Hello I'm a 5'11" 85 kilogram guy who has maybe in
the 12-16% body fat range. I'm trying to
some mass, then reduce body fat.
First of all, thank you for such an amazing, informative
website! I have lots of questions though, sorry for taking up your time. I am
currently trying to build mass.
I know that maximizing weight training volume is
essential, but if I am resting for a minute (at most) between sets, then I am
unable to lift nearly as much weight, and my volume goes down as compared to
waiting 3-4 minutes between sets.
Why shouldn't I rest so long between sets? (Actually, in
my case, I do a small circuit, so I'm training other muscles while the first
ones are resting, but it still takes around 3-5 minutes to do a full circuit).
Another question I have is this: Why does doing a smaller number of reps
increase strength, while doing a higher number of reps can increase bulk, help
with weight loss, etc?
If I am upping the weights each week to just meet my
target, why wouldn't my gains in strength be equal, regardless of the amount of
reps I'm aiming for?
Lastly, in one of your responses to another person's emai, you showed why
trainers don't pay much attention to scale weight, and you showed a client who
gained muscle and lost fat over a 4 month period.
I thought I also read that gaining muscle and losing
weight didn't normally occur at the same time, you work on one, then you work on
the other. How was this client so lucky?
I think that's about it. Thanks for taking the time to look at my questions, and
thanks for creating such an informative site.