So I have started a challenge with two other guys at work, with entirely different body types, diets, and workout routines, in an effort to motivate the 3 of us to stay on track with our workouts, and also get an idea of who's philosophies on nutrition and exercise prove to be the most effective. It has now turned into a monetary bet, and alot of smack talk. Also I know it says fitness challenge but it was tough getting all of the guys to agree on all of the categories, so unfortunately there is no endurance/cardio based challenge. The challenge is broken down into two parts Strength and Physique. For Physique we took before pictures and most of the scoring will be based on overall personal improvement at the end of 12 weeks. But some points will be awarded in head to head physique comparisons as well. Strength will be scored on our big 3 totals (2 rep max out), but some points will be awarded for the highest single lifts as well. Originally we were going to do weight calasses and go by a wilks score but they were being whiny about other parts of the contenst so I suggested we just do straight up strength, even though they both have alot of weight on me. I am small and very lean 6' 145 lbs currently, but I am confident in my work ethic and strength gains. So...my two questions I guess are, how much weight reasonably do you think I can gain in 12 weeks. I was originally thinking 10-12 solid pounds, but if there's a possibility of 2 lbs/week I would like to be my goal. I have been 155 lbs before and I was strong at that weight, but I feel like I need to be over 160 to put up the strength numbers that I want to acheive in just 12 weeks. I'm looking for my DL to be between 300-400 lbs, a 250 lb squat, and 200lb bench. Are these realistic goals? I'm continuing starting strength with some of my own adjustments, and I do a bit of grappling/MT/Swimming on my off days. Im trying to eat 3500 calories a day with 200 grams protein and 300-400 carbs. Right now I'm hitting that number on carbs but only about 150-160 protein and 2700 calories. Help is appreciated guys. Thanks!