Originally Posted by BendtheBar
Muscle gain. I'm talking strictly in a bodybuilding sense.
Well, I started out doing 6-day BBing splits when I was 16. I was definitely under-eating at the time, but I still think it was the wrong way to go.
I would have to be honest and say that any BBing base should be built on a pure strength base. Squats, DL, OH Press, Rows and to a lesser degree, bench press.
You could work up to an impressive strength level, then add reps at that stage (similar to Bulldozer) and THEN worry about "shaping." I think if you're not close to a BW of 200 lbs, then what are you shaping?
After a more basic break-in (like Starting Strength), I really like the MadCow 5x5 format, so something similar to that would be my suggestion.