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How long do you guys normally bulk?

prime_time_willyprime_time_willy Posts: 945 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited September 2016 in The Weight Room
Just curious, I know some usually go one a 12 week bulk then cut for 12 weeks. I've been bulking for about a year now(I'm an ectomorph so I gain weight slow) and I got up to 194 and last year I was at 169 this time. I think might push for 200 but the constant big eating is wearing me down lol.

Cutting is way easier for me physically and mentally because I've never been a big eater although I never been a big cardio fan either. I'm looking forward to what kind of improvement I've made when I cut down.

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  • Thereal_baThereal_ba Posts: 1,907 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2016
    Depends on goals but my bulking goal is 215, I'm at 190 currently. When I first started 4 months ago, I was weighing in at 155 fresh out the hospital.
    prime_time_willy
  • prime_time_willyprime_time_willy Posts: 945 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Well Gotdamn! That's one strong ass bulk.
  • its....JOHN Bits....JOHN B Posts: 19,519 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Shit I'm almost identical, last year before I started bulking I was probably just under 170 on most mornings and would fluctuate between that and 175, then got on the bulk tip and got up to about 195, from there I started getting inconsistent with the diet gotvtired if eating the same shit and also the workout I was on fire benching as much as I ever did but maybe I would get busy for a while and start losing progress and my schedule changed working at 4 in the morning sleep is minimal, on top of all that my favorite gym closed, just kind of maintained decent strength but I just recently got into crossfit, been getting in the best shape in my life, working parts of my body I never worked before, getting my flexibility and stamina up and I'm cutting up pretty good, the plan is to do it for 4-6 months then get on a test cycle and start hitting the weights heavy again
    silverfoxxprime_time_willy
  • silverfoxxsilverfoxx Posts: 11,584 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Can you bulk from push ups only? I know it's a stupid question but since I'm in the gym temporarily, I'll do like 250 push ups and 350 sit ups
  • its....JOHN Bits....JOHN B Posts: 19,519 ✭✭✭✭✭
    silverfoxx wrote: »
    Can you bulk from push ups only? I know it's a stupid question but since I'm in the gym temporarily, I'll do like 250 push ups and 350 sit ups

    Yea if you put some weight on your back
  • Thereal_baThereal_ba Posts: 1,907 ✭✭✭✭✭
    silverfoxx wrote: »
    Can you bulk from push ups only? I know it's a stupid question but since I'm in the gym temporarily, I'll do like 250 push ups and 350 sit ups

    Without any type of additional weight you will plateau.
  • prime_time_willyprime_time_willy Posts: 945 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2016
    silverfoxx wrote: »
    Can you bulk from push ups only? I know it's a stupid question but since I'm in the gym temporarily, I'll do like 250 push ups and 350 sit ups

    You can get one of those pull up bars so you can target different muscle groups. Also invest in getting some dumbbells and resistant bands. I have a friend of mine who works out at the gym but works out at home too if he's just too tired to go. I used to work out at home a lot as well a few years ago with pull up bars and dumbbells.
    silverfoxxBelovedAfeni
  • prime_time_willyprime_time_willy Posts: 945 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Shit I'm almost identical, last year before I started bulking I was probably just under 170 on most mornings and would fluctuate between that and 175, then got on the bulk tip and got up to about 195, from there I started getting inconsistent with the diet gotvtired if eating the same shit and also the workout I was on fire benching as much as I ever did but maybe I would get busy for a while and start losing progress and my schedule changed working at 4 in the morning sleep is minimal, on top of all that my favorite gym closed, just kind of maintained decent strength but I just recently got into crossfit, been getting in the best shape in my life, working parts of my body I never worked before, getting my flexibility and stamina up and I'm cutting up pretty good, the plan is to do it for 4-6 months then get on a test cycle and start hitting the weights heavy again

    The before and after pics are insane. I've always been a natty guy but when you see the massive improvement people make in a year it can tempt you sometimes. But considering all the health risk you take it makes me not wanting to try.
  • silverfoxxsilverfoxx Posts: 11,584 ✭✭✭✭✭
    silverfoxx wrote: »
    Can you bulk from push ups only? I know it's a stupid question but since I'm in the gym temporarily, I'll do like 250 push ups and 350 sit ups

    You can get one of those pull up bars so you can target different muscle groups. Also invest in getting some dumbbells and resistant bands. I have a friend of mine who works out at the gym but works out at home too of he's just too tired to go. I used to work out at home a lot as well a few years ago with pull up bars and dumbbells.

