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When it comes down to it building muscle is building muscle. If you want to get on stage and be a BBer (just leave out genetics), you need a lot of muscle and you use diet to get you in condition. Most people involved in BBing are concerned with adding muscle and getting bigger, granted people want symmetry too but aside from some occasional isolation work to improve some weak points this is largely genetic and they are more concerned with adding muscle than tweaking some proportionality (at least what is actually fixable like not adding a peak to your bicepts).
It primarily about the foundation, plenty of people on this board can get pretty lean but what stops them from competing at a given level most times is just the amount of muscle. This is even more important for a novice in that they don't yet have anything to refine so they need to be almost totally concerned with building up their foundation.This is just a really efficient way to get strong over reasonable hypertrophy set/rep volume in the big lifts that really drive fully body growth. Hypertrophy isn't linear over the short term but over the mid/long term pushing up your squat, dead, bench, row, and overhead in 5x5 or similar ranges will drive hypertrophy. The better the stimulus the better the results, the more efficient the stimulus the more efficient the results.
Good luck with the program. You'll be fine with the starting weights, just move ahead and adjust on the fly as necessary to leave yourself with 2 weeks of record or near near-limit/limit lifting at the end.
EDIT: also Guiness5.0 - I just had the table of contents on the first page of the thread updated. I've linked just about all the important stuff so it can save you a lot of time rather than reading through page by page which gets more and more onerous as the thread grows.
Last edited by Madcow2; 24-May-2005 at 09:52 AM.