Since I’ve been training for a few months with Olympic lifters I’ve been hearing things such as “if you gained 30-40 lbs you’d be a real beast,” “you need to eat more dairy and gain more body fat to get stronger”, etc. I don’t understand why I’d need to increase body fat significantly to get higher numbers on my lifts. Back in high school I remember some skinny guys who were very powerful/strong, 165 lbs guys power cleaning 265, 175 lbs squatting 500, etc.
Myself, using a caliper on my obliques it reads at 7-8% body fat, but considering the results I had from a DEXA machine last year, it’s probably really around 9-10% at the most.
As far as weight fluctuations, this summer I was 207 lbs. I have lost about 15 lbs since then, have been eating a TON of healthy food ($600 minimum a month on groceries), and yet I still continue to get stronger and lose body fat. I’m not complaining, and personally I think the ability of the CNS to handle loads is more important than weight. Any thoughts?