Experiments In Bulking

As cold weather closes in, I have shifted my fitness focus from summer abs to winter hibernation.  Nothing like a warm layer of fat to protect you from the whipping winds and chilling cold of January in New York.

sleeping polar bear

Warren's winter goal?

OK, I’m kidding.  I have no intentions of hibernating this winter, or even getting fat.  I do want to pack on some pounds though – pounds of muscle – while I don’t have to worry quite so much about having beach-ready abs.  I’ve written on this subject before, but sometimes “eat more” is easier said than done, as I am reminded every time I try to put down a ton of calories.

In the spirit of that problem, I present two recipes for quick and dirty bulking items (that aren’t really that dirty).

Mega Shake

For a massive influx of calories in easily sipped form.  This is the easiest way I’ve found to pack a ton of calories in without really noticing.

Ingredients

  • Whole Milk – 12 oz
  • Heavy Cream – 4 oz
  • Biotest Grow Whey Protein – 2 scoops

Instructions

Shake up protein in whole milk, then add the heavy cream and shake again.  I find that the protein mixes better if you add the cream last.  Biotest Metabolic drive tastes even better in this (decadent even), but costs more.

Calories

865 – BOOM.

Baggies Of Bulk

These aren’t quite as efficient as shakes at injecting calories without filling you up, but they’re still pretty good.  It’s basically dense trail mix…

Ingredients

  • Cocktail Peanuts – 3/8 cup
  • Golden Raisins – 1/4 cup
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – 1/2 Tablespoon

Instructions

Mix in a baggie…  Mix up 7 at a time and eat one a day for a week.  Play with the ingredient ratios if you want, but that mix works best for me.

baggies of bulk

A weeks worth of baggies

Calories

485ish

Happy Bulking

Obviously, these items aren’t for everyone.  If you don’t respond well to carbs or gain fat easily, you have no need for such devices to gain muscle.  BUT, If you need that little (or large) extra calorie kick to get your muscles growing, I hope these ideas are helpful.  I’m sure I will be coming up with more as the season goes on.  If you have other good ones, leave them in the comments.