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Mass Gainer v Whey Protein (advantages of mass gainers over whey protein)
Which one is better for powerlifters?
 
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Repacked

Punxsutawney resident
One is protein, the other is protein with carbs. That is all. There is nothing powerlifting specific. What you require depends entirely on the context of the rest of your diet.
 
I don't believe "mass gainers" are good for any purpose other than to increase the amount of fat on said body.

whey protein is helpful if you are trying to maintain an amount of Protien for your body to facilitate the growth of muscle.
but Protien isn't the only thing that builds it.

if you are trying to enter a heavier weight class in a small amount of time then a mass gainer could be useful
 

Shrek

Fucked up Kunce
They can be useful for hardgainers to ingest more calories..quickly.
They make me gag. 😑
 

Fadi

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Maintaining LBM is the difficulty
...especially if you carry excess of it like bodybuilders do, then yes for sure it's a time consuming exercise to maintain what you've built (again I emphasise, beyond what your body needs).
 
I want to add as much strength and muscle mass as possible and increase my lifts

while minimizing fat gains. i also find it hard to gain weight, maybe i just need to up the calories
 
I want to add as much strength and muscle mass as possible and increase my lifts

while minimizing fat gains. i also find it hard to gain weight, maybe i just need to up the calories

Yep, your focus is on getting strong.
are you competing?
 

Fadi

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I want to add as much strength and muscle mass as possible...
You can take up violin lessons, and at the same time, also learn how to play the piano. You'll be good in both, but not as good as if you focused your time and energy on learning one instrument at a time.

Getting stronger or larger muscles is nothing more than a side effect to a particular training protocol. You need to start thinking about functional adaptation. To help you with that, I've included a video for you to think and reflect upon.


Now if your wish is to get super strong, then what you'll need to look at is something that was not mentioned in the video above. That's training with your focus being on your nervous system rather than on your muscular system. In other words, here you'll be training for neuromuscular efficiency, where the firing of your nerves become so efficient in maximising muscular recruitment and contraction, in order to lift a particular weight. The way you lift that weight will depend on the way you train your nervous system, i.e. you can specialise in brute strength (a la powerlifting), or explosive strength, a la Olympic weightlifting where power (coupled with technique) is the name of the game.

All the best.
 
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