Cardio when I'm trying to bulk?

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  1. style-rip

    style-rip Lakers>Clippers

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    I'm 6 foot, 170 lbs... 26 yrs old.

    Within the past month and a half, I actually gained 13 lbs (used to be 157). My goal is to be at 185-190. I'm eating a lot more, and focusing on quality meals every 3-4 hrs + weight gainer, protein shakes, creatine.

    My question is, while I'm trying to bulk up, should I still be doing cardio? I have a fast metabolism which makes me extremely difficult to gain weight if I'm not on top of it at all times.

    I play basketball once a week or so, but how much cardio if any should I be doing at the gym? I dont want to get love handles.
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  2. zyclon B gas

    zyclon B gas sososerious

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    you should always stick with at least some cardio. I'd suggest doing about 20-30 minutes twice a week. it'll keep the belly flab off, but won't lean you out. you say your metabolism is fast, well one way to bulk up easier is to super-load starchy carbs, and eat 6-8 times a day. increase your caloric intake about 500 calories. don't neglect protein, but you want to have a more carb-heavy diet.
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  3. The Steve

    The Steve Space monkey I am not

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    If you want to put up to 20lbs of quality mass on you're going to gain some fat in the process, it's a fact of life. Unless of course you want to take a long, slow road in which only "lean mass" is accumulated, in which case enjoy putting on those 20lbs in the next 5 years.

    It's coming into winter, so bulk up. Heavy carb, heavy protein, moderate fat.

    I'd increase your caloric intake by 250 calories a week, which i'm guessing you're not even counting calories or macro breakdown. You could pyramid up to anywhere from 3,500 to 4,500 calories and then bring it back down.

    Ex.

    Week 1- 2,500
    2- 2,750
    3- 3,000
    so on and so forth until you hit the high calorie and stay there for a month or so and then start bringing it down again.

    Who gives a shit about some love handles? Do you wanna be bigger or not?
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  4. Ralph Pootawn

    Ralph Pootawn New Member

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    You can put on weight and still do cardio, it's more about preserving muscle and limiting test - estrogen conversion.
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  5. TheNewGuy

    TheNewGuy New Member

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    You'll just have to eat more to compensate. It's good for your heart, but if you're exercising with intensity, that should be more than enough. I haven't done cardio in 6 months. I will include it when it's time to shed some weight.
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