Back in 2012 when I first started lifting weights seriously, I was genuinely concerned with getting too big.
I would see all these Olympia level bodybuilders on YouTube and thought to myself:
“I’m going to take it easy, because I don’t want to get too big”
So for the first few months of lifting, I took it fairly easy so I didn’t end up like a jacked and tan balloon man.
Fortunately, I played my cards right and well…
I ended up being a 6 foot tall 165lbs skinny stick figure of a man with a tiny bit of extra muscle.
By this point my mindset had changed and I decided to kick it up a notch, eat more food, train considerably harder, and build a lot more muscle.
This was around the time I started my YouTube channel, and documented most of the process.
I did everything I could to make it happen.
By the end of 2013, I was well on my way to being 200lbs and was so much stronger.
Once I finally gained those 35lbs, I decided it was time to diet down and see how much muscle I built.
About 6 months later, I cut down to about 180lbs and was immediately disappointed.
I gained a bit of arm size and everything else looked the same.
(At the time, I didn’t factor in that I was 15lbs heavier)
So over the course of the next 8 months I bulked up again and cut down again.
Same result, but maybe a bit more muscle.
Fast forward 3 more years which brings me to today.
I’ve gained considerable strength and muscle mass after 5 years of consistent training, yet I’m still not a jacked and tan balloon man.
Here’s the truth:
The vast majority of humans don’t have the genetics and hormonal profile to support being at the level of amateur natural bodybuilders, let alone top level professionals.
An even weirder truth is that even taking anabolic steroids won’t get most people “too big”, but that’s another story for another website.
(not my field of interest)
So if you’re doing normal training while getting and staying lean, getting too big is never going to be an issue for you.
And if you want to learn more about getting and staying lean without living in the gym or giving up your favorite foods, then go here: