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    Sup,

    Been playing american football at uni, one of the coaches has recommended rippetoes so I'll be following that when I get back to uni (first week Jan).

    Primary goal is increasing strength (for football, and so I can move onto more specialised training), secondary is reducing bf%. Could anyone help me out with a few Qs?

    Here's where I'm at...

    Gender: Male
    Age: 22yo
    Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 265lbs
    BF: 31%
    LBM: 182lbs
    Diet: Ovo-lacto vegetarian
    Activity per week:
    + 3 gym sessions ala starting strength (starting Jan)
    + Cycle 40-60 miles
    + ~10 hours of american football practice/games

    How much total calories should I be getting to maximise strength increase?
    How much protein/fat should I be aiming for?
    Should I take creatine to replace what I would be getting by eating meat?
    What should be my target to move on from pure strength training into more focused and specialised strength/speed/power training?
    I've started getting mild knee pain, is it ok to sub in box squats to starting strength (my squat form isn't great and I don't want to kill my knees)?
    Lastly, what are the cheapest high protein meals for a vegetarian?

    Thanks
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    given your lean body mass you wanna retain as much of that as possible while cutting and at 31% bodyfat a cut is what you desperately need so I'd recommend a minimum of 200 grams of protein a day to help with maintaining it as much as possible, fat should be around 50-100 grams a day, low as possible if you're going hard core

    As for knees and squats, I find that when I do full parallel squats there's a lot less pressure on my knees, work on your form

    And whey protein is from milk so that should be ok for veggies

    Also give this a read http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...19&postcount=1

    I'm running this for a month from January to cut down bodyfat
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    Cheers dude, rep'd
 
 
 
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