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Random thoughts about my bulk; “Do you want to get bigger?” & “What’s next?”

Wednesday, December 27, 2006 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

December
27
2006

I’m glad that I tried extending my bulk from my usual 3 months to 4 months, but at this point I can safely say that doing so was not very effective. Hey, it was worth a try – how else would I know?! I’ve clearly reached a point of diminishing returns. Despite incredible workouts and enough food to feed a small army, my progress this month has slowed to a crawl. At 234 pounds I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life, and my body is probably still trying to adapt to the rapid weight gain (30+ pounds) since I started bulking.

I’m certainly not going to let the slower progress of this past month put a damper on what I feel was my most successful bulk to date. I estimate that I added around 10 pounds of muscle. Every muscle group on my body is bigger than ever, and I made significant improvements to lagging body parts, such as my lats and delts. I suppose I’m most pleased with my lats development and the overall upper body width I’ve added. I know it’s hard to tell now, but once I shed the fat around my mid-section I should have the beginnings of a nice “V” shape. The “V-Taper” has been an especially difficult challenge for me because I have very wide hips.

I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately asking if this is going to be my last bulk. Honestly, I don’t know. Perhaps next year instead of doing a full-on overall mass-building bulk, I’ll do a more controlled “refinement” bulk – focusing on making my physique more symmetrical. For example, my medial and posterior delts are still lagging behind my overpowering anterior delt head – and my delts in general are overpowered by my big arms. I guess my point is, even if I don’t want to get a lot bigger, there’s still plenty of stuff that I can work on to make my physique more balanced and aesthetic. Right now I’m ready to shift gears and focus 100% on my upcoming cutting phase. This summer I’ll put some more thought into my future plans and go from there.

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