YOU WANT TO be in a permanent state of Hulking out, but chances are, if you’re reading this article, building bulk doesn’t come naturally. “There is a lot of variability in what works from person to person,” says Jacob Wilson, Ph.D, CSCS*D, CEO of the Applied Science and Performance Institute. Some guys barely have to put effort forth and they’re suddenly swole, whereas others have to try every combination of macros before they start to see even a centimeter of growth.
But there is a strategy to building bulk—more than just stuffing your mouth with every seemingly-healthy food in sight. Nosh on the wrong kind of calories and you’re going to balloon out instead of Hulk up.
The other factor? How you spend your time in the gym and the exercises you're doing. “One of the biggest things that I see is that people don’t change up their training program as much as they should,” says Wilson. “More is not always better; however being more strategic with your approach—aside from just going into the gym and destroying yourself every time—may help elicit better gains.”