Q: I'm going to be opening a gym and I would like your advice on the equipment that should be purchased. Is there a line of machine equipment that is better than another? Any information in general you can get me would be greatly appreciated.

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Q: Charles, I've read your book and I think it's fantastic. Right now I work out each body part once every five days: day 1 = legs, day 2 = chest & back, day 3 = off, day 4 = shoulders and arms, day 5 = off and day 6 = start over. I do cardio training on the off days along with training abs, calves, forearms and external shoulder rotators. I want to try the arm routine in your book, but I'm not sure how to fit in 3 arm workouts a week? Also, what's the best day to do deadlifts on? Right now I do them on leg day.

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Q: So here's the situation: I am an kickboxer and freestyle fighter (you know, like the UFC but with rules), and have to maintain a certain weight. I am currently fighting as a light middleweight which ranges anywhere from 147 to 155 pounds, depending on the organization/promoter. I really like this division because I am not disadvantaged by the height and reach of fighters in higher weight classes. So the question I really want answered is how to improve strength WITHOUT putting on mass. Every time I begin a weight training regimen, I always manage to put on a few pounds within a week. Realize that I am 150 pounds and carry only 6% body fat. Any suggestions? Also, I really don't like cutting weight too close to a fight because I lose endurance.

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Q: It seems clear to me that there is a correlation between an increase in body weight (whether fat or muscle) and maximal strength. I'm drawing this conclusion from the powerlifting formulae and the huge difference in world records for various weight classes. I'm 200 pounds at about 12% body fat and I FINALLY benched 315 pounds. All other factors excluded, what, if any consequences can I expect if I drop to 7% body fat or a weight of around 188? Please keep in mind that I'd rather jump off a bridge than not be able to bench 3 plates again.

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