No one responded to one of the inquiries I made on my last thread, which had to do with Rippetoe saying that beginners should gain 40 lbs. of bodyweight in fourth months, and that 60% of that should be LBM. Most bodybuilders would say that gaining over 20 lbs. of muscle within that time frame (without the use of drugs) is impossible.
So I don’t get why Rippetoe strongly recommends beginners to put on such an exorbitant amount of weight after 3 to 4 months. Even his recommendation to put on 50 to 60 lbs. of weight in a year still seems crazy. [/quote]
It isn’t that crazy but it also depends where you are starting. When I started I went from a skinny fat 140 to 185 with abs in around 6-7 months. That was with me making my own program(I had no fucking clue what I was doing) and just meat, potatoes, a lot of eggs etc. I had never touched a weight in my life before that.
Just do yourself a favor and don’t go from eating like a bird to eating like a 220 pounder overnight. Work hard, eat mostly good foods, and if lifts aren’t going up eat a little more the next week.
Also don’t focus on “ok I have to gain 40 lbs”. It is a huge generalization. Just get stronger and look better as you progress. Where you land is where you land.