1. I have been suffering some strength losses during the past few weaks. I have hit a certain peak on a given exercise and then returned the following week and not been able to get the same.
For instance... I was benching 2 65 pound DB's last week, and today I was struggling with 3 sets of 60. I chalked it up to being a little tired but I have noticed this with a few other things like curls. I leveled out at 55 on DB curls and couldn't go up anymore. So I started doing more BB curls to switch it up and now I can barely get a set of 55 DB's.... So I feel I went down in strength. I haven't really done anything different diet wise and I haven't let up on lifting. I've actually gained some weight in the past couple weeks so I can't explain it.
Any ideas and what should I do?
2. When you level out on an exercise and cannot get a set in at any higher, should you
A. Stick with the same weight and continue till you get stronger
B. Increase weight and sacrifice reps
I feel I'm getting to a point with my lifts that if I don't grow a lot I won't be able to go up much more. My bench is the exception cuz I know it's weak anyway. But my curls and tri routines probably won't improve until my arms do some growing.
3. If you stick to the same weight for several weeks are you gonna grow?? I know it takes more weight to make your muscle grow but if you are curling the same amount for a bunch of weeks will your arms just maintain and not grow, or is it possible to grow without increasing weight??? I often see big guys who can have obviously been lifting for years curling 45 DB's. I'm pretty sure they can do more but they stick to that weight. Is that ok, and will it stimulate growth???