The cooler weather has set in, which means more clothes and, sadly, less skin. At Penthouse, as you are surely well aware, we’re all about taking our clothes off, but alas, as the Game of Thrones’ family Stark so love to moodily remind us, “Winter is Coming” (in fact, it’s already here).
But it doesn’t have to be all bad. Like a bear that eats a football pitch load of grass to block its bear-sized arse for hibernation, we should spend our winter similarly. No, not by making butt-plugs out of grass (unless you’re into that, in which case, lay on with abandon), but by preparing ourselves. We’re going to take advantage of the fact our guts are hidden under layers of clothing and start to put on a bit of winter bulk.
THE INCREDIBLE BULK
We spoke to our good friends over at Collective Nutrition to get the latest, cutting-edge info on how to add those extra kilos the RIGHT way, so as to protect your hard-earned gains.
First, you may want to know why bulking is important. For many novice gym-goers, the idea of gaining weight seems counterintuitive. But it is essential for anyone serious about putting on proper size (skeletons look great at Halloween, but have no place at the beach in summer). Gaining muscle and strength is all about eating big to ensure your caloric intake is sufficient to stimulate muscle growth. When putting on weight, you won’t necessarily have a six pack, but you will gain significantly more muscle mass than when you are eating less and trying to cut fat. Basically, bulking is the Ying to the cutting Yang. You first have to bulk to gain the muscles before you cut to get the six-pack.
And there’s no better time to put on a bit of weight than winter. But as our mate Tom from Collective Nutrition says, “It’s important to go about it the right way as it easy to go overboard and gain mostly body fat.”
How are you supposed to get the right balance of nutrients to ensure those calories stimulate growth in your arms and chest, rather than in the bay window? First – obviously – make sure you are training as hard as you regularly would during the summer. Second, it is IMPERATIVE that if you want to do things right, you get the correct nutrient supplements to help guide your muscle growth in a positive direction.
Giant Sports Muscle Maker protein from GIANT Sports International is a great addition to your regime. It has zero added sugars, gluten free and provides more calories, nutrients and protein than most others in the sports nutrition market. If you’re a hard gainer looking to take your physique to the next level, or you have a fast metabolism and struggle to gain weight, this will help to gradually increase caloric and protein intake to support new muscle growth.
Giant Sports Muscle Maker Protein more info: https://giantsupps.com/product/muscle-maker-weight-gainer/
As well as that, Scivation Xtend BCAA’s powder is the most advanced product of its kind and helps to facilitate both fat loss and new muscle construction, ensuring you will keep recovering quickly and while also supporting your immune system.
Xtend Perform BCAAs more info: http://www.scivation.com/product/xtend/
To top this all off, maintain a well-balanced diet of macro and micronutrients, and don’t skimp on the cardio. Contrary to what you might hear around the gym, it has been shown that a healthy cardiovascular system is essential for muscle growth and maintenance.
It’s pretty much as simple as that. While it’s cold outside, take the time to get that winter coat going. Keep training hard and by the time summer comes rolling around you’ll have built enough muscle mass to begin your cut – and that’s where the real fun starts.
Happy winter bulking, guys.
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