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    Muscle atrophy...when?

    Any idea when muscle atrophy takes place after stopping any lifting? Or approximately when it will start (for your average person)? Thanks guys.

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    For me, if I take more than 3 weeks off or so I notice a decent decline in strength. But I've only done that like once or twice since I've been lifting (3 1/2 years).

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    after missing 2 sessions of 5x5 benching, which was about 2 weeks, it went down 2.5 lbs...
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    I think so long as you're eating enough food in your off time, it will take awhile for you to actually lose any muscle, as in several weeks or even months.

    NOW, during that time your lifts will probably still go down, but I'm willing to bet that thats not because you lost any muscle. I'm thinking its more that your CNS has lost its "muscle memory," like why a picture or a golfer is crappy after a few days off.

    don't believe me? Lets say you can bench 250. You take two weeks off and your bench goes down 15 lbs. Seems like a heck of lot right? Surely you've lost some muscle right? well, unless your weight has gone down signifigantly then I highly doubt it. Thats only a 6% reduction in strength. Is it believable that you'd our golf or basketball game would get 6% crappier in two weeks? I'd say so. It doesn't mean you've lost any of your golf or basketball muscles, your nervous system has just forgot how to play XD
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    Quote Originally Posted by snikez View Post
    after missing 2 sessions of 5x5 benching, which was about 2 weeks, it went down 2.5 lbs...
    Which one could argue might have had more to due with the nervous system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefcaker View Post
    Which one could argue might have had more to due with the nervous system.
    I would argue that as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefcaker View Post
    Which one could argue might have had more to due with the nervous system.
    That's a valid explanation... as well as:
    Prior physical exertion throughout the day
    Sleep the night before
    Work stress during the day
    Food eaten before the workout (or lack thereof)
    Coffee or another caffeinated beverage being consumed
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