[quote]Professor X wrote:
Gains in bodyweight don’t always correlate to bigger muscles because even adding solely fat can lead to bigger lifts. Some people believe because they gained strength in a particular lift, there must be a gain in muscle size. In some cases this is so, but in the case of increased leverage and cushioning or decreased bar distance, it’s not. You can pretty much eat your way to a bigger bench. [/quote]
My opinions on bodyweight/strength & muscle gains…
It is true that extra strength does not equal muscle, but with extra strength, you CAN BUILD extra muscle…
The truth is, MOST of the big guys in the gym, are also the strongest. Somebody responded to my previous post, and I got some support from people, but 3/4/5 plates on the bench, squat, and deadlift is not that common in my honest opinion.
For some people, strength comes very easily. For others, they struggle to gain an ounce of strength. For me, I believe most of my strength gains were due to the large amounts of food I ate.
Stu as an example, said he was able to build strength very easily, although his physique did not reflect this. I believe that with strength, you have a lot more techniques at your disposal, which would not be available without the strength.
For example, if you can only bench press 225 as your 1st exercise, and 80lb dbs as your 2nd exercise, and decide to start your workout by pre-fatiguing with flyes, you might now only be able to lift 185, on the bench, and only 65’s on the db’s.
See how that varies between being able to do say 275-315 as your 1st exercise, 115’s as your 2nd? Your now able to pre-fatigue, and still bang out heavy weights, which in my opinion, WILL lead to bigger muscles, if the nutrition is there.
If you take the same person, and feed him the exact same nutrients provided they are adequate for building muscle, the more weight/volume that person is able to handle and recover from, the bigger that person will get.
So yes, strength does lead to muscle. [/quote]
This is what this topic is about.[/quote]
No, the topic was about advice to a newb with no progress yet. Advice which you’ve admitted can’t be given without progress.