, which was as mind blowing as it was frustrating. Full of rage that my destiny has been thwarted momentarily, I’ve returned to the gym with a fucking vengeance as if it was the equipment’s fault I’ve been set back. In the month since that bullshit I have managed to *almost* reclaim my previous maxes (thank you muscle memory), with the exception of my deadlift, which absolutely blows right now.

So with that set-up, here is my Winter Bulk Up goal:

By the end of March 2014, I will, at the least, be able to bench 315, squat 405, and deadlift 500. This will be without straps, chalk, a belt, or anything like that.

My buddy Matt will be on hand to record each max for your viewing enjoyment. The final, compiled video will be scored with Revocation’s “The Grip Tightens”. It will be awesome.

Here are my numbers as of this week:

Bench- 285

Squat- 360

Deadlift- 420

Yes, I do realize my goals are arbitrary numbers and some people think that’s silly. They can go fuck themselves on their favorite hip abductor machine.

I also realize I might be setting an impossibly high bar trying to reach those numbers in 3 months considering I’m not even back to where I was in September, and my only response to that is go big or go home.

This shit is my destiny.

The Game Plan:

My programming will continue to revolve around my intermediate program. That “program”, which is hardly structured enough to be considered a program, is one of the main reasons I am even able to set goals like this. Its combination of high-rep and low-rep days and overall frequency and volume seems to be exactly what my body responds to.

My diet will continue to be Chaos and Pain’s Apex Predator Diet, which I have detailed and provided tons of links for in The Summer Cut Down and The Apex Predator Diet Revisited.

While size is secondary for me this winter, I figured I’d throw up some before and after pics for fun and friendly competition:

 Back 12/11

I’m 193 at the moment. Still 6′ 3″. And carrying a lot of water weight thanks to Taze-3, that most kick ass of pre-workouts. Shit, I might end up crossing that lean 200 lb line during all this.

VK has his own goals and game plan that he’ll be detailing soon, and while I can’t tell you what it is I can say they are equally as ambitious. This should be a great time.

Just like last year, we’ll be keeping you guys updated as the winter slogs on. Anyone who wants to join in with their own goals and programs, by all means get in on this!

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  1. DMVARG December 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I haven’t used a prework out since Jack3d was banned. How is Taze? Better/worse?

    • Nate December 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      I’ve used a ton of different preworkouts over the years and Taze-3 is my absolute favorite. Get’s you so rowdy. C4 is a close second. I never did get much from Jack3d.

    • Matt December 12, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Second on Taze-3 being better than Jack3d. Taze tastes really good too.

      • Cornelia May 8, 2017 at 7:17 pm

        This is way more helpful than annyihtg else I’ve looked at.

      • deductible waived May 26, 2017 at 9:04 am

        Wonderful! I teach eraser carving to my 6th graders every fall. I will have to warn them to rotate the eraser so the blade points away from their other hand…great how you showed how the different gouges make different cuts. Absolutely love your work!

      • Queen Creek car insure ce June 7, 2017 at 4:40 am

        It’s so nice to feel less alone–thank you for sharing, Ally. <3 Theater folk come across as being so plucky and upbeat, you know? Most of the time, I just assume I'm the only one struggling with feeling inadequate.

  2. Virgle Kent December 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Hey man….. I would seriously reconsider not using a belt on those squats and dead lifts…. maybe I’m just speaking for myself at my old age of 33 but that sounds fucking crazy… no belt

    • Nate December 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      I appreciate you looking out man but for real, and it’s a big misconception, belts are truly designed to help you tighten your core, not so much as any sort of protective equipment. Belts are performance boosters first and foremost.

      If you train without a belt you don’t really need a belt because the core muscles are strengthening along with everything else. I haven’t used a belt in ages.

      I want to get to those numbers without any kind of assistance, not even knee wraps or chalk.

    • neme December 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

      I wanted to ask to VK why has he brought his blog down?

      Big fan of you guys, no mental masturbations, straight to the point, no daily asshole blogging

  3. Sean April 5, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    How did bulking on the apex predator diet go?

    • Nate April 11, 2014 at 7:06 am

      Check the new post up today hombre!

  4. Friendship Day June 22, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for sharing this useful information.

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