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    Just to clear up one thing (and I like barbell...

    Just to clear up one thing (and I like barbell cleans and high pulls right along with my KB swings): you absolutely can quantify a 5RM KB swing. Stretch band across the hooks/pins on your squat rack...
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    rj, I have never counted calories for an...

    rj,
    I have never counted calories for an extended period of time. Only occasionally out of curiosity. My caloric intake waves all over the map: anywhere from 2,000-3,500 on rest days and...
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    I really don't know. This has so many variables...

    I really don't know. This has so many variables loaded into it. If you have a smart training plan and push hard constantly, I would guess that 40lbs of bodyweight that is mostly muscle should take 6...
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    All I can say is that what I settled on worked...

    All I can say is that what I settled on worked very well for me. No carbs at breakfast, an enormous amount of food right around lifting (plenty of starch and protein), and sometimes carbs for dinner...
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    I don't believe that you know exactly where these...

    I don't believe that you know exactly where these people fall on the strength-genetics curve. Also, all the good 148 class lifters are very short. This is guy is 5'11". He needs to be ~200lbs to have...
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    I really wasn't trying to be mean – just honest....

    I really wasn't trying to be mean – just honest. Most people are looking for an easy answer, and the truth is the usually the thing missing is hard work. I hope things get better for you....
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    It actually is not good. That is why you started...

    It actually is not good. That is why you started this thread. Again, pilates and yoga are not real exercise. It is probably time to stop lying to yourself about that. This is evidenced by some many...
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    You know, MDs say absurd things all the time....

    You know, MDs say absurd things all the time. Having a degree does not make someone correct, and any medical professional who says something that absurd needs to be ignored. Walking is an excellent...
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    I know. But again, exceptions don't prove rules....

    I know. But again, exceptions don't prove rules. This guy is most likely average (by definition). If he was genetically gifted enough to be naturally strong, he would know it by now. I agree that we...
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    A few things: First, I'm not accusing you of...

    A few things:

    First, I'm not accusing you of anything – just asking questions.

    Second, what was the specific number on the glucose test?

    Third, yoga with weights is not strength training. I...
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    You gained 25 lbs by eating the foods recommended...

    You gained 25 lbs by eating the foods recommended on this site? Over what period of time did that happen, and what were you eating before? Without more specifics, I can't comment on diet.

    As for...
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    I don't think reliable data on this question...

    I don't think reliable data on this question exist, but my guess is that a few months would be enough to see good results, if you are already strong. This is why I said get your DL to a decent place...
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    Yoga, I'll try to help (I am not an M.D.,...

    Yoga,
    I'll try to help (I am not an M.D., but my PhD is in biochemistry). I have to ask first: age, gender, height, weight? Also, what is your recent and current exercise program (if any)?
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    Conditioning is a vague term. When you read Rip's...

    Conditioning is a vague term. When you read Rip's comments about getting "conditioned" in a few weeks, he meant cardiovascular capacity (like running). I'll agree with that. I am talking about the...
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    And I'll agree with this one, up to a certain...

    And I'll agree with this one, up to a certain point. You can't be truly healthy without being strong, but there is a point where strong enough kicks in. Work capacity also matters. Right now my max...
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    He initially said he was after hypertrophy, and...

    He initially said he was after hypertrophy, and did not mention strength. I gave him advice to reach that goal. You are assuming he has any desire to pull 600. Maybe he does, but he didn't say...
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    I would go with starting strength for as long as...

    I would go with starting strength for as long as you can. Be prepared to eat like you mean it. I found that squatting 3 days/week got to be too much very quickly, so be ready to drop to twice a week...
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    This is true. It is also true that progression in...

    This is true. It is also true that progression in strength goes right alongside progression in the ability to recover. However, at the same time that the ability to recover is going up, the amount of...
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    Some people insist there is something special...

    Some people insist there is something special about milk, and other say it is simply an easy source of dense calories. If you can't do the milk, just find something calorically dense and not junk...
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    Rich, Go back and read my post. I said: ...

    Rich,
    Go back and read my post. I said:

    "Starting strength or strong lifts are great, but once you are moderately strong (deadlift ~400), try something with a faster pace."

    A 400lb...
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    Rich, Yes, I mean increasing the density of...

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    Yes, I mean increasing the density of work done in a given time frame. For example, I recently spent a month or so going from super setting squatting (325) and pressing (155) for 5x5 in 15...
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    rj, There is a substantial amount of good...

    rj,
    There is a substantial amount of good evidence to back this up, and I used it myself to go from 180 lbs and ~20% BF to 220 lbs and ~14% BF in a little over a year:

    1. Keep the lifting...
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    This is perfect. Don't underestimate the kind of intensity you need. Resistance training should not consist of 10-15 reps at a light weight, or even moderate weight. It should be heavy enough that...
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    1. Your "evidence" just isn't real data. Did you...

    1. Your "evidence" just isn't real data. Did you control for dietary changes that people may have made during their training?

    2. I would bet that you did a decent amount of anaerobic work going up...
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    Not quite. Carbs really are more likely to be...

    Not quite. Carbs really are more likely to be used for glycogen storage than fat right after a workout because you are more insulin sensitive. Check out Lyle McdDonald's work for a great review of...
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