4 Common Mistakes People Make when They Bulk Up

This has been a pretty intense winter, but before you know it spring, and then summer, will be here. Everybody is talking about getting their ideal beach body ready, but the majority of these people are concerned about losing weight, not putting weight on. There will be a lot of people trying to bulk up before they hit the beach, but they’ll end up doing it the wrong way. Most people think that they can just add a protein shake to their usual diet, but they won’t get what they’re aiming for.

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There is right way and a wrong way to bulk up, and if you want to have your ideal beach body this summer, avoid making these common bulking mistakes.

Bulking on junk

We all know that one guy who insists that it’s fine for him to binge on fast food and other high calorie fare since he’s bulking, but that guy is going to end up with sloppy results and a nice belt of fat along his stomach. When you’re bulking, you should be getting your calories from healthy foods. Eat a lot of lean cuts of meat, complex carbs, and healthy fats like olive oil. Calories in fast food may be high, but those are the empty and unhealthy calories that you want to avoid.

Sticking to the exact same routine

Fitting in some extra gym time can help you achieve the bulk that you’re looking for, but it won’t make much of a difference if you do the same routine day after day. When you’re starting out, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to the same regimen for a while. After all, you need to get used to fitting workouts into your schedule and get your body used to the extra work. But once you find a nice groove, the vast majority of your workout should be devoted to lifting heavier weights and pushing yourself more. You don’t want to do something that could harm your body, but you’ll need to put in the extra effort if you want to see some results.

Obsessing over the scale

When you’re trying to put on weight, it’s natural to want to use the scale to check your progress. Too many people make the mistake of doing whatever they can to add as much weight as possible before they do their next weigh in. Your body can only produce so much muscle at a time when you’re bulking, and if you focus on eating more to see your weight go up, it’s very likely that you’ll be adding more fat than muscle.

Not trying different supplements/prohormones

Supplements and prohormones can have different results for people, but many people end up sticking with something that isn’t working because they know somebody that the product worked wonders for. If you’re not noticing results after a certain amount of time (and after you’ve been using the product exactly as directed), there’s nothing wrong with trying something new. Do some research and see what’s available to you.

Celebrity Workout Motivation: If “Ray Donovan” Actor Liev Schreiber Can Do It, You Can Too

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Before his role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Sabretooth, Liev Schreiber didn’t know what working out for a movie role meant.

When asked by a Hollywood interviewer “How crazy was your workout regimen?” Schreiber responded by saying …

“Sick.”

And he didn’t mean “sick” in the sense of “awesome.”  When he said “sick,” he meant the prep workouts for the movie were freaking terrible.  Schreiber is not one for gym workouts and never will be.  He is, however, one for partaking in sick-awesome activities to keep his body looking lean and jacked.

“It was all new to me – all that getting jacked, working out in the gym,” he told the interviewer.  “So, I was very happy the day we wrapped – [after] I was in the fish n’ chips shop in Sydney [where training for the movie took place].”

Four years after training for X-Men, upon finishing up acting in 2013 for season one of the new hit series Ray Donovan, Schreiber was seen surfing and smoking.

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Schreiber has his spoil, and you can too. Whether it’s a “cheat day” or other reward.

Cigarettes and fish n’ chips.  Not what comes to mind when you think of lean muscle and wellness.

But the point is: Even if you’re not all about going to the gym and working out, you can still achieve an amazing figure like Schreiber’s.

You just have to push yourself.

Whether that means going to the gym every day to gain a solid Sabretooth-like 30 pounds or doing a daily activity like surfing to keep your body lean and muscles sizeable, you can achieve a respectable figure … if you persevere!

And when you start persevering and meet the challenge of working toward a body you love – a challenge many others are too afraid to face – you’ll start to love the challenge.

Succeed at hitting the gym or doing your favorite daily activity for a few weeks and the challenge will become a habitual, rewarding activity.
 

You Don’t Have to Be “Joe Trainer” to Succeed

 
When an interviewer for AskMen asked Schreiber if there was a lot of training involved in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he replied:

“A tremendous amount of training, and I’m not exactly ‘Joe Trainer,’ if you know what I mean. Working out six days a week, having a strict diet and trying to keep up with Hugh [Jackman] on the beaches of Australia was difficult, but also something I really enjoyed.”

Bottom line: Find a way to enjoy the challenge and you’ll succeed.

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An example of another activity besides surfing Liev does to sustain his physique.

