Last wrestling season, I found that I was much weaker in comparison to people of similar bodyfat, weight, and height. After season, I started a 5x5 similar to Christophers', and ate like crazy. I've gained some strength, and some weight, but I feel like my weightgain is disproportional to my strength gain. I'm 5'5". Stats at the end of season: Weight: 127 Bodyfat: 10% at beginning of season, stayed the same, maybe raised a little. Bench: 125lbsx10 or so, never checked 5 rep max Squat: 235 to slightly above parallel Deadlifts: 200x5 Stats now: Weight: 142 Bodyfat: More or less the same. Bench: 145x3-4 Squat: 205x5 ATG Deads: 225x5 (PR Yesterday ) I just feel that my weight gain to strength gain ratio is too low. I feel that what I've gained is mostly lbm, not much water weight considering I always weigh myself at the same time/situation. Obviously I want the best strength per weight ratio possible, since moving up a weight class is extremely difficult. So, in short, my question is: will I make strength gains at maintenance (2500 kcalories per day)? I searched all over but found nothing except people rabidly endorsing bodyweight exercises . Cliffsnotes: Can I make strength gains at maintenace caloric intake, assuming I get enough protein/efa's? Also, can I cut down on "excess muscle" I've gained in this bulking process, but retain strength?