Rookie weightlifters and “bulking” rant

If your goals (like Tank Abbot pictured above) are superhuman strength with no regard for health or appearance, then standard internet "bulking" advice is right for you.
If your goals (like Tank Abbot pictured above) are superhuman strength with no regard for health or appearance, then standard internet “bulking” advice is right for you.

I called it weightlifting and not bodybuilding for a reason.  Bodybuilding is a real sport, and I won’t disgrace it by associating it with these types.

People on the internet need to stop considering it a “good thing” to weigh a lot.
It is not! Professionals measure increases in lifts (or in the tape measure), and professionals measure decreases in bodyfat % (or in the tape measure, in a different location, such as the waist).
The MAIN reason i step on the scale is to make sure I’m not losing weight too fast which would indicate I am either dehydrated (usually) or losing muscle (less often for me personally).

In powerlifting competitions there are WEIGHT CLASSES. If I can lift what you can lift, and I am 175 and you are 210, I will place MUCH higher than you. In bodybuilding competitors are rewarded based on bodyfat % over muscle mass. If you roll into a bodybuilding competition at 6% with 15 lbs more muscle than anyone else, you lose to everyone who is 3% bodyfat.

What is this ****ing sport the internet has invented where putting on weight is an accomplishment? It’s not bodybuilding or powerlifting… Is it heavyweight powerlifting? Because you better be squatting 600 and benching 400 before you even attempt to go there (none of the people who see weighing 200 as an accomplishment are anywhere close to those numbers).  Seeing an increase on the scale as “progress” is a serious rookie mistake.

If you gain 10 lbs, your bench should be increasing 50-80 lbs, squat should be increasing 80-100 lbs, and deadlift should be increasing 80-100lbs (assuming the 10 lbs is lean muscle, and not fat). Do you understand where I am coming from?  How long (free of steroids) does it take to get those increases on your lifts?  Yes, thats correct, it takes so long that weighing yourself and expecting to gain weight regularly is a ridiculous practice.  It is both impatient and counterproductive, because you are mentally patting yourself on the back for gaining what is probably water or fat. You want to bulk correctly? Ok:  Gain 12 lbs in the next 2 years. 1 lb every 60 days… Keep weighing yourself guys.  Aim for that ever so important 0.125 lb weekly.  (This is why I don’t weigh myself)

I say this after being called “small” on internet websites because of being 5’9 and 175. I’m not small.

By not buying into this misconception, I am just walking around with 20 less lbs of fat than everyone else.


Oh yeah, one other thing. EVERYONE WHO HASN’T DIETED DOWN TO SINGLE DIGITS ALWAYS UNDERESTIMATES THEIR BODYFAT %… IF YOU ARE READING AND YOU THINK YOU ARE JUST ABOVE 15% YOU ARE 24%. IF YOU THINK YOU ARE 11% YOU ARE 15%. IF YOU THINK YOU ARE 20% YOU ARE 30%.

This is just the experience of a fitness professional, and someone who has lost 50 lbs since 2009 while increasing lifts.

Most important of all, if you have never dieted down into shreddedness, and have always stopped when some mild deffinition apears in your abs, you have no idea what you are talking about, and have no place giving advice.  

Losing fat doesn’t even become difficult, until you are already ripped, trying to become more ripped.  When people who have never been below 11% give advice on cutting, it is EXACTLY the same thing as the guy who has never benched more than 225lb for a 1 rep max, giving advice on gaining strength.

That is all.

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