If this successful actor who is a fan of fish n’ chips and smoking can gain 30 pounds of muscle for a movie and stay in excellent shape year long, you can achieve your personal dreams as well.

Persevere and push through the hard days at the beginning, and you’ll make it.  And if you need a little boost to get you going, don’t be afraid to seek out the companionship of pre-workout supplements like Jack’D Up or post-workout supplements like Complete Whey.

Remember, at Black Diamond Supplements, we’re here to help get you to exactly where you want to be physically so you can wake up every morning feeling like a million bucks.

Persevere, target what motivates you, and look up to people who have persevered before (and enjoyed it!)

If you do this, that day you wake up, get out of bed, look in the mirror and say “Damn, I did it” could be just around the corner.

How to Choose the Right Supplement

Getting back into good physical condition is a goal you may have set for yourself at the beginning of the year. Once you have gotten yourself back into decent shape, though, you may even consider stepping up your training (especially if you participate in sporting events).

 

As part of this process, it is important to understand how to choose the right supplement. Your choice should be determined by multiple factors, including what your end goal is. For instance, if your objective is to gain strength and muscle in a short amount of time, then prohormone supplements are worth looking into.

 

Keep in mind that before starting any type of training or supplement regimen, you should consult your doctor to ensure it is safe to do so. Here are some common goals that people seek out supplements for:

 

Weight Loss

 

Losing weight is a goal that many people set for themselves at the beginning of the year or before a special event (like a wedding). For many, this journey consists of learning to eat healthier and exercise. However, there are various weight loss supplements available on the market for those who feel that they may need an extra hand.

 

Joint Support

 

The bitter cold of winter is no friend to anyone who suffers from joint pain. However, people still want to live their lives and exercise without worry. If you find yourself in this situation, then you may want to consider using something to help support your joints during your routine. There are physical braces that you can purchase to wear, and there are also supplements you can take to help strengthen yourself from within.

 

Body Building

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Consumers who are interested in body building and other activities that focus on the size of their muscles can look for a supplement that will help. This is where prohormone supplements can come in handy. These legal steroid alternatives, combined with consistent work in the gym, will help you see the results you crave faster.

 

Whether you are looking for a weight loss booster or something to help you develop faster, it is important that you speak with your doctor before taking any type of supplement. Some are only designed for a specific gender, while others might conflict with a prescription that you are taking. Follow the instructions carefully and, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us here at Black Diamond Supplements.

 

 

How “Bane” Actor Tom Hardy Bulks with Chicken, Broccoli, and Traditional Exercises

If Tom Hardy took prohormones or other bulking supplements during his training days for bulked-up movie roles, he would explode.

Most known in the bodybuilding community for his ability to gain incredible size and muscle with simple food and traditional exercises, Tom Hardy continues to wow us with how easy he makes the bodybuilding process seem.  While his most prominent role that required him to gain muscle and weight is Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Hardy also had to tear up his muscles and put on the pounds for Warrior (2011) and Bronson (2008), a less popular movie by the director who made Drive (2011).

Here, we’re going to take a look at Hardy’s impressive ability to put on weight and muscle as he chooses like a smart and calculated professional bodybuilder.  We’ll break down his diet for each movie role mentioned as well as his exercise routine.

Bronson: Gaining Muscle with “Jail Cell Exercises” While Gaining Weight with Pizza, Ice Cream and Coca-Cola

Image of: Tom Hardy in his role as Charles Bronson, big and bulky.

Hardy’s role as Charles Bronson isn’t the only role he prepared for by doing traditional exercises and eating simple bodybuilding food.  However, to date, it’s the only role that required him to eat things like pizza and ice cream.  The role didn’t require an early version of Schwarzenegger.  Instead, it required a guy who looked like a badass and cared just enough about his body and being the biggest guy on the cell block.

To complement his massive intake of chicken, rice, broccoli and junk food, Hardy did “jail cell exercises” – press-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, etc.  This strange combo allowed him to successfully add 35 pounds to his 5’9″ frame in only six weeks.

According to Hardy:

“For Bronson, I put on about 7lbs a week —  with no steroids. In the end I’d put on about 2 and a half stone [35 pounds] by  eating chicken and rice, which was my staple diet throughout the day.  Then I’d have a pizza, Haagen-Dazs and Coca-Cola. So not good stuff, but I had to put weight on.  I did very non-specific exercises such as press-ups, push-ups, abs work and resistance training.”

