alienmuaythai, read this. And when I say read this, I mean to really read it.
The reason I'm closing this thread is because it has outlived it's purpose. As much as this forum is kept open for all general questions, this is, in the end, a martial arts/combat sports site.
We cover general health questions, nutrition questions, medicine questions, illness questions, injury questions, power lifting questions, (Olympic) weight lifting questions, conditioning questions, crossfit questions, conditioning questions, strength questions and, when appropriate, muscular development questions given that all of those have direct applicability to martial arts/combat sports. We would also discuss training for size within the context of the methods just explained as well as bodybuilding to the degree that it does not interfere with physical training for martial arts/combat sports.
Having said that, we are not equipped to engage in long, ope n ended time-sink discussions related to increasing one's muscle size. That's primarily a bodybuilding question more suitable of sites such as www.t-nation.com and/or www.extremefitness.com. Beyond a basic discussion on that, that's something that is not going to be covered.
And the main reason for this is that a pure bodybuilding/figure/fitness training plan is generally not compatible or conductive for the performance martial arts/combat sports.
As a result, it would be the last topic to be covered in detail in this forum. The preference will always be on programs like 5x5s, West Side, Starting Strength, crossfit, gymnastics, (Olympic) weight lifting, power lifting, strongman, Ross training and all their derivatives as well as reasonable adherence to these methods (to reduce as much as possible any variables that might interfere with progress.)
Also, and this is clearly documented in the stickies. Do your research. Read. We don't want people asking questions when it's becoming obvious that they are not doing their research.
You can't be asking questions that have already been explained ad nausea either here or at another forum or book exclusively devoted to the topic under discussion.
No, you cannot come here and ask how to change a 5x5 program to make it challenging when it's been explained here and at the StrongLifts forum why you cannot. Either you are not reading, you want the information to be spoon-fed to you, or you are being obtuse, unwilling to do your research, and want to change things that work just because they look lame to you.
This is not an online chat room. Which leads me to the next. If you have an opinion, you better do your best to support it.
If you are going to say that X or Y is lame, you better fucking understand why and be ready to explain it so in a manner that is articulate and with luxury of details.
Saying that something is lame or this or that just because it looks that way to you doesn't cut it here. Explain why and with facts, not opinions. You are not paying attention how we operate. You are not paying attention or you don't care. You are being obstructive and not contributing to anything.
We want people that think and do research so that they can contribute, not open-ended time sinks.
What we are, unapologetically, is hostile to people who seem to be unwilling to think or to do their own homework before asking questions. People like that are time sinks — they take without giving back, and they waste time we could have spent on another question more interesting and another person more worthy of an answer. We call people like this “losers” (and for historical reasons we sometimes spell it “lusers”).
We're (largely) volunteers. We take time out of busy lives to answer questions, and at times we're overwhelmed with them. So we filter ruthlessly. In particular, we throw away questions from people who appear to be losers in order to spend our question-answering time more efficiently, on winners.
If you find this attitude obnoxious, condescending, or arrogant, check your assumptions. We're not asking you to genuflect to us — in fact, most of us would love nothing more than to deal with you as an equal and welcome you into our culture, if you put in the effort required to make that possible. But it's simply not efficient for us to try to help people who are not willing to help themselves. It's OK to be ignorant; it's not OK to play stupid.
So, while it isn't necessary to already be technically competent to get attention from us, it is necessary to demonstrate the kind of attitude that leads to competence — alert, thoughtful, observant, willing to be an active partner in developing a solution. If you can't live with this sort of discrimination, we suggest you pay somebody for a commercial support contract instead of asking hackers to personally donate help to you.
Open-ended questions tend to be perceived as open-ended time sinks. Those people most likely to be able to give you a useful answer are also the busiest people (if only because they take on the most work themselves). People like that are allergic to open-ended time sinks, thus they tend to be allergic to open-ended questions.
You are more likely to get a useful response if you are explicit about what you want respondents to do (provide pointers, send code, check your patch, whatever). This will focus their effort and implicitly put an upper bound on the time and energy a respondent must allocate to helping you. This is good.
There is an ancient and hallowed tradition: if you get a reply that reads “RTFM”, the person who sent it thinks you should have Read The Fucking Manual. He or she is almost certainly right. Go read it.
RTFM has a younger relative. If you get a reply that reads “STFW”, the person who sent it thinks you should have Searched The Fucking Web. He or she is almost certainly right. Go search it. (The milder version of this is when you are told “Google is your friend!”)
In Web forums, you may also be told to search the forum archives. In fact, someone may even be so kind as to provide a pointer to the previous thread where this problem was solved. But do not rely on this consideration; do your archive-searching before asking.
Often, the person telling you to do a search has the manual or the web page with the information you need open, and is looking at it as he or she types. These replies mean that he thinks (a) the information you need is easy to find, and (b) you will learn more if you seek out the information than if you have it spoon-fed to you.
You shouldn't be offended by this; by hacker standards, your respondent is showing you a rough kind of respect simply by not ignoring you. You should instead be thankful for this grandmotherly kindness.