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    Is lifting super heavy guaranteed to make you huge??

    So I want to start powerlifting but want a reassurance that it will be worth the effort. Does lifting super heavy guarantee a massive powerful build? As long as I eat enough to match the workouts?
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    I started power lifting a year ago, and it's definitely helped me smack on alot of muscle and mass. I wouldn't say you have to go "super heavy". But just doing the big 3 (Bench, Deadlift, and Squat), you should see significant improvement in your physique!
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    Compared to if you chose bodybuilding, powerlifting may or may not produce the same degree of muscle growth. It depends on the underlying philosophy you take, (Russian high frequency very low volume vs more Western methods), as well as your exercise selection, attitude to accessory movements and volume requirements. Assuming you continue to train your physique in a somewhat balanced manner, you will end up in just about the same place.


    This is all assuming you were doing actual smart bodybuilding training. Plenty of guys in the real world who went from, 'bodybuilding' training with little rhyme or reason to powerlifting training involving intelligent manipulation of volume and intensity and producing decent strength gains rather than stagnating for the exercise you do 4 sets of 10 on for the 12th time in a row, would and do build more muscle faster than on their periodisation-lacking 'bodybuilding' routine.
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    It's smacked 40 pounds of muscle in two years on me
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    eating a lot of food and progressive overload is guaranteed to make you huge.
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    Originally Posted by Ribeyerare View Post
    It's smacked 40 pounds of muscle in two years on me
    That's called puberty.
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    Originally Posted by BombDonald View Post
    That's called puberty.
    Then I'm going into a three year growth spurt? Wow that's interesting ive never heard of a spurt lasting that long
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    To get strong at powerlifting doesnt guarantee you'll be huge, but it will if you eat enough to support hypertrophy. Look at Maxx Chewning to see a guy who's pretty strong, but he looks pretty small. He specifically is very careful about how much he eats to stay very lean.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-K8OEd2w0o

    Despite looking tiny, has a very solid build anyway. I'd just rather look like a powerlifter (Maxx Chewning, Chris Duffin, Bart Kwan, Brandon Campbell, Bryce Lewis, etc) than a bodybuilder. But I think at the end of the day the biggest difference is the insane bodyfat levels bodybuilders go to combined with all the work they do to individual muscles to make random individual things pop, which I think is generally somewhat unnatural looking in comparison to the more athletic look of powerlifters.
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    It depends on what your definition of "heavy" and "huge" is.

    But long story short, I've never seen a person lift "heavy" and not be "huge". Some just may be chubbier and harder to see the muscle if you don't have the eye for it.
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    Originally Posted by Ribeyerare View Post
    Then I'm going into a three year growth spurt? Wow that's interesting ive never heard of a spurt lasting that long

    He's right though. You're in one of the best muscle building phases of your life and your body is changing rapidly
    I'm super serial
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    Originally Posted by caublet View Post
    He's right though. You're in one of the best muscle building phases of your life and your body is changing rapidly
    I fully understand that but it's evident that it's not growth spurts that caused my weight gains. the muscles I don't work like calves and biceps are really small. I think it's more of a hormone thing.
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    Lifting heavy to a point where your muscles tear + Eating at a caloric surplus so that you're body can be in an anabolic state and repair and grow those muscles is what will make you huge. Strength does not always correlate directly to muscle size, but unless you're purposely trying to keep your weight down, if you are strong and eat enough, you will most likely get bigger
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    Originally Posted by Ribeyerare View Post
    I fully understand that but it's evident that it's not growth spurts that caused my weight gains. the muscles I don't work like calves and biceps are really small. I think it's more of a hormone thing.


    Oh interesting...so it's hormones and not your growth spurt? Any idea what causes growth spurts, son?
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    no. volume is the main driver of muscle growth, so yes you need to lift heavy to practice getting stronger at lifting heavy weight. but you will also need to lighter weights for more reps(which will feel heavy after some reps dont worry) to accumulate enough volume and thus stress to drive adaptation. strength and mass go hand in hand.
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    Originally Posted by caublet View Post
    Oh interesting...so it's hormones and not your growth spurt? Any idea what causes growth spurts, son?
    Are you a dumbass? I am referring to the high levels of testosterone and other **** allow for greater muscle growth compared to say a 40 year man. You can look at my family and see it's not genetics that I naturally grew to my current. My grandfather is 130 pounds and my mother is 115.
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    No, see max chewning

    Eating a caloric surplus while progressively overloading is more important for gaining mass rather than just lifting heavy. There are plenty of very skinny guys who are very strong.
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    Originally Posted by Ribeyerare View Post
    Are you a dumbass? I am referring to the high levels of testosterone and other **** allow for greater muscle growth compared to say a 40 year man. You can look at my family and see it's not genetics that I naturally grew to my current. My grandfather is 130 pounds and my mother is 115.
    Yes. That's called puberty, you moron.
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