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DON’T EVER BULK AGAIN, PART 1: THE HISTORY OF BULKING

Ed Shanks

Ah, the old ways of thinking. Use leaches to suck out your blood so you don’t
get sick.If you eat foods high in fat, you
will gain fat. Eating eggs increases
your cholesterol levels. And my personal
favorite, to gain muscle, you need to eat as much as possible. Unfortunately, there is a correct way to add
calories to your diet to grow, and an incorrect way. Instead of “bulking,” you should add extra
calories to your diet in s specific, methodical way to start seeing increases
in muscle growth.

The idea of eating everything in sight to grow is outdated,
and just not true. Most people use it as
an excuse to eat whatever they want, and to feel better about themselves for
being fat and out of shape. Yeah, I said
it.If you can’t see your abs, you don’t
need to bulk.You need to diet.

The bottom line is bulking is unnecessary, and severely
unhealthy, especially if you are already fat. What’s the point of weighing 300lbs if your belly sticks out farther
than your chest? I guess it will be cool
to have 10+ people carrying your coffin, along with the extra expenses for your
family to cover because of your XL sized burial plot, but other than that, being
overweight is not something to strive for. So how did the “See-Food Diet” and “Bulking” become synonymous with one another?

EUGEN SANDOW AND THE
ORGIN OF BODYBUILDING

The idea of the perfect physique can be traced back to Greek
and Roman times. Greco-Roman artwork
displayed ancient society’s obsession with the perfect, muscular physique. So how did it become ok to eat whatever you
want to gain a pound of muscle?

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, bodybuilding was just
coming into existence. Before this time,
strongmen ruled the physique landscape. People would come out in droves to watch these men perform their epic
strength feats. Most of them were
overweight with large belies. Then Eugen
Sandow showed up.

Born Friedrich Wilhelm Muller, Sandow is known as the father
of modern bodybuilding. In 1889, he
entered, and won, his first strongman competition in London. For the next four years, he honed his
athletic and marketing skills. In 1893,
Sandow found himself at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. People were more fascinated by his lean
physique and muscular appearance than his feats of strength. Then in 1894, he was featured in a short film
series by Edison Studios. The series
featured him flexing his muscles, rather than lifting anything heavy.Modern bodybuilding was born. In 1901, Sandow organized the world’s first
major bodybuilding competition, and the rest is history.

HOW DID IT BECOME OK TO
BULK?

It’s obvious from the history of modern bodybuilding that
athletic, ripped physiques are more appealing than overweight, out of shape
beer bellies. The question then becomes
why is it ok to bulk when trying to gain muscle?

The first mass monster to appear on a bodybuilding stage was
the man himself, Dorian Yates. He absolutely
destroyed the competition with his size and conditioning. Every successful bodybuilder today caries the
same size and conditioning as Dorian Yates. Gone are the days of Frank Zane symmetry.Enter the era of mass monsters.

Many calories are required for the muscle size of Dorian
Yates, Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler, Dexter Jackson, Phil Heath, and Shawn
Rhoden. However, they are Mr. Olympia
champions. Everyone else isn’t. It should also be noted that when they
compete, they are completely depleted. No water, no body fat, and just enough glucose to pump up their muscles
without looking flat. It is no surprise
then that two months later they are 20-30 pounds heavier. However, they aren’t even close to fat. All their abs are still showing, and their
limbs are veiny and ripped. They may
have “bulked-up,” but most of that was their bodies gaining back water weight
and glucose, not body fat. Ever wonder
why it is so easy for them to get down to 3% bodyfat in 12 weeks? It’s because they AREN’T FAT before they
begin their pre-contest diets.

So now you can start to see how it became a myth that you must
overly eat an excessive number of calories to gain muscle mass. Not to mention that it’s ok to gain 20-30
pounds while “bulking.” The truth of the
matter is that the common person should only gain 10 pounds, at most, while “bulking.” In fact, instead of calling it bulking, why
not refer to it as what it is. Eating
extra calories to supply enough amino acids to be used for muscle
building. But alas, we live in a society
of overindulgences.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM
HERE?

Now we are starting to see why we find ourselves in our
current bulking predicament. However,
there is more at play. In the next part,
we will look at the other major reason why people think it is ok to eat
whatever they want to gain muscle.

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