If you walk into just about every gym in America, heck, any gym in the world, and ask the majority of the men in there what it is they’re looking to achieve through their workouts, the majority of them will give you the same exact answer. Guys are looking to get “big”. We can thank the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno (The original Hulk), and every single pro wrestler in the WWE for this.
We’re told so often in society that getting big is the way to success. Look better with your shirt off, get stronger, get attention from the opposite sex even. However, overloading your frame with large amounts of body mass can be detrimental to your overall health.
Now, “bulking” as it is commonly referred to, is actually a great tool used by professional body builders, as the phase is just that: a phase. It is then followed by “cutting” which gives bodybuilders a slimming down look where they are ridding themselves of this excess weight to look more toned. As many of those you see in the gym trying to get bigger are not professional bodybuilders, this excess weight remains and puts stress on the body in a number of ways.
In order to bulk, lifting weights needs to go hand-in-hand with a big diet. High carb, high protein diets are typically the norm for anyone looking to pack on some muscle, but doing this also means excess fat being stored within the body. This new addition of unhealthy fat leads to many health risks such as increased risk of heart disease and type-2 diabetes.
The immense strain that adding mass to the body in such a short time can do is often only noticed when it’s too late. Knowing about how the body works, how to properly gain muscle and how to keep yourself safe is essential to health. Bulking causes great strain on bone-muscle connectors, ligaments and tendons. These things slowly become more susceptible to tearing free of bones and muscles due to stress impact.
The act of bulking up is dangerous if not done in the correct way. Getting professional advice, assistance and guidance in putting on weight is key for proper accumulation of muscle and the preservation of overall health.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.
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