I've very much enjoyed reading all the responses in this thread.
I'm just going to think out loud here a bit...
As I get older (29 now), I'm starting to wonder if I should start to prioritize a few times a year some hypertrophy phases to add 10lbs or so of muscle. Spending a lot of time with seniors, I see how loss of muscle mass can hurt. I wonder if building more now while I am on the younger side will have long term benefit as strength and mass inevitably declines. The crossfit/GoT video highlights how mass is helpful.
Some of us, as I have explained my other posts, choose to be the best we can be with minimal changes in muscle mass.At some point, you need more muscle to lift more, as your movement can only be perfect some percentage of the time and the ability to recruit MUs is only marginally improveable. Muscle is what creates the force and you need more of it if your goal is to get as strong as it is possible for you to get, and from then on your strength gains are driven by hypertrophy.
ones relative maxs start to go down even as adding more mass increases maximal strength
I wonder, at what point ones relative maxs start to go down even as adding more mass increases maximal strength for a natural lifter.
... which is why I do not suggest following that logic to its extreme. I'm afraid you (and the lovely Bill Been as well) miss my point.But Steve, if you follow that logic to its conclusion, you should either get emaciated before your next meet or you might as well be a geared drug user. Kind of extreme.
jac17 said:I wonder, at what point ones relative maxs start to go down even as adding more mass increases maximal strength for a natural lifter.