Big Nate already told you all what time it is. Season two of our Nexxtlevelup Winter Bulk Up program has began. Now before I get into any specifics I know a lot of you may be asking what’s the point of bulking up. For starters it’s a way of challenging yourself, to push yourself mentally and physically to the limit of what you think your body can do in the gym. This is the perfect time of year for such a challenge. With horrible weather outside and nothing but cold an darkness, you kind of don’t have much going on outside of work and the gym. No sunny happy hours after work, you’re not dating as much or even going out as much due to the effort and energy it takes to leave your house, so you’ve got nothing better to do than to lift. Another great reason is that putting on solid mass is also a good way to increase strength and keep gains after you slim down if done correctly. Lastly if you need another reason, it’s fun as hell to be a swole mother fucker.
Now last year I felt slightly cheated. I enjoyed my successful bulk up to 185 lbs. only to have to drop it all and cut up within a month for a bachelor party in Vegas. Not this year though. I’ve got all winter to lift and bulk up and no need to cut weight till late spring so I will be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor. This time I wanted to bulk up right with lessons learned from last year. For instance before I started my bulk I made it a goal to slim down and lose as much extra fat as possible. I went through a month’s worth of high rep light weight workouts and cardio three days a week. I got down to 165 of pure light weight. I wanted to go into the bulk up knowing I’d started as lean as I could. One supplement I used to accomplish this was Neurocore by my favorite brand Muscle Tech. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a fan of using preworkout supplements at all. The ones I’ve experimented with in the past I couldn’t feel any significant change at all in my mood or intensity. But Muscle tech’s products have worked for me in the past so I gave it a try. It claims to contain 3200mg of Beta-Alanine, 3000mg of creatine HCI, 3000mg of L-Circtlline and 360mg Caffeine Anydrous. Now what I must warn anyone taking this that’s sensitive to stimulants is that you will feel it. Take half the recommended serving to start out with and build up to it. If you take too much you’ll tell when you run straight to the bathroom. This stuff worked great for me and I could tell the difference in having enough energy to make it through my more intense workouts. A side effect if any is I felt a tingling in my hands and fingertips that also felt like they were itching or on fire. No clue what that has to do with anything but wanted to put it out there.
At 165 I felt cut and trimmed up with the end of the summer and fall starting. My goal this time around is 190lbs by the end of March. Again unlike last year I want to enjoy the gains and nurture it correctly through spring. I’m really aiming to be a lot “thicker” than last year and have started with intense leg training. The best feeling right now is the knowledge that there’s no real rush and understanding the work it will take to reach this level. Already beginning I’ve noticed it’s slightly harder than last year with every year that passes my metabolism slows down so I plan on doing three days of very light cardio about every other week. I’m not really big into maxing or care about it at this age but for the experiment I’ll put down where I’m at right now.
At the end of my workouts
Bench, 295 x 3
Squat, 305 x 3
Deadlifts 305 x 3
My work out strategy will be the same as last years. Just heavy weights, low reps and try to improve week by week. I’m really focusing on legs this winter working them out twice a week and increasing the intensity. Again this year for anyone looking for the perfect supplement to help with the mass gain I highly recommend Mass Tech. For proof if it works or not look back my gains from last year’s winter swole, the shit is the business.
Supplements to try
Neurocore (pre workout)
Masstech (weight gainer)
Shoot me any questions in the comment section.