For years, bodybuilding was a cyclical act with aspiring Mr. Olympias and gym rats alike going back and forth between mass phases and leaning-out phases because we all thought we couldn’t grow lean muscle and drop body fat simultaneously.
The result was off-season gorging that left many bodybuilders looking more like circa-1995 Oprah than circa-1975 Arnold Schwarzenegger heading into a contest. Unfortunately, this approach led to drastic dieting before hitting the stage, leading many competitors to miss their peak by coming in too heavy and flabby or too light and depleted. Today’s smarter bodybuilders know they can stay fairly lean year-round and still add muscle. With a lot of science and little trial and error, the fitness world has found more efficient ways to look your Sandow best.
You can choose from among several approaches to stay lean and large in any season. A diet lower in carbs and high in protein is one reliable method for staying trim, but stacking the right supplements can also help fill out your muscle bellies and bring out your six-pack. Combining nitric oxide (NO)-boosters with fat-burners provides all the muscle-building effects of NO supplements with fat-melting effects. And if the muscle-pumping effects of NO weren’t enough, research now shows that it plays a critical role in fat-burning. So it’s time to contemporize. Getting big and lean can now be a 365-days-a-year endeavor.