Guys: I sort of wanted to start a “summary” thread of the great discussion and debate that’s been going on, and to make sure that I (along with many others, I’m sure!)have it clear in our minds:
1)5x5 is a excellent program to utilize during a fat-loss phase because of it’s ability to afford someone both strength gains and LBM gains during such a cycle. Meltdown may give you faster overall fat-loss, but strength and lean body mass gains would be questionable. Some thoughts to throw out:
a)Would this be somewhat analogous to comparing Fat-Fast with Massive Eating "Don’t Diet? (To keep it “simple” in my head, I’ve looked at it that way).
b)What about some thoughts from the “MAX-OT” adherents? In this program, fat loss and muscle and strength gains are part of an overall continuum. In other words, you increase bulk and strength while at the same time slowly decreasing calories for fat loss. (“HITT” type of cardio is also part of the overall scheme).
c)Meltdown is most effective as a tool to bring someone down, in a more rapid fashion, from higher body fat levels? (Have I read the debate correctly?).
Again…certainly, all refer to the “Alessi” thread, but I would like for this do be a sort of “bottom-line” or “summary” thread of the debate. Please put in any additional thoughts you may have.