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DON’T EVER BULK AGAIN, PART 2: NEWBIE GAINS

Ed Shanks

Ok, so in part one we covered the history of bulking, and
why people think it is ok to gain 20 pounds in 4 weeks. What was once limited to elite (the best in
the world) bodybuilders somehow became mainstream. Next thing you know, Bro-Science took over
bulking, among other things, and the rest is history. However, not all seems to be right in the
Universe. You may have witnessed firsthand
that a friend gained 20 pounds of pure muscle within 6 months. Hey, I myself put on 10 pounds of pure muscle
in 7 months, while barely eating any food at all. A bowl of cereal for breakfast (just one), a
pack of Nabs for a snack at school (If you don’t know what Nabs are, shame on
you!), a sandwich with 2 slices of turkey, 2 slices of ham, and chips for
lunch, another sandwich before basketball practice (I was the most jacked
basketball player in the entire city. I
was stronger than ALL the football players at my high school, the largest in the
state at the time.), and meat with vegetables for dinner. I ate this way the entire time I was in high
school (We didn’t have YouTube and Social Media to tell us we were doing it the
wrong way.). When it was all said and
done, I gained a total of 30 pounds of pure muscle in three years. I was ripped the whole time. Heck, I graduated with 18+ inch arms, and I’m
only 5’11”. And guess what, I never Bulked! And now, onto the next reason why people think it is okay to bulk. Newbie Gains!!

WE ALL KNOW A GUY

The idea of bulking didn’t just come out of nowhere. Bodybuilders were eating more calories and
gaining tons of muscle. However, they
are genetic freaks taking drugs (we will cover that in a future part of the
series). So how did Bro-Science get its slimy
hands on bulking, and take it to the masses?

It’s simple. We all
know a guy, or a friend of a friend, that gained 30 pounds of pure muscle in a
short amount of time. It just so happens
that most of the time it corresponds with Newbie Gains, the gains you make
during the first 3-4 years of training. Unfortunately, this correspondence then dismantles common wisdom, and
people are left believing that bulking “works.”

The truth is that bulking didn’t cause your friend to gain
30 pounds of pure muscle. It may have
slightly sped up the process, but the truth is that Newbie Gains were the culprit. This phenomenon happens all the time. Sometimes it even occurs when someone decides
to use creatine for the first time. Then
the rest of their lives, and their friends’ lives, creatine becomes the best
muscle building miracle ever. They
constantly chase the gains they made on their first creatine cycle. Alas, those Newbie gains are never found
again, leaving the individuals to ponder their existence, and either blame father
time or the poor quality of present-day supplements. They use phrases like “Back when I first
started training, creatine actually worked.” If only they could remove the vail of deception, they would figure out
that bulking is the best, and most successful, way to jump on the fat
train. It wasn’t the extra hamburgers or
creatine that made you gain that weight. It was your Newbie Gains.

WHAT ABOUT THE SKINNY
GUY THAT HAD BEEN LIFTING FOR 10 YEARS?

If you still think I am wrong, I feel bad for you. Good luck on your abs ever making a special
appearance again. However, someone will
undoubtedly throw the skinny guy paradigm in my face. “I know a guy (or have a friend, they are
interchangeable phrases) that was training for 10 years and didn’t make any
gains until he started to bulk. Stop
right there.

“Your friend” is probably an Exomorph (if you don’t know
what I’m talking about, it’s probably worth a Google) that was greatly undernourished. These individuals are extremely skinny, and
have a hard time putting on any weight. When their bodies finally get the adequate amount of protein to supply
their muscles with amino acids to grow, they get bigger. However, this doesn’t last forever. They are naturally skinny, for whatever
reason, and aren’t eating enough. Everybody’s Resting Metabolic Rate is different. They have an unusually high Resting Metabolic
Rate. Who knows why. Maybe Meth or something. When the body finally has enough calories to
stay alive, it will start sparing some amino acids for muscle growth. This is the same principle as Jamie’s “Feast
or Famine” diet. The point is that just
like the diet, the results won’t last forever.

THE PICTURE IS BECOMING
CLEARER

So now we can see how the influence of bodybuilding and your
friend’s Newbie Gains have cast a deceptive shadow on the idea that bulking is
not only good, but necessary. And don’t
feel bad if you have been duped by the mirage of bulking. I have also fallen victim to its evil
grasp. Looking back on my training
years, I gained the most amount of muscle, in the shortest amount of time, when
I was NOT BULKING. When I was bulking, I
just got fat. My mission is to disprove
the myth of Bulking, and to help thousands, if not millions, of people to see
the light. Good bye. Until we meet
again in part 3 of the Never Bulk Again series.

NUTRITION
TIPS:

  1. DON’T EVER BULK AGAIN, PART 1: THE HISTORY OF BULKING
  2. THE BEST TIME TO DRINK YOUR PROTEIN SHAKE
  3. Nutrition Tips: Eggs, the Best Food for Faster Results?

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