Great question. Any responses folks?
Wilkiam h. Thanks a lot for the detailed response. That's some hardcore information. I'm 5'5 152 lb. I think that's supposed be the high end for my height but I'm not fat just some gut. Of course like any guy I wanna get slightly big and cut. I'm wary of bulking as I'm sure it'll go to gut instead of muscle so I'm trying to trim weight down first (aka cutting?) And then I'll focus on bulking. Thoughts? I'll check the toppins routine.
Thanks joe c. Especially for the note about what's hot this time of the year. I just had downloaded the "short cut to size" routine for the jefit app. But if cutting is what's needed this time of year I'll try crossfit instead then. Plus I had great time doing the Spartacus workout, which is cutting I believe. On the other hand, "short cut to size" seems like it's organized in that pattern: cut week, bulk week. Mainly since the reps are organized that way.. week 1 high reps, week 2 lower reps higher weights.
Bodybuilding site is so intense, I feel like it's over my head every time, but a huge wealth of resources. YouTube gets me lost too, since it'll provide handful of individual workouts, but not an overall plan. The Spartacus workout felt great for me because it laid out the plan for three weeks at least.
All that being said, I like your note about the science part. It's just difficult to swallow the fact that in order to take care of my body, need master's in biology/nutrition.
Bulking and cutting is mostly a food thing. Want to gain strengt, muscle mass and power/weight? Bulking is for you. How long and how intense all depend on your goals and stats. You could look into clean bulking. Sounds like smth for you.
In the cut, you will eat alot less carbs a day and stay under your daily kcl need. While at an all out bulking period you will eat whatever gets infront of you!