    What kind of dumbbells should I get? I'm 180 lbs
    BelovedAfeni
  • dwade206dwade206 Posts: 11,502 ✭✭✭✭✭
    silverfoxx wrote: »
    Can you bulk from push ups only? I know it's a stupid question but since I'm in the gym temporarily, I'll do like 250 push ups and 350 sit ups

    Nah bruh, not at all. You're going to peak quickly and you won't grow past a certain point. Your body needs to be overloaded with weight to get noticeable mass. Trust me I know. I was on that Bartendaz 500 push-ups 150 pull-ups 5 days a week regimen and I didn't grow much. When I went back to the free weights, mass came right back.
    Bustin a new nut on @R.D's moms collarbone everyday.
  • prime_time_willyprime_time_willy Posts: 945 ✭✭✭✭✭
    silverfoxx wrote: »
    silverfoxx wrote: »
    Can you bulk from push ups only? I know it's a stupid question but since I'm in the gym temporarily, I'll do like 250 push ups and 350 sit ups

    You can get one of those pull up bars so you can target different muscle groups. Also invest in getting some dumbbells and resistant bands. I have a friend of mine who works out at the gym but works out at home too of he's just too tired to go. I used to work out at home a lot as well a few years ago with pull up bars and dumbbells.

    What kind of dumbbells should I get? I'm 180 lbs

    You can get one of those adjustable dumbbells but it's going to cost a nice chunk of change. If you don't want to spend that much(I wouldn't blame you) you can get about 30-40lbs dumbbells. Cut your rest period short and do a lot of super sets, compound sets, and circuit routines. That way you can keep the blood flow pumping and get a good work out in.
    Thereal_ba
  • prime_time_willyprime_time_willy Posts: 945 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2016
    dwade206 wrote: »
    silverfoxx wrote: »
    Can you bulk from push ups only? I know it's a stupid question but since I'm in the gym temporarily, I'll do like 250 push ups and 350 sit ups

    Nah bruh, not at all. You're going to peak quickly and you won't grow past a certain point. Your body needs to be overloaded with weight to get noticeable mass. Trust me I know. I was on that Bartendaz 500 push-ups 150 pull-ups 5 days a week regimen and I didn't grow much. When I went back to the free weights, mass came right back.

    He can still add on decent size but I agree he will plateau eventually if he don't mix it up and add other stuff in there.
  • dwade206dwade206 Posts: 11,502 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Exactly my point. There's no need to to even have a bulking season of your doing just calisthenics. Dude might fuck around and get fat.
    Bustin a new nut on @R.D's moms collarbone everyday.
    Thereal_ba
  • LUClENLUClEN Absence makes the heart grow fonder of someone else Posts: 20,487 ✭✭✭✭✭
    365 days a year. I aim to eat only slightly above maintenance though
    The rapper from linkin park would body the dudes in the xxxtentacion cypher
  • Qiv_OwanQiv_Owan Posts: 4,009 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Once you plateau isnt it all strength/endurance/stamina from then on

    With push ups

    I was hitting 5k a week for 3 weeks straight, fuck size i literally felt stronger and less bulky...like it better actually

    Plateau is a terrible word to assess it
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  • BelovedAfeniBelovedAfeni The Pimp Slap App 5150 NationPosts: 8,647 ✭✭✭✭✭
    silverfoxx wrote: »
    silverfoxx wrote: »
    Can you bulk from push ups only? I know it's a stupid question but since I'm in the gym temporarily, I'll do like 250 push ups and 350 sit ups

    You can get one of those pull up bars so you can target different muscle groups. Also invest in getting some dumbbells and resistant bands. I have a friend of mine who works out at the gym but works out at home too of he's just too tired to go. I used to work out at home a lot as well a few years ago with pull up bars and dumbbells.

    What kind of dumbbells should I get? I'm 180 lbs
    silverfoxx wrote: »
    silverfoxx wrote: »
    Can you bulk from push ups only? I know it's a stupid question but since I'm in the gym temporarily, I'll do like 250 push ups and 350 sit ups

    You can get one of those pull up bars so you can target different muscle groups. Also invest in getting some dumbbells and resistant bands. I have a friend of mine who works out at the gym but works out at home too of he's just too tired to go. I used to work out at home a lot as well a few years ago with pull up bars and dumbbells.

    What kind of dumbbells should I get? I'm 180 lbs

    You can get one of those adjustable dumbbells but it's going to cost a nice chunk of change. If you don't want to spend that much(I wouldn't blame you) you can get about 30-40lbs dumbbells. Cut your rest period short and do a lot of super sets, compound sets, and circuit routines. That way you can keep the blood flow pumping and get a good work out in.

    You can check craigslist and yard sales for used weights

    People throw out that equipment regularly

    I made a nice set from army surplus
    The Wombshifter
  • luke1733luke1733 Posts: 1,485 ✭✭✭✭
    30 minute workouts once every other day for about 10 weeks. After that I take a break and work out about 3 days a week.

    7 sets of 10 pushups
    5 sets of 12 shoulder shrugs
    5 sets of 12 bicep curls
    5 sets of 5 stretched chin-ups for the back
    5 sets of 5 lateral raises for shoulders
    10 sets of 10 situps or more
    5 sets of 5 seated shoulder presses
    After 10 weeks I break down to this After I'm in shape.
    I cut the variety in half per day I work out, meaning on

    Monday: I do pushups, bicep curls, shoulder shrugs and lateral raises.

    Wednesday: I do stretched chin-ups for the back, situps, pushups, seated shoulder press, bicep curls, and seated shoulder presses.

    I alternate workouts every other day after I'm in shape.
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