One of the most talked about topics in and out of the gym. The lean muscle physique versus the mass bulking physique. Which looks better? Which one is easier to achieve? You tell me. Now, I remain completely impartial to which one looks better as both have their own benefits which I will discuss with you. However, its not wrong to say that different people will have different views on this topic, and most will strive for one type of physique over the other.
So lets break down both physiques starting with LMG (lean muscle gains). This type of physique will be a slow process. Ideally eating a progressive amount of Macronutrients throughout the day and training roughly 4-5 times per week. This physique will look the same roughly all year, with low body fat and looking ready for any occasion (mostly the beach). Its the type of physique you will see on the front cover of a magazine and what I believe most people strive to be like. Its a very hard look to achieve as you have to be strict and consistent all year round, the likes of Rob Riches is a great advocate of the Lean Muscle Look.
Then at the other end of the spectrum there is the Mass Bulking physique. This type of physique is different to the LMG physique and is for those that are looking to go for a 'big' look. This will compromise of a diet high in carbohydrates and will also contain extra fat. Training will be less frequent as heavier weights will be used and far less reps being performed. Therefore more recovery is needed in between training days. Mass bulking is a quick way to get big without worrying how much bodyfat you put on.
In my opinion there is no right or wrong physique. Both physiques are equally acceptable in the fitness industry and both are also very hard to achieve. Which look is best for you? You decide...