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Bulk starts tomorrow; Maximizing results; A year of progress.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 by  
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This is the final day of my summer maintenance program, and tomorrow begins my 2006 bulk. I can’t wait! Starting tomorrow, there will be no more daily cardio (just 2 cardio sessions per week while bulking), five weight training workouts per week, a large increase in “clean” calories, which includes a considerable increase in carbohydrates, absolutely no alcohol consumption (even with cheat meals) and a minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night (but I’ll be aiming for 8 hours of sleep). The increase in calories and carbs will help give me fuel for my workouts and my body the raw materials it needs to build new muscle. I’m going to need all the energy I can get, because I’ve got some workouts planned out that scare the hell out of me. evil

Last year when I was bulking I worked harder in the gym than I’ve ever worked before. All the self-imposed “rules” that I listed above are pretty much identical to what I did last year, and they served me very well by allowing me to maximize the gains I set in motion in the gym. I said “set in motion in the gym” because our muscles do their growing outside of the gym, not while we’re working out. I think it’s pointless to bust your butt in the gym, but then fail to follow through with all the other things that promote muscle growth. What you do outside the gym is every bit as important as what you do in the gym. Everyone says they already know that, but in practice I’ve found this area is where most people make the most mistakes. Your lifestyle away from the iron is the foundation upon which your entire body is constructed. I’m not regurgitating a bunch of “rah-rah” crap that I overheard in the gym or read in a magazine; I’m talking about things that I’ve learned from firsthand experience.

I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished over the past year, but I’m never satisfied. I can do better, and I will. I assume you are reading this web site because you are interested in improving your health and level of fitness. So, a year from now will you look back at your accomplishments in these areas with satisfaction, or will you just be a year older and no closer to your goals? The good news is that choice is up to you; the question is, what are you going to do about it?

Last chance to register John Stone September “100 Challenge”! Your Official Challenge post must be made by 7:00 AM (EDT) on September 1, 2006 if you plan to participate. To participate, you must be a member of the forum. If you are not a member, simply create a free account. For all the details, official rules and sample entry data, just head over to the September “100 Challenge” thread on the forum. If you are ready to work hard and want to challenge yourself in a fun and competitive environment, then please take part! No slackers! 🙂

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