THE DANGERS OF BULKING UP
This is not exactly an article on training, however it is extremely relevant to your muscle building goals and it can and will determine whether you succeed or fail. Do you “Bulk up” in the hope to try and gain a few kilos of muscle mass? Are you carrying a little excess baggage around your mid section? Once you have read the following words you may want to re evaluate the bulking up approach in the future and that layer of fat around your waistline. It is scientifically proven that gaining additional body fat has no benefits other than increasing y our chances of decreasing lean muscle, lowering Testosterone levels and developing a set of man boobs. In fact latest research has proven that fat cells create Aromatase an enzyme that con verts Testosterone into Estrogen. Aromatase enzymes reduce levels of testosterone which then allows the forming of abdominal fat that produces more Aromatase enzymes resulting in more formation of Estrogen. The additional bulk (fat) that is gained during a typical off season actually serves the opposite purpose of what y ou set out to achiev e. To build muscle and burn fat your body needs to have a higher testosterone and lower estrogen ratio, bulking up reverses the scenario. You can see this is a self defeating cycle proving the old theory of bulking up has nothing to do with the actual gain in lean muscle tissue. There may be a few die hard trainers from the old-school who believe bulking up still works but I am afraid they can’t argue with science. This research is of vital importance to natural athletes who are seeking to increase lean muscle mass and keep Estrogen and Aromatase in check. The big message here is sta y as lean as y ou can to k eep your Testosterone/Estrogen balance stacked in your favour. Remember the fatter you get the higher your Estrogen levels and the lower y our Testosterone! Not the ideal situation for building a lean muscular physique.