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Russell Biser 11-06-2006 07:08 PM

Progress as of week 5 and questions
I am on week five of the program (although Mixed in there are two weeks when I had to repeat weeks that I only did half of because of school conflicts) and have gained 5-6 pounds of muscle.

I am a male 22 year old college student, 6'4", 192 lbs, and 12.5% bodyfat (according to my electronic scale, just looking at me I am trim with a little to pinch at the waist). My maxes are: 155 C&J, 185 FS, 115 Standing Press, 40 weighted chin, 115 snatch, 215 BS, and (since I was screwing around earlier with some friends I know this) a 185 bench.

I am trying the low carb by the seat of my pants approach to diet, with one glaring flaw. I rarely get up early enough to eat breakfast before class, so my first meal is 2-3 hours after I get up.

My questions are: Are these results optimal? And if not what can I do to increase my performance? Based on Robb's ratio of 5'9" 185 lb with single digit bodyfat, should I have the same height to weight ratio, and be 205 lbs, or same BMI, and be 225 lbs, for optimal performance? (either weight at about 6-8% bodyfat right?

So sorry for the long rambling post with grammar unfit for a college student.

Scott Kustes 11-07-2006 07:38 AM

Not eating until 2-3 hours after rising shouldn't be an issue (depending on your goals of course). I rarely eat until noon. The key is making sure that you eat the same amount of food. Check the board for discussions on Intermittent Fasting. Or start getting up 20 minutes earlier.

Robb Wolf 11-07-2006 08:40 AM

Hey Russell!

The scale gain looks good for that period of time...how have your strength values increased? That is really where you will drive mass gain is increasing load. Think about what type of engine is necessary for a 3155 clean, 200lb standing press etc.

I think the lean 205-225 range is both reasonable and a good place for you to be to optimize performance. Good numbers to shoot for but chase the performance first and the scale weight will follow. The AM food issue is likely not a big deal. If your progress stalls and you feel like your meals are getting too large certainly consider adding a meal in the AM just to spread things around.

AS to the rambling and unfit grammar...well, Greg Everett has a degree in english and has taught english at the college level. We are still subjected to his drivel, so I guess what I'm saying is, No worries you are among friends!

Keep us posted on your progress.

Russell Biser 11-07-2006 08:47 AM


Between the first test and the test for the strength cycle, all of my maxes went up by about ten pounds. How is 2.5 pounds per week? It would be awesome if that trend would continue for a few years.

Jesse Woody 11-07-2006 09:30 AM


what type of engine is necessary for a 3155 clean
...a HUGE one :cool:

Jeremy Jones 11-07-2006 10:39 AM


You are posting similar numbers to what I started with (6' 4", 190 over two years ago) - 24yrs old. Maybe even a little more body fat.

I started in early July and by the end of September I shot up to 212. My C&J was 185 and everything else had shot up. After that I honed in on my diet and got down to 195 - 200. I like it here, but I wouldn't mind another 10lbs of lean mass. I just have trouble putting it on with my crazy schedule (lack of sleep, too busy, etc).

Keep us posted on your results and if there is any advice to give, I am sure you'll find it here.

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