Warrior: Omitting the Pizza and Ice Cream, Keeping the Chicken and Broccoli, and Introducing Traditional Exercises at Odd Times of the Day

Image of: Tom Hardy in his Warrior role - ripped, toned and bulky.

As you can tell from his front and back shot, it’d be a miracle if Hardy went on eating the junk he did for Bronson for his role as Tommy Conlon in Warrior.  Really, for this role, the only thing he ate was chicken and broccoli. He kept up an extremely boring and consistent diet while preparing for the role, and, most likely, while filming.

According to Hardy:

“It was a carb-depleted diet with 5-6 meals of protein separated throughout the day. A lot of chicken and broccoli and not much else.  Eating in this way ensures your body will not store fat, but it’s extremely tough to keep it up while also following a grueling workout  routine.”

As for his workout routine, he did a lot of MMA workouts including boxing, kickboxing and muay thai.  He also followed an unorthodox workout regimen in addition to his MMA training that allowed him to bulk up fast.  To do this, he followed the direction of his trainer, simply referred to as Pnut.

According to Pnut:

“I call my philosophy ‘signaling.’  Throughout the day you need to send constant signals to your body, so that it adapts in the direction you point it in. It’s better to do 10 press-ups every hour than 100 in a single burst. If you do things often enough, your body adapts for the task you set it, and you evolve.”

Pnut shares Hardy’s Warrior workout here.

The Dark Knight Rises: Finally Getting a Little Help from Makeup and the Costume Department

Image of: Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises - big, bulky, and muscular.

What Hardy did to gain 30 pounds in three months for his role as Bane is mostly based on speculation.  But there’s no denying that in The Dark Knight Rises a little forgiveness for too much or too little weight was afforded by makeup, the costume department, and digital refinements.

If you look at pictures of Hardy on set when the film isn’t rolling, it’s almost like looking at a different person.  Which isn’t to say he doesn’t look like a total badass – he just doesn’t appear to have the same tone and size he does in the movie.

Hardy told MSN in an interview that Bane was a kind of middle ground between Bronson and Tommy Conlon.  He referred to Bronson as fat, Conlon as pure muscle, and indicated that Bane was a hybrid version of the two.

He also told MSN the following about the chicken and broccoli that became like brother and sister to him.

“By the end of ‘Warrior,’ I went onto ‘Inception,’ which was really nice to wear silk pants and a silk shirt and suntan and lie down and sleep a lot. I didn’t have to get beaten up anymore. Now, Chris [director of Inception and The Dark Knight Rises] has asked me to come back and go through the whole thing again of the chicken and broccoli. We’ve been banished to more chicken and broccoli and even more weights.”

Now, it’s pretty obvious that Hardy has the genes – and a lot of drive – that more readily allow him to gain weight and put on serious muscle.  If your body makes it harder for you to do this, or you just need a boost, Black Diamond Supplements recommends LG Sciences best bulking prohormones.  For some aspiring bodybuilders, these are supplements that allow you to add a high spike to plateaus and achieve the gains you want.

As always, if you ever have any questions about prohormones or any other bodybuilding supplements, please leave a message in the comments.

Cheers to chicken, broccoli, and Tom Hardy!

A Simple 6-Part Strategy for Building Muscle … Fast

You want to focus on putting on muscle mass, but do you know the best approach for achieving your fitness goals? While strong may be the new skinny, putting on muscle is easier said than done. Just lift weights regularly, right? Actually, no. There’s much more to increasing muscle mass than just lifting weights frequently. Whether you’re looking to merely bulk up or want to enhance your chest, here are six tips to help you maximize your muscle gain.

1. Spend 3 to 4 days a week doing hard strength training

If there’s one rule of thumb when it comes to any type of physical training, it’s not to overdo it. While you want to increase your muscle mass, your body also needs time to recover. This is especially true if you do other physical activities on a regular basis. In addition, limit your workouts to 45 to 60 minutes.

2. Work out your whole body OR do a split routine

To get the best results, either train your whole body in one workout or concentrate on the upper or lower part of your body in one session and the other half in another. Rotating your workout is actually a wonderful plan, as it allows one part of your body to rest while you test and tone the other.

3. Stretch those muscles

Whatever you do, don’t forget to stretch before and after your workout. Stretching helps get your muscles ready for the strain you will put on them and helps reduce the risk of injury and soreness afterwards.

