Alright I have searched but I was not able to find what I wanted. I have currently been lifting about 3 months now. Im 6ft tall and weigh aprox 167 pounds. I am not sure my BF% due to me not ordering a caliper yet but I would guess it would be in the low teens. Now what I have been wondering is if I continued to eat my maintenance calories for maybe another 9 months would I be able to see significant gains in muscle? More or less is is possible to turn what I currently have into mostly muscle? Some people on here have said before that 160-170 pounds for someone who is 6ft is on the skinny side but honestly I do not look skinny...I look medium I would say. I have been thinking about starting a clean slow bulk but before I did that I just wanted to see what you guys would say about this topic. Or is bulking the only option? Also, when someone says that they want to maintain the their current weight but drop BF% how do they go about doing this....what I mentioned? Thanks.
No, you're not going to get big on maintenance. You can go through body recomposition and lean out if your diet is spot on, but eating above maintenance is what gets you big.
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Yes. But it's pretty dang hard to gain muscle while cutting fat. It can be done, but not at a very quick rate and your genetics come into play here. At your height and weight I'd suggest bulking above maintenance for a while to pack on some muscle and then cut the fat later on to reveal all your hard work.
What are your goals?
Last edited by sCaRz*Of*PaiN; 07-04-2007 at 11:22 PM.
"The only easy day was yesterday."
It looks like his goals are to slowly recompose. Whoshot, are you tracking your diet now?
slow and steady bro....keep your cals low.......just at maint...train hard, eat and rest...pefrecto!
You did whatr? Nevermind,,,not importtn as long as you kow what to do......just dont fall into the 40000k trap...YOU DONT NEED 1.4 THAT MANY!! TRUST ME....I'm gowning, on Hrt, with a fast metabolism and nor cardio at about 1-2lbs a week but who the hell cares, Im getting tronger everything in!!!
Gowning? On HRT?
Getting big on maintenance?
Let me put it like this.
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I say yes, based on my own personal experience of course...but like the other person say, it's gonna take a while...it does, i haven't gained much in 6-7 months, but also haven't got fatter. gotten bigger but not fatter, just takes hell of a long time bro ..
Think about it, if you can bench press 150lbs for 9-10 reps eating maintanence, then can do 300lbs for same, over time, u really think you'll still be the same size? i say if your getting stronger and training like a bodybuilder, you'll get there .
Believe in yourself!
Last edited by Steven.Gaskell; 07-07-2007 at 08:53 AM.
Strength does not necessarily translate to size AT ALL. Strength is Neural adaption more then anything.
So how do i get bigger, by getting weaker? diet is important too, but key is getting bigger, not fatter...which is what i do..just wishing the guy good luck. think positive is the way to do it
it's my belief..when i am training, and getting stronger, and train like a bodybuilder i will get bigger..your using your body, and it's responding ..so it's a priority to build muscle, if my nutrition /calories weren't adaqute i wouldnt keep on getting consistent results and bigger..your not doing something where realatively less muscle mass is required ie. running a marathon.. im not starving, so growth occurs. it works for me anyway, just takes really long..but easy to maintain
Some of this might sound like bull**** and probably is but it works for me....this guy just needs to find what works for him too
Last edited by Steven.Gaskell; 07-07-2007 at 09:14 AM.
And yes, I do think you can stay the same size while increasing strength. Powerlifters do it all the time.
Last edited by Steven.Gaskell; 07-07-2007 at 10:58 AM.
This got me thinking. RIGHT NOW, my maintenance is 2500, but as I get older, doesn't my metabolism as well as my needed maintenance cals go DOWN? Meaning I can actually get bigger by eating maintenance if I keeping eating and wait until I get older?
Neural adaption. Your CNS adjusts to heavy loads. Hence why powerlifters train heavy with low reps on ME days. Also do a lot of lockouts to get used to holding the heavy weight.
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Having consumed maintanance for the past 4 months. I have come to the conclusion that its an efficient way to get no where at all.
Last edited by Stackattack; 07-09-2007 at 07:34 AM.