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    Knowing when to change your routine

    What do you guys use as evaluations to know when to change up your routine?

    When you see yourself in the mirror every day, it can be difficult to know if your results or progress is diminishing, other than when it's already gotten you far behind.

    What's the best indicator for you? BF analysis? Just feeling stagnated? or is it just based upon how far out from a contest you are?


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    mine is by no case scientific, but for me its simply when i get bored and need a new mix up. 12-16 weeks or so for me.

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    whenever i plateau... i can't make any progress on my current routine so i switch. I feel like if you're making good progress on a routine that you should keep going on it.

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    IDK, just something clicks and I change it up
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    For our PL's Travis it's usually when their numbers either won't go up or start to actually go down. Overtraining seems to be the biggest culprit.

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    I write my own routines for a 2 week time period, only the base exercises stay the same (bench, sohp, deads, squats, dips, pullups), everything else changes.
    Give chalk a chance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    What do you guys use as evaluations to know when to change up your routine?

    When you see yourself in the mirror every day, it can be difficult to know if your results or progress is diminishing, other than when it's already gotten you far behind.

    What's the best indicator for you? BF analysis? Just feeling stagnated? or is it just based upon how far out from a contest you are?
    Sounds like you're asking bodybuilders.

    For powerlifting, bench mainly, i've been doing the same damn thing for three years or more. When it stops working (well), i'll attack it from other angles. Never really had a plateau i couldn't think my way through in five years, so i dont know. I've got a whole bag o tricks i'm dyin' to implement, years ov theories, but i'm almost afraid ov abandoning the ol' routine...

    For olympic lifting, well, that really doesn't apply. I'll shut up now.

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