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I meant if I could progress on a diet under maintenance, I was assuming that you could at maintenance.

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Originally Posted by conceptionist View Post

I am not saying that maintaining your weight is as good for strength as gaining weight. Obviously you will get even stronger if you gain weight.
I am just sceptical of the fact that people below the advanced level need to gain weight in order to get stronger. Perhaps gaining weight is still ideal in most cases, as the beginner/intermediate can pack on more quality size in a given time frame than an advanced lifter, but if weight gain is not an option (for whatever reason) I still believe you can make decent progress in terms of muscle and strength gains at the same bodyweight.

Enhanced competitive strength athletes are not representative of the population at large. For every elite enhanced lifter there are tons of lifters that are natural, although not necessarily on the same relative level. They can also get stronger without gaining much weight.
I agree with you to an extent. You can make gains, albeit slower than if you were to eat over maintenance. I think a lot of 1rm max sports are heavily reliant on the efficiency of your cns as well as tendon and ligament strength. For me personally, the lift that changes drastically when weight gain or loss is present is deadlift which is understandable because the more weight you have pulling back while lifting the bar creates better leverage for you.
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You can make way better gains on a bulk, it's true. But you're gonna have to cut at some point. If you're above 15% it's better to cut now.
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Anyone have experience with boosting nitric oxide (either supplements or food) to shorten soreness or recovery time? I started reading about NO out of concern for my grandparents' high blood pressure, but found it is also supposedly dazzling in other areas, including flushing out lactic acid.

I've basically reverted to beginner status, and figured this would be helpful after trying to follow the advice here and up my workout frequency -- which can feel very counter-intuitive. I started taking Citruline caps, but didn't notice any difference. (I've read that this and plain old food [beets, spinach, celery, etc] are the best options as opposed to pricier NO supplements with lightning and screaming men and so-forth on the bottle]).

Curious because I found these do work in terms of blood flow/dilation and lowering blood pressure.
post #57155 of 57256
Squatty potty is a game changer
post #57156 of 57256
I use citrulline and arginine nitrate pre workout. Pumps, endurance, pumps, and more pumps.
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Originally Posted by MGoCrimson View Post

I use citrulline and arginine nitrate pre workout. Pumps, endurance, pumps, and more pumps.

Oh, wow. What brand? I tried Source Naturals citrulline caps, didn't feel any difference. Dosage is 2 grams three times a day, though I've read for exercise, 6 grams pre-exercise might be better.
post #57158 of 57256
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Originally Posted by MGoCrimson View Post

I use citrulline and arginine nitrate pre workout. Pumps, endurance, pumps, and more pumps.

 

Would you use citrulline every day or just pre-workout?

I've only been hitting the gym 3ish times a week these days. Trying to set up a shake interval etc, so I get some creatine everyday because you need that. Not sure if citrulline is best taken everyday or just pre workout!

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Originally Posted by noob in 89 View Post

Anyone have experience with boosting nitric oxide (either supplements or food) to shorten soreness or recovery time? I started reading about NO out of concern for my grandparents' high blood pressure, but found it is also supposedly dazzling in other areas, including flushing out lactic acid.

I've basically reverted to beginner status, and figured this would be helpful after trying to follow the advice here and up my workout frequency -- which can feel very counter-intuitive. I started taking Citruline caps, but didn't notice any difference. (I've read that this and plain old food [beets, spinach, celery, etc] are the best options as opposed to pricier NO supplements with lightning and screaming men and so-forth on the bottle]).

Curious because I found these do work in terms of blood flow/dilation and lowering blood pressure.

Eat healthy foods and work out often.

Nah that's probably being obtuse. Just try to avoid the rabbit hole - particularly when you're feeling noob status.
post #57160 of 57256

I've only ever used l-citrulline pre-workout. Its effects are acute, along with nitrates and agmatine,

 

6g citrulline, 2g arginine-nitrate, 2g agmatine sulfate = pumps for days. 

 

If you're looking for an all-in-one, I enjoy PES High Volume.

post #57161 of 57256
Really enjoy the 10 FS triples on a hungover day in the afternoon. Probably not what my coach had in mind though.
post #57162 of 57256
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Originally Posted by MGoCrimson View Post

I've only ever used l-citrulline pre-workout. Its effects are acute, along with nitrates and agmatine,

6g citrulline, 2g arginine-nitrate, 2g agmatine sulfate = pumps for days. 

If you're looking for an all-in-one, I enjoy PES High Volume.

Thanks. I'll definitely try that one out for pre-workouts some days. I did read that citrulline + a little bit of arginine is best, as straight arginine can quickly dissipate and even spark a reaction where your body makes anti-arginine (in extremely base and unscientific terms, I know). But it's good to hear that it's giving someone super-pumps.

@ridethecliche: I've read that the citrulline effect is supposed to be acute, though a lot of people on the interwebs subjectively report they have to take smaller amounts it every day to feel the effects. (Those were older men taking it for sexual functioning, though, which is I think what most are looking for). No idea how it would relate to exercise, though. I didn't feel any exercise effect on the recommended dose, 6g spread over a day -- most likely because that's the sex-enhancing dose, though not explicitly stated on the bottle.

@hendrix: Definitely agree on a basic healthy lifestyle, especially at noob status. This particular interest was just more of an excitement over a food or supplement actually, observably working (my blood pressure was never elevated, but I could see it drop consistently; sex like *woah* hours after drinking a cup of beet juice). Crazy.
post #57163 of 57256
I wonder how much watermelon one could eat - or watermelon juice one could drink - would be enough to get the same effect. Anyone want to figure it out?
post #57164 of 57256

Get the most bang for your buck and eat other people's leftover rinds?

post #57165 of 57256
Haha I've been taking it post workout. I should read up about shit. Yikes.
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