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What's up, strong dude? I'm trying to build strength and muscle mass. How can I do both at the same time?
Mark: In a word, powerlifting. Make that two words: Power Lifting.
(And if I my editor changes that phrase to lower-case, just because it's "correct," I'm going head straight to Idaho and knock his ass around the office for a while.)
Many legendary bodybuilders used powerlifting and or powerlifting movements to build championship physiques. Arnold did tons of bench presses and squats. Franco Columbu did heavy deadlifts, and no one packed more muscle mass onto such a small frame.
Today, you have Johnnie Jackson, Ben White, and Super Training's own Stan "Rhino" Efferding. Rhino is a ball of muscle, head to toe; he looks like he's wearing football pads under his T-shirt, he's so jacked. The dude has muscles in his feet, head, even coming out of his ears.
Is that even possible? Take a good look at Rhino and you'll see what I'm talking about. Stan is the ultimate mix of size and strength--a pro bodybuilder who just happens to be the strongest raw 275-pound lifter to ever stomp across the face of Planet Earth.
When Stan came to ST, I weighed 330 pounds. He helped me drop down to 285. I dropped a weight class--and became stronger. My best total at 308 is 2,508, and my best total at 275 is 2,601. What I dropped was body fat, and people think I look bigger now. This was all done with a good old-fashioned bodybuilding diet (just with a little more fat) and powerlifting.
Here's how you too can become not only stronger but also bigger:
Once you've employed those mass-and-strength strategies, there are there a few more simple things to consider, Cupcake:
What the hell did this kid eat? Well, he invested in some protein powder, but after that, he didn't have much loot, being a college kid. Jordan ate a lot around his training. He was often seen eating a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich or a Snickers bar before he was finished with his workout. Jordan ate a lot of protein and complex carbs.
However, I do think he also pounded down some McDonalds here and there, because as powerlifters, gaining some body fat isn't a huge deal. Basically, if you want to be huge, jacked, and strong then you need to not only lift big--you need to eat big.
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