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The Top 10 Rules Of Successful Clean Bulking!

If you're currently on a bulking program or are interested in getting started on one then this is the article for you. Read on to see what you can do to successfully gain the mass you want without the body fat!

By: Derek Beast Charlebois

Article Summary:
  • To keep your gains lean you want to gain at a rate of about 0.5-1 pound per week.
  • In order to gain muscle you have to eat more calories than you burn.
  • Special attention should be paid to your post-workout meal or shake.

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The Top 10 Rules Of Successful Clean Bulking

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It is pretty safe to say that everyone wants to have a muscular, lean physique. Getting that muscular physique is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication. With all of the different bulking programs out there it is easy to become lost and confused as to what is the correct way to gain muscle. To help with that confusion I am going to list my "Top 10 Rules Of Successful Clean Bulking" These rules are the main principles and keys to a successful bulking program and apply to anyone who is looking to gain muscle.

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1. Pick Your Goal: Bulking Or Cutting
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Unless you are carrying a large amount of fat or you are just starting to weight train you are not going to lose fat while trying to gain muscle. If your primary goal is to gain muscle then focus on that.

If Your Primary Goal Is To Gain Muscle Then Focus On That
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If Your Primary Goal Is To Gain Muscle Then Focus On That.

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2. Track Your Progress
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To keep your gains lean you want to gain at a rate of about 0.5-1 pound per week. If you don't track your progress then you won't know if you aren't gaining at all or if you are gaining too fast and adding unnecessary body fat.

To Keep Your Gains Lean You Want To Gain At A Rate Of About 0.5-1 Pound Per Week
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To Keep Your Gains Lean You Want To Gain At A
Rate Of About 0.5-1 Pound Per Week.

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3. Eat Enough Calories To Grow But Don't Get Sloppy
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You will most likely gain some fat when bulking. In order to gain muscle you have to eat more calories than you burn and doing so can lead to some fat gain. Some people try to stay shredded while gaining muscle by either not eating enough calories or doing too much cardio. Doing so may allow them to stay super lean but they won't be gaining much muscle. At the other end of the spectrum some people eat everything in sight to get as many calories as they can. This strategy will definitely lead to weight gain, but a lot of that weight will be fat and not muscle. The best approach is to eat sufficient calories to gain muscle but don't get crazy with your eating and still doing some cardio to maintain cardiovascular health.

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4. Do Some Cardio While Bulking
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I recommend doing 2-3, 20-30 minute sessions of cardio each week while bulking (ideally on a non-weight training day) to maintain cardiovascular health and keep you fit. Cardiovascular training improves the heart's ability to pump blood and increases oxygen uptake into cells. Strenuous weight training can be aerobically taxing and therefore having an efficient, strong heart will allow you to train harder. In addition, a fit person burns more fat at rest than an unfit person, so doing cardio while bulking can help keep you lean.

Cardiovascular Training Improves The Heart's Ability To Pump Blood And Increases Oxygen Uptake Into Cells
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Cardiovascular Training Improves The Heart's Ability To Pump
Blood And Increases Oxygen Uptake Into Cells.

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5. If You Are Getting Stronger You Will Get Bigger
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One of the best ways to know if you are gaining muscle is if you are getting stronger. While it is possible to gain strength without gaining size for the most part if you are gaining strength you will gain size. If you are bulking and not gaining strength or losing strength then something needs to be fixed.

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6. Get Adequate Rest And Recovery Time
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Remember you grow outside of the gym! Your workouts serve as the stimulus for muscle growth but if you are not getting adequate rest and recovery time between workouts your results will suffer. I recommend weight training 4-5 times per week max.

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7. Eat 1-1.5g Of Protein Per Pound Of Bodyweight Every Day
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We all know the importance of protein for muscle growth, so make sure you are eating 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight every day. If you are having trouble eating enough protein, adding in protein shakes is an easy way to boost your protein intake.

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8. Don't Neglect Your Fat And Carbohydrate Intake
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Just because you are getting enough protein doesn't mean you can overlook your fat and carbohydrate intake. Both fats and carbohydrates are needed to support muscle growth so be sure you aren't skimping on these nutrients.

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9. Post Workout Nutrition Is Vital
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While all your meals are important, special attention should be paid to your post-workout meal or shake. To maximize muscle growth and recovery, a post workout shake consisting of whey protein and a fast-acting carbohydrate (like dextrose) is ideal. Adding supplements like creatine monohydrate (5 grams) and glutamine (5-10 grams) to your post-workout shake will further enhance its effectiveness. Simply adding a post-workout shake to your regime will accelerate your results so don't skimp out on it!

Special Attention Should Be Paid To Your Post-Workout Meal Or Shake
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Special Attention Should Be Paid To Your Post-Workout Meal Or Shake.

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Instead of getting bogged down with every little detail the above 10 rules are what you should focus on; don't lose sight of the big picture. Following my top 10 rules will lead to a successful bulking program and allow you to get that muscular, lean physique you have been working towards.

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Thanks for the knowledge, this information is what i realy need now.

May 10, 2012 4:16am | report
 
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So if you gain more than .5-1 pound per week is it just fat?

Jun 25, 2012 10:19pm | report
 
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khalidalkhaldi

in a month max 1-2.5 pound of muscle u can gain muscle

Jul 8, 2012 8:08am | report
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  • ht: 5'10"
  • wt: 209.44 lbs
  • bf: 20.0%
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Changes are if you are gaining more than 1 lb per week some of it is fat. The body can only synthesize muscle tissue so fast and eating additional calories simply for the sake of gaining weight isn't ideal.

Aug 23, 2012 1:46pm | report
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GyzzBrah

If you take steroids, you can gain 4-5 Kg's every month and lose fat at the same time.

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djet77

Great info!

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Thank you!

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rogerprime

Great! I'm on it ^^

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lgesmund

Gett'n mean and lean! So far I've been getting the best results by following this diet regime.

Jul 1, 2013 4:54pm | report
 
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Jackapotamus

This is all broscience. It's not necessarily wrong, but there are no cited research articles to prove or disprove the claims that were made. Very sloppy.

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Jackapotamus

420 grams of carbs and 300 grams of protein for a 200 lb man. That's the equivalent of 2880 calories, without even consuming a gram of fat, which is necessary for bodily functions.....doesn't seem healthy.

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nigeltnee

For something like this what would be the recommended fat intake? As it sits now when one enters their weight say of 180lbs in the calculator what should you be looking for fat intake?

Thanks,

-Nigel

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Starting now

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toon1994

i really need to clean up my bulking this hellps!

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