Americans bulk up by 1-2 pounds per year every year after early adulthood. And they don’t get stronger. They get weaker. They don’t lift. They don’t eat protein. They aren’t active. So let’s stop with the bullshit already. If you don’t lift, YOU are bulking.
Among the 0.00001% of incredibly dedicated strength athletes who gain substantial muscular size after early adulthood, they achieve this through volume of training and eating which normies never could do even if their lives depended on it. When the average person talks about not wanting to gain “that much muscle”, I say, “don’t worry; you’ll never have what it takes.”
The only people "accidentally" bulking up are doing so because they eat like idiots.
Getting strong DOES NOT bulk. The relative strength of larger athletes is less than that of smaller athletes, always. Take the top 10 elite lifters on earth and put them on a 5.15 climbing wall. Weak. No capacity whatsoever. To this day, I’ve not seen another man on earth match my feat of performing a zero-momentum muscle-up at over 245lbs of body weight. Why? Because bulk is weakness in a greater number of domains of athletic function than the number in which it improves capacity.
It is literal nonsense when someone conflates strength improvement with rapid gains in size. Did the 103lb girl who deadlifts 350lbs fail to get strong? Did she fail to lift heavy enough? Why do I daily encounter females under 130lbs of bodyweight who routinely lift 200 to 400lbs on structural lifts? Why do all of the thousands of strong people I've known over the twenty years of my professional coaching career never get bulky? Why do the 185lb Olympic weightlifters who train tens of thousands of hours with hundreds and hundreds of pounds for millions of repetitions stay EXACTLY THE SAME BODYWEIGHT FOR DECADES? And then, after you've answered that, please explain why all of the average weak ass Americans who never gain a single ounce of strength keep gaining 1-2 pounds of bulk each year after early adulthood?
NOT LIFTING makes you bulky.