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Stack Rat: Bulk first, ask questions later

Whoever coined the phrase "Size doesn’t matter" never had the courage to step foot into a musty gym and test themselves against the cold and unforgiving iron that has broken each and every soul that ever dared to answer its call.

Size does matter, so if your routine involves a yoga mat and a pair of polished chrome dumbbells that max out at 5lbs. each, this week's sale probably isn’t for you.

However if you’re like me and 90 percent of the other sacrificial lambs who surrender to the gym, it’s time to jump start your growth and take your lean muscle mass to the next level.

In order to effectively accomplish this goal, your first order of business is to establish a baseline for which to start. My favorite is the tried-and-true Polaroid camera that weighs as much as a barbell plate and emits a flash that could blind a Cosmonaut stationed on Mir.

Taking a digital picture is quick and easy - but no one can ever accuse you of photoshopping a Polaroid! It’s also a good idea to take measurements of your biceps, chest, quads and waist. If you want to track your growth in a particular area of your body, you should measure it.

Don’t bother getting tangled up in that construction grade tape measure, use a soft tape measure like a clothing tailor would for the most accurate read.

Once you’ve established your starting point, keep that Polaroid and tape measure handy for tracking your progress. The purpose is twofold. First, it helps you stay motivated by confirming your gains. You can’t always see your early growth with the naked eye, but there is no disputing the numbers.

Second, it can help you fine tune your workout. If you go hard for a month straight and nothing changes, you know its time to reevaluate your routine.

With that in mind, you can’t expect to reach your full potential by only targeting the muscles you want to show. Everybody likes to flash their bi’s and tri’s, but you’re cheating yourself if your mass building routine doesn’t include your entire body.

By training your legs and core in addition to upper body, you allow the body to release growth hormone systematically, enhancing all areas of training and muscle development.

Since the goal is to increase your overall mass, don’t get too creative or try any of those fancy machines. Concentrate on compound exercises: Chest press, military press, squats, deadlifts, lunges and bent-over rows are the best way to get the most mass for your efforts.

The key to maximum gains is to target each body part once per week. That might not sound like a lot, but remember that growth occurs outside of the gym, not inside it. Take each body part to the point of failure - and then blast them again and again and you’ll have no problem taking a few days off!

Another critical aspect of increasing growth is your diet. Depending on your body size and type, shoot for at least 18 calories per pound of lean body weight and 1.5 grams of protein per pound of lean body weight.

Make sure to build your workout around complex carbs but always say no to sugar. It may be difficult to eat for size while simultaneously eating "clean", so don’t be afraid of fats either - so long as they’re unsaturated.

And you should be drinking water like you’re camping on Mercury. Four to six liters per day at the very least. What’s the simplest way to determine if you’re getting enough H2O? If your urine is yellow and not clear, you’re not drinking enough water.

The final piece of the growth puzzle is the addition of nutritional supplements. It can be very challenging to meet your protein requirements through food alone, and no mass program would be complete without creatine and a testosterone booster.

Don’t worry about trying to figure out which nutritional supplements are going to help you increase your overall mass. Once again the Feel It! Nutrition experts have already done the research for you and assembled the most comprehensive stack available to help you achieve your goals.

The Feel It! Nutrition Bulk Stack consists of the following cutting-edge supplements:

Dymatize: 100% Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate (5 lbs) Chocolate
Optimum Nutrition: 100% Casein Protein, Instantized Chocolate Supreme
Axis Labs: Hypertrophic Testosterone Complex 120 Capsules
Dymatize: Creatine 10.7 oz (300 g) Micronized
Universal Nutrition: Animal M Stak
Twin Lab: BCAA Fuel 180 tablets

The key to using Bulk Stack is balancing it with your food intake and training regimen. Again, tracking your progress and keeping a written record of when and how you exercise can mean the difference bewteen slight growth and a total muscle explosion.

Grow it, don’t blow it. Get Bulk Stack today and take yourself to the next level. But hurry, this sale ends March 19!

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