The purpose of this video is to not judge anyone but to help educate you as a natural lifter. There are certain things you need to keep in mind in terms of weight training and eating, ESPECILLY when compared to an “enhanced” athlete. So no judging, just education! My goal is to help you reach yours. #HTH #SHFAthlete #ProjectGains
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The journey to accomplishing your goals already has enough trials and hardships without having to deal with the misinformation being taught online.
The purpose of this article is to help you understand that there is a clear difference between the steps you must take as a natural lifter to build muscle when compared to someone who is on drugs or steroids. This article is not meant to judge anyone, just educate you as my goal is to help you reach yours!
Be sure to pay close attention to each topic and if you have any questions, leave them as a comment below!
Now let’s get focused on helping you make those gains!
1. Eating Too Much
Natural lifters think that in the off-season, when you are supposed to be bulking, you need to eat all kinds of food including junk food to gain a lot of muscle! The more fat you pack on the better! But it doesn’t work like that Nation.
As a natural athlete, if your routine and meal plan are on point, in general, you can expect to gain around 20 – 25lbs of muscle in your first year. 12 – 15 your second year, 6 – 8 your third and around 4 pounds a year for each year after that. So if you’re eating too much thinking you will forcefeed your muscles to grow, sorry but all you are doing is gaining fat.
The right thing to do is to eat 250 – 500 calories above your maintenance calories each day to make sure you’re growing muscle and yes you will gain a little bit of fat too, but this way you’re growing lean and minimizing the damage. You can check out my video on this topic called “Are You Bulking Or Just Fat?” for more information on this subject.
It is also important for you to know that extra fat, especially belly fat, affects insulin sensitivity, thyroid hormone function and testosterone levels (I talk more about T levels in this video – “How To Maximize Your T Levels Naturally” and all of that makes it even harder for you to make gains and lose fat with each bulking cycle.
So why would you want to go on a crazy bulk and gain all kinds of fat just to have a harder time to lose the extra fat in the end? Yes, you need to eat more to grow but, eat in an adequate calorie surplus!
2. Having Unrealistic Expectations
I get comments like this all time:
“Scott, how come you haven’t grown like so and so?”
“You have been the same size forever Scott, shouldn’t you be bigger since you have been lifting your whole life?”
There is nothing that pisses me off more than when people compare me to athletes that are on drugs. To me, that is ignorance at its best! You can look shredded and pretty big as a natural athlete but, sorry to say, you will not look humongous like these pro bodybuilders and many so called “Natural” athletes all over the fitness industry. That’s the reality Nation!
As a drug-free athlete, and not drug free for the past 6 months, you have a limit which is predefined by your genetic makeup. Also understand that you are not going to see unlimited growth for the rest of your life. If that was true, every experienced lifter would look like The Hulk! You gains will taper off as time goes by and that’s just how it is. If you want to be huge, unless you have a genetic mutation, it probably won’t happen naturally.
One way to be natural and look bigger, if that’s what you are into, is to carry a little more body fat so that your overall frame looks bigger. Lots of my friends actually do that because they prefer to look more intimidating vs being shredded.
Now let me clarify that drug users are not just the humongous guys like Arnold. There are plenty out there that are in that midrange physique category that might trick you to think that they are natural and make you THINK that you can look like them. So don’t be gullible guys! Educate yourself, make a decision as to what your goal is and have realistic expectations in terms of what you are going to achieve.
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