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    Default Bulk during summer? Or wait for winter?

    Hi all, I'm new here and very new to weightlifting in general, and at the moment I am kind of stumped as to what I should do. Should I Go ahead and bulk up during the summer? or should I wait for winter time?

    The only thing I am worried about by bulking up now, would be that I would lose definition. Is there a way around this? Also, if you don't mind, what are some good back exercises I can do at home besides wide-grip pullups? I've tried several of the back exercises listed on this site, but most of them don't leave me with a feeling that I actually worked my back. Thanks for any advice.

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    Also estimate on bf%? Thanks.
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    Dude, EAT, EAT, and EAT. That's all I'll say.

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    Hmmm. Well, do ya wanna keep the 6 pack for the summer. If you eat 1.5 grams of protien per pound you weigh and eat clean carbs early in the day you could gain and keep your lean stomach. But you'll have to watch those carbs and adjust as needed. If you aren't gaining at all add more carbs, if your getting chub instead of muscle cut back just a bit.
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    Bulk for sure. You might be new to weightlifting but you can't be new to working out. You must be a naturally skinny guy who has probably done a lot of sports. You a swimmer by chance?

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    So how much definition can I expect to lose on a bulk? For the summer, I would probably rather be a skinny guy with abs than having more muscle and being less defined. My goal is 165lbs. and cut to shreds. I'm about 150 in the pics, so about how long would it take to gain 15lbs of lean mass? Oh, and sorry for the newbie questions.

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    Bulk for sure. You might be new to weightlifting but you can't be new to working out. You must be a naturally skinny guy who has probably done a lot of sports. You a swimmer by chance?
    Haha, yes I was on the swim team in high school. I also played tennis, b-ball, and ran track too.
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    how much muscle you can gain depends on manner factors. The variables are how effective your workout is for hypertrophy, how many high quality calories are you eating each day and how much are you resting (amongst others less controlable). Do not underestimate the importance of sleep or training legs.

    You can probably put on 15lbs of lean muscle mass in 14 weeks on a clean,slow bulk. If you eat, eat, eat like most do on a bulk you can add the muscle a bit faster however it will come with some fat.

    I have had great success adding lean muscle mass with a 3 day split eating 600 calories more than my required amount and being sure I have enough protein in my system. Whey protein shakes first thing in the morning and a casein based protein at night will work wonders. You can make a home made mass building shake easily:

    Blend 1 cup of oatmeal
    1 cup of milk
    2 tbsp all natural peanut butter - read the ingredients
    1 scoop of protein - I use 1/2 whey and 1/2 casein
    1 or 1/2 banana depending on the size


    Try to eat something small (boiled egg, serving of cottage cheese, almonds..) in between main meals.

 

 

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