Dirty Vs Clean Bulking: What’s the Difference?

For anyone who wants to take their fitness to another planet, there will have to be some changes that need to be. At a certain point, especially for beginners, you can pretty much eat whatever you want. However, that horrid diet of chips and cookies can only take you so far, right? Well, this is where things get a bit tricky, as there are two different approaches that you can take to gaining weight, the clean or dirty bulk. Let’s start with the goody two shoes method of gaining weight, the clean bulk. For those are wanting to step it up and start packing on some extra weight, the clean bulkers are all about tracking every calorie that comes their way, not that there is anything wrong with that! Vegetables and lean meats are going to be a staple of clean bulking. With both schools of gaining weight, protein shakes are encouraged, as there isn’t anything the matter with rounding out what you need, nutrition-wise, with some protein powder.

The goal of a properly planned clean bulk will be to gain the maximum amount of muscle, with minimal fat gains. To do this effectively, you say wave goodbye to the junk food right now. Sure, a clean bulk is a tougher approach to bulk up but you won’t have to worry about having your stomach grow a little, in the process. For the dirty bulkers, there really aren’t too many rules that their diet plan has to follow, it is, essentially, anything goes. I prefer the dirty bulk because I would much rather sweat a little extra while working out, if it means that I can have the freedom to eat what I want.

What can I say? I might be a little weak willed when it comes to my food. You don’t want to get too out of control with a dirty bulk, just know that you have a little more freedom. Fast food and combo meals await you, as do pizzas and other unhealthy options, which make for a perfect dirty bulk. What I’ve noticed, is that about three weeks into my bulking, I start to notice that my shirts fit a little smaller in the stomach area, so you might need to aside some money for bigger shirts, it’s not a good feeling. The bright side to gaining a little extra stomach fat is that your muscles are going to be nourished, which will make them grow just like everything else. Usually, the dirty bulk is the easiest one for beginning lifters to stick with, I feel that there is always time to tighten up the rules and that can come later. What is crucial to any bulking plan is that you don’t skimp out on your training. Trust me, I’ve seen what happens when someone think that they can just eat their way to strength and muscle, without actually doing any hard work, it isn’t pleasant. Plus, overdoing it in the eating department, without enough calories burned to back it up and you could be saddled with more fat than you bargained up for. One thing that I will tell you is that it isn’t as easy to start really bulking up, as you might think. Hearing that you can eat basically whatever you want sounds nice but once the stomach starts feeling full, that’s a surefire way to end a bulking regimen. The key is to effective bulking is to eat more small meals, rather than gorging out on food at dinnertime.

Step Up to the Plate with Rocky’s Workout

No, I’m not talking about Dwayne Johnson, for this exercise session, we are talking all about the legendary boxing film from the seventies. Rocky Balboa was a character that was part movie and part real life story of struggle for the writer of this film, Sylvester Stallone. Many casual fans are not aware that Stallone had written the tale for this movie, not just starring in it and creating a whole new career for himself, in the process. One of the most heartbreaking stories that I have heard that surrounded the beginnings of the Rocky film was that Stallone had to actually sell his own dog, to pay for finishing up the process of making this film. The story I just talked about does have a major feel good ending to it, as Stallone not only got his dog back but also became one of the biggest movie stars of all time, in the process! Just like most other men in the world, there is something about the Rocky movies that go a long way in really helping to get me motivated. It is near impossible to watch the story of an underdog, who came up from nothing, to become a legend without getting a fire lit under you.
I love the process that got Stallone to really get into his character for Rocky. If you are going to be a boxer, two things are likely to happen: you will face many different forms of competition and you are going to have your own trainer. Stallone is certainly a smart man and even, with all of his accumulated knowledge about bodybuilding, he knew that he could always use a second opinion. What the Rocky training program would consist of would be Stallone, doing his best to keep up with a world-renowned trainer, forcing his own competitive spirit to cause muscle growth, a great idea.

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I don’t know about you but when I am training in the company of another person, whether subconiously or not, I always try to lift the most that I can, likely at the expense of my own safety! What was the main focal point of the exercise that Rocky had to do, in order to look the part of a professional boxer, is that he had to look shredded. If you go back and watch some of the Rocky movies, you will see that Stallone isn’t bulky, with layers of fat, he looks like he is built from solid muscle. Stallone was in such perfect shape for the Rocky films, that he really does look like a boxer. From watching many different boxing matches, I can tell you that these athletes (with the exception of some heavyweights), you aren’t going to see much in the way of chunky boxers. Being that he had an extensive background in weightlifting and bodybuilding, Sylvester knew that what he ate would play a huge factor in the success of his overall training for Rocky. Not one to slouch on his diet, Stallone included a balanced blend of proteins, carbs, and other bodybuilding goodies that anyone who lifts should be using.

Yes, recent headlines may suggest that Stallone had a little extra help in attaining the physique that he has been known for, even almost into his seventies! Regardless of what you’ve read about Stallone, he is still capable of having a physique that people fifty years younger than him would be jealous of!

Not Breaking Your New Year’s Resolution

We are just a few days away from the clock striking midnight and creating our very own resolution. Unfortunately, many will make their vow to do what it takes to transform their life, only to find that they end up falling short. A large percentage of resolutions will never be met but that doesn’t mean that one of those unlucky people will be you. I wanted to guide you, as I have made these same resolutions in the past. I make mistakes like everyone else and there were some years I followed my resolutions but not before many years of breaking that same promise, most of the time within weeks. With that in mind, what were the differences that allowed me to stick with my plan? I truly believe that what a big part of helping me to complete my resolutions would be the people that I had surrounded myself with.

