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What is referred to as the "Off-Season" by bodybuilders is the time of the season when there are no bodybuilding shows. This period typically runs from the end of November to the beginning of March. The Off-Season is used to build muscle mass, fix weaknesses and attain a higher level of development to be later displayed at a bodybuilding show. Now, if you are a non-competitive bodybuilder, your off-season is the designated time when you decide to gain new muscle mass that is to be displayed later on during Spring or Summer at the beach, family reunion or wedding. In my opinion, a better name for the "Off-Season" should be "Mass Building Season", as off-season seems to imply lack of activity, something that cannot be farther from the truth.

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when bulking up in the off-season is gaining too much bodyweight. I've seen people add 40-50 lbs of pure bodyweight; pounds which later have to be shed in order to display any muscularity (muscle detail). My philosophy for off-season bodybuilding has always been "quality over quantity". There are many other mistakes that I see people make in the off-season and my friend IFBB Figure Pro Pauline Nordin has done a fantastic job at summing these up in her article "Stay Lean in the Off-Season; Pauline Nordin's Bodybuilding Advice For The Off-Season". By following the advice on this article, you will get better results from your off-season efforts and you will have a much easier time dieting when you decide to get real lean, as you won't have that much weight to lose.


February 16, 2010 at 10:54 pm
(1) udee_massmuscle says:

good post, thank you for the information.

July 6, 2010 at 11:03 am
(2) macd_ryan says:

Good article! Thanks.

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