Whoa! Do you have a license for open carry with those guns?! On this edition of Fitness Interview, I thought it was appropriate to Interview Eli and get some tips for bulking this season without putting on too much body fat.
Mikey: When did you become a personal trainer?
Eli: I've have been certified since 2009.
M: What institution is your certification with?
E: I have a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Arizona State University and my personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine aka NASM.
M: Can you explain what exactly kinesiology is?
E: It is basically the study of human movement and the mechanics of the body and how it moves. With that bachelors I studied exercise science, sports medicine, and applied movement sciences.
M: Do you have any specialty certifications?
E: Yes I sure do. I have Corrective Exercise and Weight Loss Specialist. I am also a Master trainer.
M: At what age did you start lifting?
E: 16 years old.
M: What made you want to bulk up to your current physique?
E: When I started working out, my goal was to be fit. Then I started watching bodybuilders like Kai Greene, and I was fascinated by the looks and the hard work, so I changed my fitness goals and started bulking.
M: I've known you for quite some time now so I assume that you are still on team natural?
E: Yes, many bodybuilders and competitors do use steroids and enhancements but I believe in natural building such as the legendary Reg Park and also Stuart McRobert who wrote the Brawn books.
M: What exactly is bulking?
E: A bodybuilder during bulking is going to be eating more calories than he needs. It basically provides your muscles with a strong stimulus to grow. During this time however you will undergo intense training so all of the excess calories you consume, especially protein, will aid to muscle gains. Bulking works, if it is done right. During times of overeating, the body will grow in mass. When bulking begins, fat storage won't start immediately. It's not something that starts immediately as you stuff your face. Simply put, when you over-eat, it takes a while for the body to transition to fat storage mode.
M: Since bulking season is upon us but I am aware that many go about doing it wrong. An advice you can offer?
E: It works best in two week spurts. You're also going to want to determine your calorie intake.
"Log everything that you eat, and find the calorie level that keeps your weight the same for a 2 week period.Once you know this number, bulking comes next. Then you will eat at least an additional 1,000 calories per day on a bulk. Remember, it takes time for the body to transition over to fat storage mode, so eating more then 1,000 calories over maintenance level isn't a bad thing at all. I would recommend eating more than this the first week of a bulk, and cutting back to surplus of 1,000 during the second week.
Following the first 2 weeks of the bulk, immediately cut back your calories to 500 below maintenance - and keep them there for the next 2 week period."