We all know the perma-bulkers (or Permanent Bulkers) – the men in the gym who are on a perpetual bulking cycle. They are always trying to put on weight at all costs. You’ve never seen a sliver of muscularity on them. Yet they walk around, feeling big as a house, talking about their bodybuilding lifestyle.
But they are not bodybuilders. They are perma-bulkers.
Bodybuilders train to add muscle, while maintaining a lean enough body fat percentage to allow others to actually SEE this muscle. Bodybuilders eat for muscle, and train for muscle. But they also train and diet so that they can SEE this muscle. Bodybuilders look like they’re a work of art, carved from granite and a human sculpture for all to admire. Perma-bulkers are the opposite; they are sweaty, heaving masses of humans, pounding out the weights and throwing back the cheeseburgers. They do no cardio, and they curb no calories. They are animals, without a doubt; But different animals from bodybuilders.
Health? Fuggetabout it. Perma-bulkers are walking heart attacks waiting to happen. They often have high blood pressure, poor cholesterol readings, and a belly full of very unhealthy things. You don’t see many old perma-bulkers.
Why perma-bulk? It’s easy. You don’t have to watch what you eat. You can train heavy. You get to avoid cardio. You can walk around “as big as a house” and you do feel intimidating. If you choose to live your life as such, that is okay. But you just never claim to be a bodybuilder. Real bodybuilders have little respect for perma-bulkers, as they are seen as undisciplined beasts.
Don’t be a perma-bulker. If you see a perma-bulker, warn him. Let him know that the rest of us are not silent because we’re in awe of his mass and power. It’s likely that we don’t want to be seen talking to him. If you see him at the buffet or cafeteria, gently steer him to the salad bar, or to some lean meats. Perma-bulkers don’t need that fourth croissant, and they don’t need the third hot fudge sundae. If you see him in the gym, steer him away from the dead lift cage to the Stairmaster once in a while. For while it may feel good to be BIG, it doesn’t look good to the rest of the world. And, as bodybuilding is by definition a visual sport, it’s time that perma-bulkers comply.