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Old 10-22-2008, 11:37 AM   #21
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Check out Performance Menu issue #44. Greg Everett's article "Training for the CrossFit Games" might give you some ideas. Have fun.
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Old 10-31-2008, 03:40 PM   #22
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Hey everyone, thanks again for the help. I've been doing SS for the last week or so and have already gained 10 pounds and I feel strong as an ox =]

How much of that do you think is muscle? Or rather how much muscle could you possibly gain in a short period like that? I'm sure that a good amount of the weight is fat and water but I'm actually noticeably bigger around my shoulder area and legs.


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Old 11-01-2008, 08:00 AM   #23
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I'd guess that maybe 2-3 pounds are solid muscle gain (in a week). Maybe 5 at the most. As for the rest, who knows.

Could be:
Fat gain
Water retention
Reduction in bowel movements (I hope you understand that one...)
Rebound weight gain because you were semi-starving yourself previously
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Old 11-01-2008, 03:43 PM   #24
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I thought it wasn't physiologically possible to gain more than 3-4lbs of muscle a month?
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Old 11-01-2008, 04:25 PM   #25
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I thought it wasn't physiologically possible to gain more than 3-4lbs of muscle a month?

Depends on genetics, current bodyweight, stimulus on the muscles, hormones, etc.

Those who have "good" genetics (maybe less myostatin for example), very light 6'0" 120 lbs, are squatting and DLing extremely heavy and having a high T/GH output, etc. are going to have a very strong adaptation to lifting heavy weights.
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Old 11-02-2008, 11:41 AM   #26
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Of course that whole diminishing returns thing is also at play with the assumption/assertion by some who say 3-4 lbs./month is the maximum amount of muscle that can be gained.

Like Steven said, a grossly untrained or undertrained athlete who doesn't eat enough will pack it on at an astounding rate... especially a 16 year old one. Somone who's plugged away for years, has a diverse training background etc. will fight for every inch, pound and rep.
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