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End of 3rd month of bulking; Progress photos are important; Progress photo tips.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 by  
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The end of my third month of bulking is drawing to a close. Normally I’d start cutting now, but (as you probably know) this year I’m going to bulk for an extra month. It will be interesting to see if the extra month produces good gains or diminishing returns. I’m not worried about adding more muscle (I will), but I am a little worried about my body fat percentage climbing too high, making the muscle I gain harder to hold on to without a very protracted cut. I think I’m right at 13% body fat right now, so if I can keep it from climbing above 14%-14.5% over the next month I should be able to cut down with little to no muscle loss.

My monthly progress pictures will be taken and posted this Friday morning, and I’m a little nervous about it! Looking in the mirror is a great way to see how you are progressing, but for some reason photographs are even more telling. I suppose that’s because you can study that one moment in time for as long as you like, and compare the picture to other pictures. In order to get an accurate batch of comparison photos, I feel it’s important to use the same poses, the same lighting conditions and the same camera settings/position each and every time. I see a lot of progress photos that are taken under drastically different conditions, and that makes it almost impossible to accurately judge progress. Progress photos have proven to be a critical ingredient in my transformation. Even if you choose never to make them public, I highly recommend that everyone take progress photos on a regular basis. You don’t have to take progress photos every day (as I did for the first 479 days of my transformation), but monthly or even weekly photos are important. Take a half hour to experiment with some test shots. Find a spot in which you can duplicate the lighting and camera position consistently. You’ll be glad that you did!

Last two days of the AtLarge Nutrition sale! Now through the end of Thursday, November 30, 2006, you will save 10% on all orders, and that includes shipping. Not only that, if you purchase $150 worth of AtLarge products (Nitrean, Opticen, ETS, Thermocin, Creatine 500, or Multi-Plus) you get your choice of either Westside’s Squat or Bench Workout DVDs (while supplies last). That is up to $66.45 (including shipping) worth of Westside DVDs ABSOLUTELY FREE!. Once you receive your order and try the products, please take a few minutes and let future customers know what you think in the Official AtLarge Review thread. Hurry – this sale ends at 11:59 PM EST on the 30th. You’ll need to use coupon code “tenpercent” at checkout. For more information on how to use the coupon code, please check out this page.

Registration for the December “100 Challenge” is now underway! Your Official Challenge post must be made by 7:00 AM (EDT) on December 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 December “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! If you decide to join the challenge, then you are expected to see it through to the end. No slackers!

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