Now, I wouldn’t say that the people in my life were the sole reason that I was able to start finally sticking to some of my goals but they really did help push me through some bad days. If you have a person or two in your life who thinks that everything is lame or there is always a reason not to do something, consider having a talk with them. I never advise anyone to just cut ties with a person in their life, perhaps telling them about how negative they are being to you could help them to snap out of it. Sometimes, people don’t mean to intentionally make light of serious events in your life, they just don’t know how to act sometimes. I had known one of the rudest people at an old job and he became a very close friend of mine but why would I want to be so close to such a rude guy?

To help explain the confusion, it turns out that the guy I was talking about used his sense of humor to cope with feeling like the odd man out. Once I got to know this wisecracking guy, who everyone avoided, I found out that he was very sweet and caring. As for what kept me steadily ready to meet and exceed my goals was positive reinforcement.

If I could go through the first two weeks of sticking to my weightlifting, I would purchase myself a small gift. Let’s just say that, the first year I actually kept up with the resolution that I made, I had amassed quite a little video game collection, towards the end of the year. If there is a hobby that you have and you are meeting your goals, don’t be afraid to reward yourself, it can really help keep you on the right track. Furthermore, always having a clear picture of what enables you to change how you are living. 2017 is coming up extremely fast, so I hope that you have your resolution all planned out. Remember that it could take a few months before you start seeing your hard work pay off and that is common. Never accept slow progress as failure, each workout that you complete only brings you that much closer to the end result, which is a new you! With any luck, you will be preparing a new and improved resolution to roll into 2018!

Should Push Ups Be Done Anymore?

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Getting Ahead

Think back to your days when you were taking it easy and doing only pushups and sit ups, did you notice any major changes in your composition? There are those who say that you simply can not gain a noticeable amount of muscle through only doing the push up exercise. For those not in the know, a push up is when you start with your hands parallel to your sides, lying on your stomach. From there, you push up your body weight with your hands until your arms are fully extended. If done enough times, there is no doubt that pushups can certainly add muscle tissue. Would I say that weight training is quicker for a more rapid speed up? Absolutely. However, not everyone has the budget for fancy gym cards or an expensive and lavish home setup.

Pushups are going to work your chest and triceps muscles more than any other group. After completing sets of pushups, the next day you will notice that the backs of your arms are going to be sore. There is a way that you change up the dull original push up and it all comes down to where you place your arms. You see, the normal push up is done in a similar style to an upside down bench press, where your arms are extended out, almost into a V formation. If you want bigger arms and less chest muscle development, place your arms closer together while pushing up. Almost immediately, you should start feeling your arms begin to swell, letting you receive that glorious pumped feeling.

I don’t believe that pushups should be the sole exercise that someone completes but they should definitely be applied to a fitness program, of that I am sure. Even if you find that you only spend five minutes a week working on your pushup progression, you’re getting a good set of muscles worked by an exercise that has been done for ages. Also, you can really set out to explore all of the different pushup techniques there are, surprised by hearing that? I was certainly shocked that you can alter so many aspects of the exercise, such as height, speed, duration of the pushup.

Matching Faith and Weight Training: A Perfect Combo?

While this won’t be perfect for all ways of thinking, the Get Centered fitness program can really offer a new viewpoint on how you accomplish your training. Based outside of Texas, this program combines religious teachings with your exercise routine. I don’t judge anyone, based on their beliefs, so I can understand why this will only interest a certain portion of my readers. By talking about this gym, I’m not speaking to my personal beliefs, as I feel that should be a private matter and it will continue to stay so. After all, you come to this website to (hopefully) learn about new ways to lift weights, not who or what I believe in.

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With that aside, it is interesting that a program like the Get Centered is just now being announced, it is just a great idea that I would have thought someone else who have made this into something but I guess not! No matter what religion you could practice, I think that we can all agree that for people to have a place where they can go and believe what they want to is a nice thing to start or end your day with. For the certain person, I can see that having their faith, which is obviously going to be very important brought out, in a discussion format could be great. This gym offers the group members where they can find solidarity and peace, in a no judgment zone. I could see a gym having a place where the members can talk and share their experiences is such a great idea.

I always want to see people getting along and what better way to have that taken care of than to use their shared interests as a starting point for conversation? I do also have to admit that I like how their courses don’t just gear you up for success in your fitness program, they also have life teachings put in place to steer you through and give you more direction in life. I had sure wished that my gym had put some people in place to advise me of what I could in life. I understand that this second wish would be much harder to grant and not an aspect of life that we would all need, I used to run with a bad crowd.

While you may or may not agree with the values that are taught at Get Centered, I have to say that is really something I could see catching on very rapidly. When considering that the main purpose of Get Centered is based more around what you believe versus how much you can lift, you’ll likely see a wide array of people at the next Get Centered class, which is great! Somewhere in Texas, there is a group of people who are enriching their lives by being able to freely bring in their chosen beliefs and values with them, proudly and that must be an awesome feeling. With such a wide variety of people all around you, it is very easy to get some new viewpoints on what you might be struggling with in your life. You will never want to just settle on your own way of thinking to solve a problem, you’ll be amazed at how nice it is to share your struggles with others.