Hey guys.... I have thought about implementing a routine that consists of 4 weeks of bulking and 2 weeks of cutting, then, either a week of rest, or continue the 4 week bulk, 2 week cut. My goal is to gain 3-4 lbs. during the bulk cycle and lose around 3-4 lbs. during the 2 week cut. This will enable me to lose a little weight while bulking up at the same time. I'll probably use DC's routine along with this program.
Let me know if any of you guys have a routine similar to this setup, or if think it's a good idea in the first place. Thanks!
Thread: 4 Week Bulk, 2 Week Cut Cycles?
05-01-2004, 08:19 PM #1
4 Week Bulk, 2 Week Cut Cycles?Weight: 203 on June 15th
05-01-2004, 09:53 PM #2
Hrm, I dunno. For me there is a 1800 calorie difference between my cutting and bulking diets. Takes me usually several weeks to adjust to the new diet -- jumping back and forth like you are, I can't see how you're giving your body time to adjust to the increase/decrease in caloric intake.
Sounds like a very bad idea to me. If NRW jumps in and approves then you know for sure it's bad news.
05-02-2004, 12:00 AM #3
05-02-2004, 01:25 AM #4
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05-02-2004, 05:16 AM #5
Some renowned member was using a diet cycle like this.... Maybe it was str8flexed? I'm not entirely sure...
My metabolism seems very sensitive to caloric change, so I don't think I'd have to adjust my food intake very much.
Any more input would be appreciated... Thanks!
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05-02-2004, 05:31 AM #6
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05-02-2004, 08:22 AM #7
05-02-2004, 11:55 AM #8
Well, I figure I'll start after I finish the rest of 3x3 up and after a week's rest, so I'll start the program June 1st. However, I might do a Max-OT 4 week cycle and cut for another month after 3x3, so I might start DC in July. I say I'm floating around 185 and by the end of 3x3, I hope to be roughly 180 (June 1st or so).
The whole reason why I want to do such short cycles is to keep my interest perked. I've been cutting since mid-January and so far I've lost 20 lbs., but I'm not to the level of leanness that I would like to be. BUT, constantly cutting and not seeing strength/mass gains sucks after nearly 3.5 months of cutting.
I figure if I gain 4 lbs. of mass on a strict diet during the 4-week bulk, then lose 4 lbs during the strict 2-week cut, I will experience both muscle/strength gain and fat loss, rather than going through againizing cut/bulk cycles. And if I'm doing the math correctly, I should stay around the same weight when I start the program, but my body fat percentage should be lowered, while my lean mass should be higher, after following the program for a significant amount of time.
I also was considering an 8 week bulk, 4 week cut, where I gain 8 lbs, and then lose 8 lbs. But, I think it would be cool to try something radically different than the accepted norms of bodybuilding, such as the 4 week bulk, 2 week cut program, in order to see if it works.
Thanks for your suggestions!
-DaveWeight: 203 on June 15th