Increase Strength but not Muscle Mass

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  1. GSPFAN101

    GSPFAN101 Orange Belt

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    Hey I was wondering how would I increase my strength and power but not increase my weight.
    I am 5'9" and 205, yet I only bench press 175 pounds. I was wondering if there is any way I do not gain any muscle mass yet increase my strength??
     
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    Something tells me (probably giving your bench PR as a strength benchmark) you need to read the FAQ. Other than that, yes, it's perfectly possible - if you have any body fat to spare, there's your edge. If not, just lift - it takes an awful lot of calories, so if you don't want it, it won't make you heavier. Many people here, including me, have made strength progress without noticeably changing their BW.
     
  3. ghostwipe

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    You want to get toned, as opposed to bulked, right?
     
  5. daemonarch

    daemonarch blow for blow

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    I think he was speaking about geting STRONGER (without gaining weight)....you are off the mark, talking body building again
     
  6. vince89

    vince89 Banned Banned

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    5'9" 205 I understand you probably dont want to put on too much more weight. What is your body fat % like? If you eat very clean and just enough to fuel your workouts and lifestyle you should be able to maintain your weight while getting stronger and leaner.
     
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    OK Mr. Kettlebell you explain how to get stronger without gaining muscle mass- I was clowning with him- cannot wait to read this...
     
  8. daemonarch

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    not much to explain - I dont think you can get significaly stronger without puting on muscle mass. I understand his question in that its pretty weak not to even be able to bench his own weight, still i doubt he asks about some guidance to real strenght improvement...in which case he shouldnt care about puting on muscle weight

    oh so you were ironic?? OK, I will buy it...(this time..heh)
     
  9. takeahnase

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    Read the FAQ. And somebody strangle daemonarch.
     
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    Well, he sounds noobish, in which case he could get stronger without much weight gain by training his cns to be more efficient.
     
  11. daemonarch

    daemonarch blow for blow

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    what now ??
     
  12. takeahnase

    takeahnase watching the swarm

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    Nothing you said, I just don't like French people.
     
  13. daemonarch

    daemonarch blow for blow

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    well, im not French...so are we friends again??:icon_chee
    (that "location" is a name of the ...bla, bla,bla...long story...maybe I will change it if that would make me more pop here, haha)
    **greetings from Stockholm, Sweden**
     
  14. FitFiend

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    You're going to increase muscle mass. Doesn't mean you necessarily have to bulk up too much, as long as you do a lot of cardio and don't eat like a bodybuilder. It's not that hard.

    www.FitFiend.com
     
  15. dexbot

    dexbot chest press = sexiness

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    racist, ban.
     
  16. hunto

    hunto Brown Belt

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    Quoted for significance.
     
  17. takeahnase

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    You have bad English for a Swede :icon_conf
     
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    Ha, he's more Aryan than you, Take! Pwnd.
     
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    Actually, now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure he said he was Greek earlier.
     
  20. Oblivian

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    At 5'9" and 205 lbs, I'm assuming you probably have a little bit of fat to lose unless you have quite a bit of muscle. You could probably clean up your diet quite a bit (D + S FAQ) while working on strength program (S + P FAQ). My guess is that you may see weight gains at first but eating clean will put your weight back down.
     

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