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Can You Gain 5 Pounds of Muscle per Month?

Written on October 30, 2008 at 1:00 pm, by Eric Cressey

I just received this email from a happy Maximum Strength customer:

“I just did my post-testing two weeks ago after the Maximum Strength Program. I thought you might want to know the results:

OLD Lifts | NEW Lifts

Box Squat: 315 | 345

Deadlift: 365 | 385

Military Press: 160 | 175
[note from EC: I guess he opted to test this instead of his bench press]

Chin-up 3RM (total system weight): 200 | 210

Bodyweight: 175 lbs | 195 lbs

I am very happy with the results. Thanks a lot!

Ashiem”

20 pounds in four months? That’s five pounds a month! Not too shabby at all…


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  • Guylaine Cadorette

    Eric … Would you recommend Maximum Strength for women?

  • W

    5 pounds is not 5 pounds of muscle. How did hid not-lean mass do ?

  • _Wolf_

    Coach Cressey, Thank you for the kind words regarding my progress and thank you for putting up my results. I truly enjoyed MS and I am employing a number of ideas into my regular training.

    To the poster above, “W” I would like to say that no, not all of that was lean muscle. But regardless, I was able to gain a LOT of strength because I followed MS to a “T” with the only modification being Military Press (strict, standing) in place of the Bench Press. This is because I have shoulder injuries and I find it a bit painful to bench regularly. But nonetheless, while following MS my shoulders improved and I have been able to push my Bench from 205 to 225. So in all, I think I did well.

    If anyone is interested, my videos are located on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/anuj247

    I apologize for derailing this post, Coach.

    Thanks once again for all your help and for the book. I am very glad that I got it. Thank you, sir.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Ashiem.


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