Originally Posted by GraphicNovelty
the thing is, all of this is a learning process. I slow bulked but wished i bulked a bit faster because it took me a long time to reach a point that i liked. I also didn't have my nutrition and training dialed in.
Coldsnap is an advocate of getting fat, but he's more interested in getting strong.
TK might have some insight as well.
I guess like, relish every step in the process. But if you add a steady 1-1.5 lb a week that's a good 30-40 lbs by early next year. Cut 15 of those and you'll probably be in a real good place.
Bodybuilding in general is a process of taking X steps forward and X steps back. If you "lean bulk", you're taking 1.5 steps forward and when you cut going 1 step backwards. This is fine if you're already swole as fuk, but if you don't have much mass on you it's going to result in a long drawn out process. Go a bit harder in your bulk and you can take 2-3 steps forward and when you cut go one step backwards. It's seriously MUCH easier to cut a little extra fat than it is to gain more muscle. A proper bulk is gonna take around 16-20 weeks, while a proper cut can be done in 8-12.
For some insight last year I bulked up 50 pounds and cut 35 for a net gain of 15 pounds of LBM.