As for the OP I never wanted to be Conan. I always competed (from 1st grade) as a wrestler. As such I was always far more interest in being very strong and remaining the same weight.... so my hero's were guys like John Smith the master of the low leg single. Oh, we would hit the weight room just as hard as any roided out freak, but we wouldn't slam milk shakes and bananas afterward. It was 100% strength training and recomp. I got introduced to a program of doing 3 sets of 6 at a young age by an article in USA Wrestling magazine..... at the 125lb weight class I ended my senior year 33-1 in much part due to all the work in the weight room.... able to bench twice my weight and my pull work was sick... I'd even learned to do some leg work by then ....still didn't know how to deadlift at that point unfortunately. Guess my point is that size isn't always the goal for the weight room. I have weighed up to 175lbs and well muscled, but I felt bloated and slow. At 160 I feel more able to control my own body and move with better speed and agility. But, yeah I've spent most my life at under 150lbs so that could just be my comfort zone rather than reality.
Last edited by Neckhammer; 10-29-2013 at 05:20 PM.
3 years "low carb" Primal.
Dietary hierarchy is: Fatty and gelatinous meat/eggs/seafood/offal > raw and fermented dairy > nuts and seeds > fruit > starch > veggies > everything else.
Backyard permaculture, gardening, and fermentation as healthy hobbies. Lift heavy stuff and move a lot.