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End of 2008 bulk progress photos; February 2009 TSM; On vaction.

Sunday, February 1, 2009 by  
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February
1
2009

I’ve got a big update for this morning, so let’s get right to it!

First I’d like to remind everyone that as of this morning I’m on vacation for one week! I will be taking the upcoming week off from lifting, work and updating this site. My normal daily updates will resume on Monday, February 9, 2009.

As most of you know, I completed my extended (17 week) 2008 bulk a few days ago. Overall I’m very pleased with the lean mass gains I made, and that I was able to make those gains while adding a minimal amount of fat. This morning I’ve got my monthly progress photos, which also happen to be my final 2008 bulk progress photos.

By the way, if you missed my January 25, 2009 update, that is the update in which I went over all my 2008 bulking progress statistics (lean mass, fat, measurements and so on…)

So, here are this month’s pictures compared to my pre-bulk pictures taken just four months ago:

October 1, 2008 - 195 Pounds / 11.8% body fat

October 1, 2008 - 195 Pounds / 11.8% body fat

February 1, 2009 220.2 Pounds 13.8%  body fat

February 1, 2009 - 220.2 Pounds / 13.8% body fat

October 1, 2008 - 195 Pounds / 11.8% body fat

October 1, 2008 - 195 Pounds / 11.8% body fat

February 1, 2009 - 220.2 Pounds / 13.8 body fat

February 1, 2009 - 220.2 Pounds / 13.8 body fat

I feel that this was my most effective bulk yet: I added a significant amount of lean mass, my overall symmetry is greatly improved (but admittedly far from perfect) and my fat gains were relatively insignificant. The gains in my quads, hamstrings, lats and chest have improved my desired “X” shape, and that “X” will become much more evident as I cut down to 6% body fat over the next few months. My biggest weakness continues to be my traps. I gave my traps a considerable amount of extra attention over the past 17 weeks. While they did show some improvement in height, they continue to be a very weak area for me. I will redouble my efforts.

I thought it would be interesting to see how I look now compared to how I looked at the end of my last bulk. It’s worth noting that I have almost exactly the same lean mass in both photos, but in the 2007 photo I was carrying about 15 more pounds of fat. In addition to finishing this bulk with far less adipose, I also feel that the lean mass I have now is distributed more symmetrically.

January 1, 2007 [End of 2006 bulk]

January 1, 2007 (End of 2006 bulk)

February 1, 2009 [End of 2008 bulk]

February 1, 2009 (End of 2008 bulk)

January 1, 2007 [End of 2006 bulk]

January 1, 2007 (End of 2006 bulk)

February 1, 2009 [End of 2008 bulk]

February 1, 2009 (End of 2008 bulk)

Keep in mind that after my 2006 bulk I cut down to 6% body fat and had what I feel was the best physique of my life (July 2007). Comparing my current end of bulk pictures to my 2006 end of bulk pictures has me very excited about my upcoming cut. I suspect that when I get back down to 6% body fat I’m going to blow my July 2007 physique out of the water!

If you missed it, here’s my 2008 bulk progress video (you can subscribe and find more of my videos on my YouTube channel):

I’ve received an incredible amount of positive feedback about the new Transformation Spotlight of the Month feature. I think it’s safe to say that the TSM is now a permanent part of JSF. My goal is to feature a wide variety of transformations that will inspire, enlighten and educate. I think you’ll agree that our February 2009 TSM more than meets those requirements…

For the February 2009 TSM I’ve selected forum member Chicanerous. Chicanerous (Adam) has made one the most impressive, dynamic and multi-faceted transformations I’ve seen. In the five years that Adam has been a member of the JSF forums he’s transformed from a total beginner into one of the most knowledgeable, insightful and experienced posters anywhere. Adam may be smart, but don’t make the mistake of assuming he’s merely a keyboard warrior! Adam’s physical transformation is every bit as impressive as his mental one: over the years he has added an incredible 75 pounds of muscle, and is moving some serious weight in the gym.

On a personal note, I had the pleasure of hanging out with Adam on the 2008 JSF Cruise. I found Adam to be thoughtful, intelligent, humble and humorous. It’s difficult to believe that he is only 21 years old. I know that great things are in store for this young man.

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