4. Eat… like a man (though you don’t need to be one)!

You should be consuming five to six mid-sized meals a day to keep your muscles fueled. These meals should include a lot of protein, including eggs, chicken, pork, steak, fish, nuts, cheese, and milk. You should also start drinking protein shakes throughout a workout or afterwards. As with any workout, make sure to keep yourself hydrated with lots of water.

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5. Take muscle supplements

Mass builder supplements are available to help maximize your growth potential. These provide your body with the nutrients necessary to build muscle but, remember, they don’t increase your mass all by themselves — you still have to work for it!

6. Get adequate rest each night

As important as it is to give your body a break from bodybuilding, it is equally important that you get adequate sleep every night. Sleep is good for muscle tissue repair and growth, and increases blood flow to your muscles.

How to Build Muscle without Lifting a Weight

Those looking to jack up their strength usually turn to weight lifting to achieve this goal. But what if you don’t have access to weights or you don’t belong to a gym? Is it still achievable? Although weight training is a common and effective way to build muscle, there are other successful methods for doing so without lifting a weight.

Do workouts that focus on muscle building
There are many exercises and a variety workout equipment available that help build muscle without the use of weights. Basic muscle building exercises include squats, pushups, chest presses, bicep curls, hamstring curls, tricep dips, pull-ups and calf raises. Workout machines such as treadmills and tread climbers have effective resistance options to help you build muscle.

Follow a muscle-building diet
Since you’re looking to gain muscle, change your diet accordingly. The number one nutritional building block for muscle growth is protein, so make sure it is an essential part of your diet. Foods like eggs, lean meats, soy, seafood and nuts should be incorporated into your regular eating habits.

Also, you should up your calorie intake. The energy needed to fuel muscle growth comes from a sufficient intake of calories from carbohydrates and fats. However, you’ll need to be careful not to increase body fat, so look for low fat and fat-free foods. Also, you should eat at least three meals a day with snacks to munch on in between. You may also want to consult a nutritionist or registered dietitian to help you create a personalized diet plan.

Take muscle supplements


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In addition to doing the right exercises and eating the right foods, there are body building supplements available that will help you increase muscle. Although you may be hesitant about these supplements — thinking that they would be taking the easy way out — they are very beneficial to your health. The supplements provide your body with the nutrients necessary to create and repair muscle. There is an array of Advanced Muscle Science supplements available to help you achieve your muscle building goals.

Get adequate rest
The impact of proper rest is often overlooked when it comes to muscle building. Rest is actually vital to muscles, which become stressed when you work them out. Overtraining can do serious damage to your body, so you should wait one to two days before working the same area of your body.

 

 

Alpha Droll 1000: A Proven Strength Inhibitor for Experienced Users. But What the Hell’s In It?

Bodybuilders who use standard prohormones and quickly develop a tolerance to them need a supplement that contains higher doses of active ingredients.  And when they need something stronger, these experienced bodybuilders choose Alpha Droll 1000 by Gentech Pharma Labs, or a similar high intensity prohormone.

While prohormones like Alpha Droll 1000 aren’t for the novice or slightly experienced, they are for weight lifters who have plateaued with other prohormone supplements.

Image of: Alpha Droll 1000 by Genetech Pharma Labs nutrition facts on ingredient label.

As you can see on the ingredient label above, the main ingredient in this supplement is Methyl-1-Etiocholenolol-Epietiocholanolone (Methyl 1-AD).  An excruciatingly long word that attaches itself to an extremely effective product.  (In the video testimonial below, you’ll hear how one bodybuilder upped his bench game by 75 pounds – without spotter – in a month while taking Alpha Droll 1000).

Essentially, Methyl 1-AD is widely considered among the most powerful prohormones on the market today.  Because it’s so powerful, one of the main side-effects is fatigue, but this fatigue can be combatted with liver boosters, vitamins, and other revitalizing supplements.

Due to the intensity of prohormones that contain Methyl 1-AD, cycles have an average span of 3 weeks.

According to the Prohormone Database (PD), “you should start with a lower dose in order to understand how you respond.” As mentioned, cycles are typically 3 weeks, but PD states that advanced users can run 4-week cycles, like the advanced user in the video below.

If you’re interested in gaining more weight, as well as a sufficient amount of strength, you can find the products recommended in the video here: DecaPlexx 850 and TestPlexx 450.

We also want to thank the user in the video for his time and site recommendation (even though he got our name slightly wrong – but it’s all good!)

As always, if you have any questions or insight, feel free to leave a comment below.